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Dune

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Author(s): Frank Herbert
Format: Book › Mass Market Paperback all formats
Published: 09-01-1990
ISBN: 0441172717
Pages: 896
Publisher: Ace
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Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the most popular science fiction books ever and a book that you can read over and over again. It's a grand, intriguing space opera that has had a huge impact on subsequent science fiction writers. The age of the book (published in the mid-60s) shows itself in some places in the story, but the dreamlike desert of the sandworms and the mystical doings of the Spacing Gild and the Bene Gesserit witches continue to appeal to modern readers. Just like the main character Paul Atreides, who grows up in the story and plays his role as Muad'dib - the Kwisatz Haderach. One of the absolute recommendations in science fiction books, also for people who are not used to read the genre. The first book is the best of this original six book series. But overall it is an excellent science fiction series and for many the best science fiction book series ever.

The story in a nutshell. In a distant future, the Atreides family is forced to leave its planet on an imperial order and has to start a new life on the desert planet Dune. Dune is unique: it is the only place where the spice can be harvested, a substance that allows the pilots of the Spacing Gild to plot their space travels between the stars. Shortly after their arrival, Duke Leto is killed by the Harkonnens, the ancient enemies of the Atreides, and his heir Paul is forced to flee into the desert, where he finds himself at the mercy of the Fremens, the original inhabitants of the planet. With their help he begins the difficult task to reconquer the planet for his family - and for the sake of humanity.

Book description

Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all timenominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. 

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Book review

This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.

The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.

Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck

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