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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dune is to science fiction what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. Though fans believed they had bid a sad farewell to the sand planet of Arrakis upon Herbert's death in 1986, his son Brian has assumed writing the Nebula and Hugo award-winning series with the help of Kevin J. Anderson. But the original is always the most popular, and Ace here offers a good-quality hardcover complete with maps, a glossary, and appendixes. The book's huge fan base should expand even more thanks to a six-hour miniseries premiering on the Sci-Fi Channel later this year that is said to be more faithful to the book than David Lynch's truly awful 1984 feature film.
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Frank Herbert is still the master of SF. What a mind with such great insight into the human condition. I re-read the series every few years, and it just keeps getting betterPublished 20 hours ago by pete
So good, I'm on book 4 and Amazon is like how would you rate the first? I'm like Amazon you need more stars.Published 20 hours ago by Dr. Smith
I read this book some thirtyfive years ago and read it again now. Never a dull moment!!Published 23 hours ago by Dreamtwister
This is probably the 10th time I've read Dune although it's been about 20 years since my last reading. What a magnificent book! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It's been years since I last read 'Dune' -- for what was likely the 5th or 6th time - and I always enjoy it (I've also read '2001' about 8 times, 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Capt Yossarian
A timeless classic. Frank Herbert is widely known as the Father of Modern Science Fiction. This epic world as described by Herbert is enthralling and will immediately draw you in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Benjamin D. Fehling
Classic sci-fi. Doesn't get better than this. It takes place in the far-distant future (maybe 5,000 years), in which humanity has reverted back to feudalism, but seen a number of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bob G.