Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson told the story of the years immediately before Dune began in the three volumes of Prelude to Dune. In Legends of Dune they turned to the historical background of Frank Herbert's universe. Now, in this new book they take the reader to the creation of the Dune novels themselves. THE ROAD TO DUNE includes passages dropped from the original Dune and Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert, as well as letters about its original publication. And for their own readers, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have written four original short stories and Spice Planet, a new short novel based directly on an outline by Frank Herbert. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have crafted an unputdownable collection: from the notes, outlines and correspondence Frank Herbert left behind on his death; from the conversations and brainstorming sessions between Frank Herbert and his son Brian; and from their own stories and characters in Prelude to Dune and Legends of Dune.