The Dragon In The Sea
A brilliant psychologist-electronics expert is planted in the crew of the subtug Ram to find out what is happening.
And theory becomes terrifying reality when, miles deep under the ocean, the minds of the crew begin to crack...
Read by John Horton
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A good ol' subtug story couched in continuing war (although Russia is only alluded to), and hissing, whistling vinta ...more
Frank Herbert's first science fiction novel, set in about 2020 and written in 1956, today reads more like a contemporary thriller than science fiction, even though it is set in a somewhat different world to the real one. It is set during a length, drawn out nuclear war (it was written at a time when comparatively little was known and much less public about the effects of a nuclear attack). The West is running short of oil but cannot easily obt ...more
I love a good sub war book, and this reminded me of The Hunt for Red October. Some of the technology is a advanced (a signal rep ...more
Aspects of this b ...more
Cet ouvrage devrait à mon avis être lu par les fans comme un brouillon à Destination Vide. On y retrouve en effet les mêmes ingrédients : un équipage peu nombreux, un environnement stressant, la présence mêlée de la rel ...more
There are four men aboard the subtug, and since one of them is Ram ...more
It would have worked better as a tight short story.
In a war-torn future, Britain has been destroyed by a Soviet Union that has rolled over most of Europe. The United States remains defiant, but is desperate for oil and resorts to underwater drilling operations. After every sub they send out is de ...more
Good story, lots of 1950's future tech, ...more
The story is set in a future America (past 2021, at least) that is in a prolonged war with Russia. (Now that I think about it, I'm not actually sure if Russia was spelled out, but it's obvious.) New submarine technology has developed, producing subtugs: submarines that sneak into enemy territory to drill for and steal their oil. That's where the war part comes in, but it ...more
Herbert sho ...more
There are a few things that immediately jump out as rather proto-Duneish. The environment of the characters takes on a role ...more
Or, tout ce qu'il a touché avant d'en arriver là n'est pas nécessairement de l'or.
Dans « Le dragon sous la mer », publié en 1956, l'auteur a brassé sur le papier sa passion de la psychologie, de la religion et du monde hyper-technique et cloîtré des sous-marins sur un fond de guerre froide et de paranoïa anti-communiste complètement... imbuvable.
Dans ce récit sans pause ...more
As for faults, this book is technical as all hell. Frank Herbert is so exact and minute and exhausting when describing the actions and movements and re-cal ...more
The Dragon in the Sea is a science-fiction submarine-battle psychological thriller. It was written in the 1950s and for the most part it stands the test of time. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the modern submarine-battle thrillers like Das Boot and The Hunt for Red October owe it a debt.
It's not just a battle story, it's also a compelling depiction of the ways m ...more
Herbert is famous, of course, for his Dune series and rightly so. But in many ways Dragon is a better book than Dune. It is a story without any unnecessary pages or lines. The story works its way up gradually and then carries the reader along on an amazing adventure at flank speed.
The book follows the story ...more
Though the science fiction aspects of the story are a bit dated (published in 1955, the sub is controlled manually with what would now be considered antiquated technology), the story is still exciting. I don't know if the psychology is outdated, but it was fascinating. ...more
He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi ...more