The Lazarus Effect (novel)

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The Lazarus Effect
The Lazarus Effect (1983).jpg
AuthorsFrank Herbert and
Bill Ransom
Cover artistAbe Echevarria[1]
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
813/.54 19
LC ClassPS3558.E63 L3 1983
Preceded byThe Jesus Incident 
Followed byThe Ascension Factor 

The Lazarus Effect (1983) is the third science fiction novel set in the Destination: Void universe by the American author Frank Herbert and poet Bill Ransom. It takes place some time after the events in The Jesus Incident (1979).

Plot summary[edit]

The Lazarus Effect continues the story of the planet Pandora that began in The Jesus Incident. The sentient kelp is almost extinct, Ship is gone, there is no more dry land, the majority of humanity is heavily mutated from the genetic experiments performed by Jesus Lewis, and a power-hungry mad man is attempting to control the planet. But the kelp is returning and this time Avata does not remain passive while people refuse to worship.

Major themes[edit]

The book deals with concepts such as artificial intelligence, worship and the inherent problems of totalitarianism. It also addresses the issues of clones, genetic engineering and racism.


Dave Langford reviewed The Lazarus Effect for White Dwarf #50, and stated that "Not top-class Herbert - dunno about Ransom - but far better than its predecessor."[2]


  1. ^ isfdb
  2. ^ Langford, Dave (February 1984). "Critical Mass". White Dwarf. Games Workshop (Issue 50): 14.