Dune - S.F. Masterworks (Hardback)Frank Herbert (author)
One of the pivotal works of literary science fiction, Frank Herbert’s sand-blasted epic details the internecine battles for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its precious resource, ‘spice’.
Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender's Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.
Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making interstellar travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.
Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.
When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides. Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis' second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands.
In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them. And his journey will change the universe.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 623 g
Dimensions: 214 x 132 x 50 mm
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 - NEW YORKER
An astonishing science fiction phenomenon - WASHINGTON POST
One of the monuments of modern science fiction - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious - Robert A. Heinlein
A novel of extraordinary complexity ... the work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern sf - THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION
A tight mesmerising fabric, interwoven with a potent element of mysticism ... intensely realised - Brian W Aldiss
Huge and important . . . it feels grand, it's blood-stirring - Neil Gaiman
The most significant science fiction novel of the twentieth century - The Times Literary Supplement
Dune: science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings - The Guardian
Astonishing in its scope and thought-provoking in its breadth of themes, Dune is an unforgettable fantasy adventure like no other - Woman & Home
A sweeping work of science-fiction that helped define the genre and bring it to the mainstream - The Independent
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