Dune (Paperback)

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Frank Herbert’s gigantic, sweeping epic novel revolves around the mysterious spice known as Melange. The Spice has many qualities and effects - it can bestow psychic powers and allows space travel! The Spice can be found on only one planet in the universe - the desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune. With pseudo-religious undertones, richly detailed ecology, and compelling characters, one gets the impression that Mr. Herbert did not invented Arrakis, but rather visited and came back to report to us.

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— From December Staff Picks For Everyone This Holiday Season

Dune is a classic and very rightly so! Paul is the son and heir to Duke Leto of House Atreides, who have recently come to rule the desert planet of Arakis, an essential economical lynchpin for the galaxy and its ruling bodies. Herbert’s world is meticulously crafted and captivating, full of political intrigue, danger, and mysteries that balance on the line between science and magic. As you read, watch Paul go from an unsure young man to a rightful Duke learning to live in and love a culture not his own, as he heads down an inevitable path against an entire empire. ~ Ryan

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— From Mad March Staff Picks

Dune scratched the itch I never knew I had! Set on a planet scarce of water, a young man by the name of Paul is set on a path to bring change to the universe. This enchanted sci-fi adventure is filled with fascinating characters and an expansive universe that blew me away! I love having the visual of such a detailed world from giant sandworms to space espionage! Though it is a big book, Dune kept me thoroughly enthralled!

This book is for the space adventurer looking for their next universe to explore, or the galactic spy who loves all the insight into the happenings of fierce factions. If you enjoy spending some time hanging out in the stars, Dune is the novel for you.


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Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will 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 is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

About the Author

Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer.

In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.

Praise For…

Praise for Dune

“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.”—The New Yorker
“An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.”—The Washington Post 

“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”—Chicago Tribune

“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”—Louisville Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780441172719
ISBN-10: 0441172717
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: September 1st, 1990
Pages: 896
Language: English
Series: Dune