I just read the new Dune novel... I wasn’t amused. Fortunately though, It did inspire me to go back and read the original. It caused a few ideas to pop into my head, there sort of brief outlines right now.
1) A Witch’s Apprentice: A young Acolyte is about to undergo the spice agony, and has recently ended up in the care and training of one of the younger Reverend Mothers. The girl shows surprising promise, but has as of yet she hasn’t learned to suppress “love.” It is up to the Reverend Mother to break her of this petty emotion, using whatever means necessary. Though, through a quirk of fate, quite the opposite happens and the two are drawn into a forbidden romance, now... If only they can keep it secret from the rest of the sisters. Though, how can you hide something from people who have the innate capacity to sense truth?
2) On The Sands: The Fremen are a desert people, hardened by there planet and transformed into fearsome warriors before they’ve reached puberty. They are also the greatest weapon at the disposal of a rising warlord, The Lisan Al Ghaib, Known by some as Paul Maudib or Usul. Soon, the soldier fanatics will take back their home land in the name of their saviour, but this tale does not follow the Messiah... It maybe trapped in his wake, but in the end the whole universe is.
This is a tale of a young woman, taken into the ranks of the Fremen Fedykin and the lover that she finds there, but can love truly blossom on blood stained sands? And what’s worse Is it even possible to love another when a flesh and blood messiah walks amongst your people?
(More to come! *Sigh* I love these books...)