Friday, August 1, 1975

Frank Herbert's Dune published 10 years ago today

First posted 7/4/2020; updated 7/6/2020.


Frank Herbert

First Publication: August 1, 1965

Category: science fiction novel

Sales: 20 million

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About the Book:

“Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece [is] a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.” AZ It is “a stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics.” AZ

“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy 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.” AZ

Set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis. As this planet is the only source of the oracular spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe, control of Arrakis is a coveted – and dangerous – undertaking.” WK

“The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice.” WK

Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.” AZ Five sequels followed and the first novel inspired a 1984 film adaptation and a 2000 mini-series on the Sci-Fi Channel.

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