Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece Dune: First Dune Novel by Frank Herbert—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.
Melange, or ‘spice’, is the most valuable – and rarest – element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person’s lifespan 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.
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 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.
- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Penguin USA; Ace Special 25th Anniversary Edition (12 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441172717
- ISBN-13: 978-0441172719
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.95 x 19.05 cm