|Author: Frank Herbert|
|Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family -- and would 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.
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Opposing forces struggle for control of the universe when the archenemy of the cosmic emperor is banished to a barren world where savages fight for water
This additional prequel to the late Frank Herbert's classic novel DUNE picks up 24 years after the previous prequel, DUNE: THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD. The war against the robots and the computer Ominius continues, scientists are on the brink of revolunizing space travel, and on Arrakis, the outlaws who will one day become the Fremen--the tough, worm-riding desert nomads who play a major role in the original DUNE--are gathering.With DUNE, Frank Herbert wrote one of the definite science fiction books. It has been so popular and so influential since its original publication in 1965 that DUNE certainly qualifies as one of the all-time classics of the genre. As Herbert introduces readers to the desert planet Arrakis, he masterfully builds a compelling world and populates it with characters that are both memorable individuals and resonant archetypes. At the center of the story is Paul Atreides, whose family has assumed control of Arrakis, a desolate planet that remarkably contains one of the most valuable reserves of the spice melange, one of the most precious materials in the entire galaxy. Paul must defend and then avenge his aristocratic family in this prescient story full of political intrigue, battles, and heroism.
"...the novel is a classic planetary romance, flush with byzantine intrigue and visionary splendor." - Michael Dirda 08/20/1995 "The mystery of why some works continue to speak to us is heightened with a book like DUNE: Frank Herbert's desert-planet epic not only remains popular and well-known, but this tale has anticipated many of our contemporary concerns. Its saga of dueling great houses, the fight for a rare resource and a young aristocrat's coming of age was set 200 centuries in the future. But it grapples with numerous issues pressing in the 21st: the fragility of the environment, the shortage of fossil fuels, the threat of religious jihad, the unpredictable effects of mind-bending drugs." - Scott Timberg 04/18/2010 "The mystery of why some works continue to speak to us is heightened with a book like DUNE: Frank Herbert's desert-planet epic not only remains popular and well-known, but this tale has anticipated many of our contemporary concerns. Its saga of dueling great houses, the fight for a rare resource and a young aristocrat's coming of age was set 200 centuries in the future. But it grapples with numerous issues pressing in the 21st: the fragility of the environment, the shortage of fossil fuels, the threat of religious jihad, the unpredictable effects of mind-bending drugs." - Scott Timberg 04/18/2010
Customer Reviews of Dune
Great read, but not THE greatest in Sci-Fi7/16/2006
I will probably be burned at the stake for my score, but please let me state my opinion before you do. I DO like Dune--I just don't think it is the GREATEST of all-time in the Sci-fi genre. Sci-fi is a hard thing to do because there are so many leaps of faith in part of the audience that any little thing could render the story silly. Thank God that Herbert does a great job in setting the world of Dune with plenty of backstory and history to boot. It definetly is a world worth exploring. My biggest qualm isn't so much with the story but how it is told. The ending feels a little rushed and I would have liked to see more of the characters around Paul fleshed out. It's a small dilema in my opinion, which doesn't detract from the main plot, it just feels a little flat in contrast of the richness of the planet and some of the other characters. Overall, the book is one of the greats in sci-fi, definetly worth reading...just not THE greatest.
A masterpiece in philosophy and sci-fi9/20/2004
Though the story of Dune is set in a distant future, the philosophy behind most of the races, characters and cultures are not that distant. Frank Herbert does an awesome job and taking stuff from the present to its extreme and show its pros and cons. It's a definite must read for any sci-fi fan, or people interested in philosophy behind stories.
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