- 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: 60 customer reviews
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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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The best science fiction takes us outside our normal frame of reference and then shows us the things we already know, but in a fresh light and from a new perspective. After reading the original Dune novels, the reader can then glean a lot about the way real history (both religious and secular) is written by reading the Dune Encyclopedia. We all filter history through our own prejudices and current social norms. And this book fairly well replicates that effect based on the society created in the Dune novels.
Today, I almost never read a historical or religious book without thinking about this filtering effect first demonstrated to me in the Dune Encyclopedia.
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.
For the Dune scholar the book is indispensable and I wish I had my copy in my hand (with each of my favorite subjects tabbed, with my favorite passages highlighted--I'd planned a Dune role playing game during the days before the GUI allowed role-playing games to become what they always could).
If you've got this book, guard it like gold, or, better yet, have it bound and keep in mylar.
See, Berkeley, please hear my prayer: REPRINT THIS BOOK!!!!
(Oh yeah, and, while I'm asking, how 'bout a God Emperor of Dune mini, hunh?)
As a coda: my copy of the Dune Encylcopedia was with my ancient, book club edition of God Emperor which I recently found in our town's annual library sale. I knew it was mine by the Boris Vallejo "Ex Libris" sticker. So somebody, somewhere has my books!
The Seller sent the book to me in a prompt and protected manner and it is in the condition I expected from the product description. I will buy from this Seller again.