21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion


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Leto Atreides II
Art by Devon Cady-Lee

Classification: God Emperor of Humanity

Description: Due to his hybrid human/sandworm nature, Leto Atreides II reigned longer and saw further in time than any ruler in history. Boasting near-physical invulnerability and godlike prescient powers, Leto dominated an immense interstellar empire for 3,500 years. While a time of peace in the known universe, his reign was just one aspect of his envisioned "golden path" to enable humanity's ultimate long-term survival long after his demise.

Further Study: "God Emperor of Dune" by Frank Herbert


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.