The last DUNE novel Frank Herbert wrote before his death, CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE, ends on a cliffhanger, the story obviously unfinished. In the notes left behind at his death, Frank Herbert provided a complete outline for the grand climax of the "Dune Chronicles," a story he had not titled other than "Dune 7."

A great deal of vital information has been set up in the first two prequel trilogies, and now a large readership -- who had never before finished reading HERETICS OF DUNE and CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE -- is ready for the rest of the story after the end of CHAPTERHOUSE.

During their recent lengthy tour for THE MACHINE CRUSADE, Brian and Kevin spent a great deal of time brainstorming and adding details to the outline Frank Herbert had left in a safety deposit box. The story is so large it is best told in two volumes, which are tentatively titled HUNTERS OF DUNE and SANDWORMS OF DUNE. Having already delivered the manuscript for the third book in their "Legends of Dune" trilogy, THE BATTLE OF CORRIN, they plan to begin full-fledged work on DUNE 7 early in 2004. If all goes as planned, the first half of the story could be published as early as September 2005, a year after THE BATTLE OF CORRIN is released.

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