Dune (Paperback)

Author: Herbert, Frank

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A masterpiece in philosophy and sci-fi

by bidyut on 9/20/2004

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. Read More

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Great read, but not THE greatest in Sci-Fi

by rhoadsdee@yahoo.com on 7/16/2006

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. Read More

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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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Publisher Berkley Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780441172719
SKU 30068407
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0441172717
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1T
Author Info
Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert began his science fiction career, like many sf writers of his generation, by publishing short stories in pulp magazines. Unlike many of his peers, though, he was not a prolific writer in the short form and in 1955, after three years and only a handful of short stories, he published his first novel, THE DRAGON UNDER THE SEA (aka UNDER PRESSURE), which was a critical success, receiving the International Fantasy Award. In the period from 1963 to 1965, Herbert produced two extended short novels in magazine installments, that, when combined as DUNE, brought him worldwide acclaim. Having long been concerned about about environmental issues, Herbert had set out to write a somewhat allegorical tale about the lack of concern regarding dwindling Earthly resources--he has written that he chose the name DUNE for its similarities with the word "doom." Eventually writing five sequels, the Dune books are among the most well-known and admired science fiction works in the world--with Arthur C. Clarke stating that the only comparison to them is THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Much of Herbert's other work, while not as well known, is nearly as impressive. In 1966 and 1973, he published two books--THE GREEN BRAIN and HELLSTROM'S HIVE--examining insect-hive mentality, the former among actual insects, the later in humans. HELLSTROM'S HIVE is generally regarded as his best book, after the first Dune book. The novel DESTINATION: VOID, an examination of computers and artificial intelligence was, along with three sequels co-written with Bill Ransom, arguably a major influence on the mid- to late-1980s science fiction movements like cyberpunk. When Herbert succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1986, the science fiction community lost perhaps its most outspoken proponent of environmental reform, and certainly one of its most beloved authors.
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"...the novel is a classic planetary romance, flush with byzantine intrigue and visionary splendor."
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Editors Note Here, in a beautiful new hardcover edition, is the novel that to this day continues to shape modern science fiction. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, a world more awesome than any other in literature, Dune begins the story of the man known as Maud'dib -- and of a great family's plan to bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure, 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. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.
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