Dune (Paperback)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: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 130 x 194 x 34 mm
'Unique among SF novels... I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.' - Arthur C. Clarke
'One of the landmarks of modern science fiction... an amazing feat of creation.' - Analog
'A racy read.' - The Week
'One of the most famous novels in the history of science fiction, Dune remains as popular today as it ever was.' - SciFi Now
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Science fiction novels are not normally my cup of tea. However, I found Dune to be an amazingly well written, well thought out book that keeps you interested and emotionally connected to the characters to the end.... More
“Superb and Epic SF Classic”
This has been lurking on my shelves for a number of years, and finally got around to picking it up and reading it.
The Atredies family has been sent to the planet Arrakis, source of spice. They are betrayed by the... More
“Conservation, jihad and A.I.”
The influence of this seminal sixties novel is evident in works as diverse as Star Wars and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Herbert has penned a convincing futuristic feudal intergalactic empire, replete with... More
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