The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery and it duly comes - but from a shockingly unexpected place. Then Paul succeeds his father and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives then vast power.
They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force...
DUNE: one of the most brilliant science fiction novels ever written, as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago.
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
Frank Herbert was born in 1920. His colourful and varied career included stints as a radio news commentator and jungle survival instructor. He is best known for creating the world of DUNE, which established Frank Herbert as a master of modern science fiction. He died in 1986.
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