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
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Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
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