The Ascension Factor (Destination: Void, #4)
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The Ascension Factor (The Pandora Sequence #3)

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This final book in the "Destination: Void" collaboration between Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, set twenty-five years after the previous book The Lazarus Effect, concludes the story of the planet Pandora.
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published February 5th 1990 by Random House Value Publishing (first published January 1st 1988)
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Scribble Orca

I'll never know whether it was the homage as apology that prefaced this book which coloured my reaction to it. My suspicion, however, is that it played a minor role.

I dug out the two preceding books and rifled through each after I finished The Ascension Factor. Rather fearfully, in fact....more

If you've read any of the Destination: Void series, you'll know that this final book is different. That's because Frank Herbert passed away before it was written. So when you notice his name on the front of the book, that's not really true. Bill Ransom claims that Frank Herbert helped with a character sketch of the book, and I'm sure that the two authors talked about plans for the book over coffee.

As far as I can tell, that's about it.

The Ascension Factor is fairly...more
...Given the obstacles life threw in Herbert's direction during the writing of the series, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it is not his a highlight in his oeuvre. They are perfectly readable in a way but The Jesus Incident is unpolished, The Lazarus Effect uninspired and The Ascension Factor unconvincing. In a way, I can still enjoy the ideas Herbert and Ransom put in this novel. They are genuine Herbert in most places and I can see how they fit in the larger body of his work, but the stor...more
Set 25 years after the events in The Lazarus Effect, The Ascension Factor concludes the Pandora Sequence trilogy. Though the entire trilogy was a collaboration between Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, Herbert died two years before The Ascension Factor was published. While this book is definitely Herbert-esque, Ransom's influence is noticeably heavier than in the preceding two novels and characterizations felt quite different.

As in most any Herbert novel, The Ascension Factor explores various theme...more
Feb 18, 2009 Dustin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Frank Herbert
Though not nearly as well known as the Dune series, Herbert's trilogy with Bill Ransom is at least as potent, if not even more so. Whereas the Dune storyline gets progressively larger and larger, and more and more snarled and difficult to decypher, the drama on the planet of Pandora is far more streamlined. Rather than the competing interests of 28 different guilds and houses, etc, Pandora has a single space-ships crew of humans....the first book is them trying to settle the planet, the 2nd book...more
Tazio Bettin
Not a bad final chapter of the Pandora trilogy of Frank Herbert, although this specific book has been mainly written by Bill Ransom, his co-writer in the trilogy.
There are interesting themes regarding alien intelligence and the possible patterns of survival of humankind, some of which are clearly dear to Herbert and are investigated in his other works.
In the end this cycle of books definitely wasn't Herbert's masterpiece, but an interesting and thought-provoking read nonetheless.
David Teachout
A wonderfully brilliant conclusion to a great trilogy, though perhaps it could be quadrology(?) In either case, the promise of the kelp is here fully realized in a blend of science fiction and spirituality that is incredible as it is profoundly human. The ascension is here not a thing beyond or in spite of us, but completely blended within us, together with one another. Stunning and beautiful.
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Disappoint with the last book. Felt rushed and the authors are desperate. The Zavatan felt like they are thrown in for good measure. It was a nice read but they should of stuck with the third book.
Ok, I didn't even know this was the last book in a trilogy until about 5 minutes ago. Even so, just an average book. Not bad but not really special. Would hope for more from Frank Hebert.
this series is so underrated, I think its better then dune
L Train
Jun 19, 2013 L Train rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to L by: Jesse Bjorn
This was the most taxing to read of the four. The characters bored me. The climax was uninteresting. The book was just, eh.
Rowan O'bryan
didn't even know this book existed until this week! it's the final book about Ship and the colony on Pandora. must. find.
read this in highschool and i loved it. just bought another copy of all three of them
Alexander Debkaliuk
A worthy finale! Rises up gradually from start to a planet-wide epic ending.
Finished solely to end the series.
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