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The Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert

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God Emperor of Dune
Book Four

Centuries have passed on Dune itself, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice...

I was born Leto Atreides II more than three thousand standard years ago... My father was Paul Muad'Dib. My mother was his Fremen consort, Chani.... My paternal grandmother was Jessica, a product of the Bene Gesserit breeding scheme in their search for a male who could share the powers of the Sisterhood's Reverend Mothers. ...The Golden Path is the survival of human kind, nothing more nor less.....this has always been our responsibility. ...This planet of Arrakis from which I direct my multigalactic Empire is no longer what it was in the days when it was known as Dune. In those days, the entire planet was a desert. Now, there is just this little remnant, my Sareer. No longer does the giant sandworm roam free, producing the spice melange..."
  -from the Hadi Benotto translation of the volumes discovered at Dar-es-Balat: