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Paperback Spotlight: Mentats of Dune

Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. AndersonOnce a month, we’re spotlighting a Tor book that’s about to become available in paperback. Today, we’re featuring Mentats of Dune, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, which will be published on February 3rd!

In Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues. We hope you enjoy this excerpt:

What do all our accomplishments matter, if they do not last beyond our lifetimes?
HEADMASTER GILBERTUS ALBANS, Mentat School Archives

The great Mentat School was his—from the initial concept seven decades ago, to choosing this location in the remote marshes on Lampadas, to the many graduates he had trained over the years. With quiet efficiency and determination, Gilbertus Albans was changing the course of human civilization.

And he would not let Emperor Salvador Corrino or the fanatical antitechnology Butlerians take it away from him.

In the nearly two centuries of his artificially extended life, Gilbertus had learned how to survive. Realizing that controversial and charismatic figures tended not to remain alive for long, he played his public role with great care—remaining quiet and unobtrusive, even consenting to distasteful alliances that, according to his projections, helped the overall goals of his Mentat School.

Mentats: humans with minds so organized they could function as computers in a reactionary society that reviled any hint of thinking machines. Not even his own trainees knew that Gilbertus secretly drew upon the unique background, wisdom, and experiences of his mentor, the notorious robot Erasmus. He feared that even his most supportive students would balk at that. Nevertheless, after years of consistently reliable performance, his Mentat graduates were becoming indispensable to the noble houses of the Imperium.

In such dangerous times, though, any question or mere suspicion could bring down the school. He knew what had happened to the Sisterhood on Rossak. If he made the slightest mistake and revealed his true identity …

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Kevin J. Anderson at Denver Comic Con

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Mentats of Dune, will be at this year’s Denver Comic Con this weekend, June 13-15.

Check out his schedule of panels:

Friday, June 13th

  • 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Panel: Tor and WordFire: Bestselling Author Kevin J. Anderson talks about being a Tor Books author and also the publisher of WordFire Press, Room 207

Saturday, June 14th

  • 11:45 AM – 12:35 PM Panel: Star Wars: Exploring the Expanded Universe, Kevin J. Anderson, including Tor author David Farland,  Room 103/105
  • 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM: Star Wars vs. Dune-Kevin Anderson Film, with Kevin J. Anderson, Room 403/404
  • 3:00 PM: Kevin J. Anderson Signing at BOOM! Studios Booth 500
  • 4:45 PM – 5:35 PM: The Writing Process: Focus on Sci-Fi with Kevin J. Anderson, Room 106

Sunday, June 15th

  • 11:45 AM – 12:35 PM Panel: Building My First Lightsaber with Kevin J. Anderson, Room 106

In addition to Denver Comic Con, Kevin will also be stopping at conventions across the country. Here’s where he’ll be in the upcoming months:

  • Tuesday-Friday, August 29-September 1
    Dragoncon
    Atlanta, GA

Kevin J. Anderson at Dallas Comic Con

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Mentats of Dune, will be at this year’s Dallas Comic Con this weekend, May 16-18. He will be signing autographs (for free) at a large table in the Exhibit Hall, Booth 1049.

Check out his schedule of panels:

Saturday, May 17th

  • 3:00 PM Panel: Q&A with International Bestselling Author, Kevin J. Anderson, Room 222

Sunday, May 18th

  • 12:00 PM Panel: Building My First Lightsaber: From Fanboy to Bestselling Author, with Kevin J. Anderson, Room 151A

In addition to Dallas Comic Con, Kevin will also be stopping at conventions across the country. Here’s where he’ll be in the upcoming months:

  • Tuesday-Friday, August 29-September 1
    Dragoncon
    Atlanta, GA

Kevin J. Anderson at FanX

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Mentats of Dune, will be at this year’s FanX!

Check out his schedule of panels:

Friday, April 17

  • 11:00 AM Panel: The Writers of Star Wars, Room 250A
    Featured: Kevin J. Anderson, David Wolverton, Michael A. Stackpole, and Bryan Young
  • 7:00 PM Panel: Steampunk for the Ages, Room 151A
    Featured: Kevin J. Anderson, James Wymore, Dan Willis, Scott Taylor, and Jennifer McGrew

Saturday, April 18th

  • 1:00 PM Panel: Building My First Lightsaber: From Fanboy to Bestselling Author, Room 151A
    Featured: Kevin J. Anderson

In addition to FanX, Kevin will also be stopping at conventions across the country. Here’s where he’ll be in the upcoming months:

  • Tuesday-Friday, August 29-September 1
    Dragoncon
    Atlanta, GA

Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert at ECCC

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, the authors of Mentats of Dune, will be at this year’s Emerald City Comic-con! Check out their schedule of panels and signings:

Friday, March 21st

  • 12 – 1 PM Signing: BOOM! Booth (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will be signing Mentats of Dune)
  • 3 – 3:50 PM ECCC Writer’s Block presents Kevin J. Anderson, Room: 3AB

Saturday, March 22nd

  • 12:30 – 2 PM Guest Signing Area (Kevin J. Anderson will be signing)
  • 6 – 6:50 PM Panel: Weaving a World Through Short Fiction, Block (309-310)
    Award-winning authors Kevin J. Anderson (Jedi Academy), David Farland (The Mummy Chronicles), and Cat Rambo (A Seed Upon the Wind) talk about writing a world-building anthology for aboriginal fantasy TV series: Animism.

Sunday, March 23rd

  • 10 – 11 AM Signing: BOOM! Booth (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will be signing Mentats of Dune)
  • 11 – 11:50 AM Panel with Kevin J. Anderson: World Building for Fun and Profit, Block (309-310)
  • 4 – 5 PM  Signing: BOOM! Booth (Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will be signing Mentats of Dune)

In addition to ECCC, Kevin J. Anderson will also be stopping at conventions across the country. Here’s where he’ll be in the upcoming months:

  • Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19
    FanX
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tuesday-Friday, August 29-September 1
    Dragoncon
    Atlanta, GA

5 Tor titles Featured in Amazon Editors’ Big Spring Books

Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Tropic of Serpents by Marie BrennanMentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. AndersonAfterparty by Daryl GregoryMy Real Children by Jo Walton

Five Tor Titles make Amazon Editors’ Big Spring Books list
in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category!

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson

THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS by Marie Brennan

MENTATS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory

MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton

Check out the complete list here!

 

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