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Email me; I'm happy to help! A new science fiction novel by the author of Dune and The Eyes of Heisenberg. First published in a shorter version in Amazing Stories magazine. Why won't even one Santarogan trade with an outsider? That's what we want to know. What's this Santaroga Barrier which keeps us from doing business there? Once he is actually in the isolated community of Santaroga, Dasein senses a strange, mysterious quality that permeates the very essence of the town.

The people have lost all personal identity; they have become masks for something that is the same in all of them Something is decidedly odd about the place.

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Dasein knows two investigators have tried to study the town before and neither lived to tell the tale. No violence mind you, just accidents. All together it is enough to put him on edge. He has reason to believe he will be more successful though. If not for her insistence of returning to the valley, they would have a future together. The Santaroga Barrier was first published in serialized from in Amazing Stories in and , only a few years after his big hit Dune. Psychoactive substances were clearly still on his mind at that time. Then again, how could they not have been in an era when LSD was quite popular.

There obviously is something different about the people in Santaroga and that difference is caused by a mysterious substance known to the locals as Jaspers. Daseis, as a trained psychologist, does know what he is looking for and he quickly notices the brutal honesty of the people in Santaroga as well as their brusque, straightforward manner and use of language.

The first of many clues about the nature of Santaroga. The effect of Jaspers is apparently based on the work of Martin Heidegger, a German philosopher best known for his book Sein und Zeit Time and Being. This mindset has its consequences for the way the Santarogans have shaped their community.

Besides the effect of Jaspers on the individual, Dasein soon discovers there is another level of change as well. Throughout the novel there are hints of a group mind at work. This process seems to be almost entirely unconscious but several near fatal accidents convince Dasein that the town as a whole considers the outside world which he represents as a threat. It raises a suspicion bordering on paranoia in Dasein. The gradually building suspicion and the process of Dasein fitting together the clues he finds makes for some very interesting, if not particularly light, reading.

I guess one could read The Santaroga Barrier as a more or less standard science fiction story about a remote somewhat strange community hiding a big secret. On the surface it is just that.

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

Herbert has built in an impressive deeper layer of meaning in the seemingly trivial everyday occurrences in the book. Like a lot of science fiction novels of this era, it does not excel in great characterization.

It would have been interesting if Herbert had made a bit more work of developing her character and the relationship between the two. The main character and the entire book are very focused on solving the puzzle, on defusing the crisis that is brewing. That is not something everybody will appreciate in this book. I guess thematically and stylistically The Santaroga Barrier is a book of its time. It leans very heavily on the ideas Herbert used as an inspiration. Piaget was named for the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget.

Jaspers, the psychoactive substance in the book, is named for Karl Jaspers , a German psychiatrist and philosopher and contemporary of Heidegger who claimed that individual authenticity required a joining with the "transcendent other," traditionally known as God. David Pringle rated The Santaroga Barrier three stars out of four and described the novel as "one of Herbert's more effective treatments of the hive mentality-and the possible next step in the evolution of human intelligence.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Santaroga Barrier Cover of first edition paperback. Herbert, Frank July The book never states "southern California" but describes the location of Santaroga as " Porterville was 25 miles away, ten miles outside the valley on the road he had taken. The other direction led over a winding, twisting mountain road some forty miles before connecting with highway Retrieved from " https: Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July