- Paperback: 526 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425068137
- ISBN-13: 978-0425068137
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dune Encyclopedia: The Complete, Authorized Guide and Companion to Frank Herbert's Masterpiece of the Imagination Paperback – February 3, 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the best guide EVER written on any series, covering all characters, objects, and events major and minor, with plenty of illustrations, and it is very well written. It's so in-depth, it's scary. Come on, the structural formula for melange? How cool is that? I can only hope that with the new books (?) coming out, this will be put back in print.
And yet this tome, the only Dune book not written by Herbert yet endorsed by him, is out of print!
I got hooked on Dune many years ago as a teenager, right around the time Lynch's movie was coming out, and I remember flipping through the Dune Encyclopedia in a bookstore before I read the books. Something in its near-scientific comprehensiveness, it's meticulous faith to the Herbert's vision really mezmerized me.
When I finally got around to reading the first three Dune novels, I went right to that store and picked up my copy of Dune Encyclopedia. My thirst to know more about Herbert's universe was insatiable. How did the Sardaukar develop into the most fearsome tool of Corrino power? What are the other worlds of the Imperium like? How was the Guild founded? Here I found a wealth of information that made Dune much more complete and inspiring.
What's more astonishing is that the contributers are faithful Dune-thinkers. Yes this is a work of fiction, but the articles are written in the style and manner of scholarly works. In a way, this style also serves as it's own contribution to the original Dune saga: that regardless of the legendary feats of the great, the historian always has the final word.
Dune Encyclopedia is an incredible, valuable companion to Herbert's work. Find a copy and keep it safe. I still have mine, which I read regularly, with its well-worn pages and torn cover that I've mended with packing tape several times.
[If you're the publisher, please reprint it, and try to prevent another post-Dune abomination from being published while you're at it. Thanks.]
It is not a dry, academic exercise, but a living appreciation of the book and the complexity of the universe it unfolds. So much information is provided here on many things that are mere hints or receive barely mention in the books are explained as thoroughly as the Britannica (and often much better written!).
My tragedy is that the book disappeared on a move (along with every Dune book of which I had multiple copies, in hard, trade and mass-market). It simply vanished. I still miss that book to this day. With all the renewed interest in Dune, with the specatular "Children of Dune" mini-series and the bestselling "prequels" of the Younger Herbert, it stuns me that Berkeley hasn't reprinted this book. Even a mass-market (tho' of course it should be trade) would be great.
But I seem to be hoping in vain. The Dune revival has been going on for several years now and nary a peep about a reprint. I near despair. The wife would have much more than a coniption fit if I spend $50 on a fifteen year old paperback, so I guess I'm hosed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a (supposed) guidebook to the universe of Frank Herbert's Dune. While it does have some interesting factoids relating to the actual Chronicles (up to God Emperor), the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell W. Waddel
I've read all the post-Herbert Dune books as well as all the originals. Though the Dune Encyclopedia is not considered canonical by the current Dune writers, I believe the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linh T. Huynh
Almost everything you wanted to know about Dune. Thoroughly researched companion to Frank Herbert's Dune universe. Tidbits for even the most die hard fan.Published 13 months ago by Travis
Really neat book with a lot of background information on the Dune series. Great addition for anyone that was a fan of this series.Published 14 months ago by Mr. E
The Dune Encyclopedia is entirely pointless. Why, if one reads the books, would they then want more informative background? It seems superfluous.Published 16 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Excellent work, both imaginative and faithful, so very superior to the so-called "prequels" and "sequels!" This is what the Duniverse was about!Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
the arrival of book was right on first day of quoted time. the book is yellowed and has old book smell but this is to be expected, I am very pleased with the shape of book, it will... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol J. Zoellick
Good shape for the price. Pages yellowed but none torn or dog eared
Enjoy the added information for a dune fanatic like myself