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Dune (Paperback)

Author:  Frank Herbert
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0441172717
ISBN-13: 9780441172719
Sku: 30068407
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  535
Age Range:  22 to UP
 
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
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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.
Author Bio
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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Washington Post Book World
"...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

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0535
Product attributePublisher:   ACE Charter
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