|Submitted by Cam S. |
(Jul 17, 2001)
As a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I have, as I am willing to bet most of you have, heard of Frank Herbert. But all I seem to hear about from him is Dune. To my surprise, I found this gem under his name--A story revolving around a Deus ex Machina ("God out of the Machine" or a mechanical God) like Dune, this one deals with a rebellion against a higher power, that of the Chaplaine/Psychiatrist Morgan Oakes, a despot who is killing off the dominant local organism--"The Electrokelp." The leader of this rebellion is no messiah--he isn't a Paul Muad'dib, he is another Chaplaine/Psychiatrist who was placed in suspended animation years ago. The Jesus Incident, is, in my opinion, Herbert's true Magnum Opus, a piece of all-to-rare Religiously-based, character-driven science fiction that isn't dominated by thousands of alien species and interstellar wars--but man's search for God.