With its exploration of man's potential to save or destroy the environment (or be saved or destroyed by it), the intermingling of relgion, and the constant danger of holy wars, this 1965 sci-fi classic only becomes more relevant with time... — Katelynne Shimkus
A masterclass in science fiction writing and world-building since its debut in 1965, Dune helped pave the way for Star Wars, Star Trek, The Wheel of Time series, as well as The Matrix and so many more. In the far future deep in space lives the royal family The Atreides, living on the mighty war-covered planet Caladan, but The Emperor has asked a new task for Duke Leto: he will rule over the most important planet in the known universe, Arrakis. This is a coming-of-age story about adapting to an ever-changing world, a tale of destiny, conquering the odds, and the ability for humans to persevere. But upon a deeper look this book is so much more, this is the story of the dangers of colonialism and charismatic leaders who promise more than they do, what happens when religious figures are blindly followed and even worse what happens when they act as an authority, as well as learning to respect and understand other cultures even if they are different than what we may be used to. Dune is an incredible story and becomes more important and relevant as time goes on, if you enjoyed the movie you are sure to love the book. — Jordan Starks
• DUNE: PART TWO • THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE COMING MARCH 1st, 2024 Directed by Denis Villeneuve, screenplay by Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert • Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, with Stellan Skarsgård, with Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem
Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of Paul Atreides—who would become known as Muad'Dib—and of a great family's ambition to 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.
About the Author
Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer.
In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.
Praise for Dune
“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”—Arthur C. Clarke
“It is possible that Dune is even more relevant now than when it was first published.”—The New Yorker
“An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.”—The Washington Post
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”—Chicago Tribune
“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”—Louisville Times