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Dune (Dune Chronicles)by Frank Herbert
I'm sure other Powell's employees have chosen Dune as a staff pick, and for good reason: It's a science fiction classic. It is densely written and almost prophetic in nature. The spice, and the desert wars over it, sound so very much like our current situation regarding oil in the Middle East. Tinged with the supernatural, filled with believable characters, and laced with the very spice it is about, this book is an unparalleled work of science fiction. Herbert manages to create a whole new and possible galaxy. The only thing holding Dune back from "graduating" to the literature sections of bookstores is that it is too much a science fiction novel, though I feel it is as well written as any piece of great literature. I recommend this to any and all readers (even those who despise science fiction). I believe it should fall into the same category as 1984, The Great Gatsby, or To Kill a Mockingbird: a classic.
Synopses & Reviews
Set on the desert planet Arakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family — and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Frank Herbert's Hugo and Nebula Award winner celebrates 40 years with this new anniversary edition. The sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, "Dune" has been a favorite among sci-fi fans for decades.
About the Author
Frank Herbert (1920-1986) created the most beloved novel in the annals of science fiction, Dune. He was a man of many facets, of countless passageways that ran through an intricate mind. His magnum opus is a reflection of this, a classic work that stands as one of the most complex, multi-layered novels ever written in any genre. Today the novel is more popular than ever, with new readers continually discovering it and telling their friends to pick up a copy. It has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold almost 20 million copies.
Although nearly forty years have passed since Frank Herbert wrote his first Dune novel, the sands of time have not diminished the impact this powerful and groundbreaking epic has had on the evolution of SF — and millions of readers.
In 2002, Frank Herbert's son Brian Herbert and fellow author Kevin J. Anderson teamed up to write Legends of Dune, a trilogy of prequels to Frank Herbert's saga that bring to life the long-ago war frequently referred to in the elder Herbert's novels — a war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines." Based in part on Frank Herbert's unpublished notes, the novels detail the century-long conflict, as well as the original breach that formed the deadly feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen.
The first two novels, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad (Tor 2003) and Dune: The Machine Crusade (Tor August 2004), were published to wide acclaim and hit bestsellers lists across the country, including: The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun-Times.
Now, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring us the thrilling conclusion to Legends of Dune, with Dune: The Battle of Corrin, a fast-paced, thought-provoking adventure where, in the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time...
Table of Contents
Dune Book I. Dune
Book II. Muad'dib
Book III. The Prophet
Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune
Appendix II: The Religion of Dune
Appendix III: Report on Bene Gesserit
Motives and Purposes
Appendix IV: The Almanaken-Ashraf
(Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses)
Terminology of the Imperium
What Our Readers Are Saying
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