- Publisher: Ace Books
- Format: Paperback | 535 pages
- Dimensions: 109mm x 191mm x 61mm | 476g
- Publication date: 1 February 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0441172717
- ISBN 13: 9780441172719
- Edition statement: Ace Special 25th Anniversary ed
- Sales rank: 1,891
In 1965, after being rejected by more than a dozen publishing houses, a book called "Dune" was brought out by the Chilton Book Company. Its respected author, journalist Frank Herbert, had written "Dune" with nothing more in mind than to entertain his readers with the telling of a particularly complex story, one which had occupied his thoughts for more than six years. No one - not Herbert, not Chilton, not the science fiction community at the time - had any idea that "Dune" would be adopted and read by successive generations with a fervor bordering on cult worship. Or that it would prove to be merely the first of what have now become five international bestsellers about a desert world of the future - the planet Arrakis, called Dune.
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Frank Herbert 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. He died in 1986.
By Chia Pi Wo 02 Apr 2011
I have to admit that I always had a stigma against sci-fi novels. I use to think that this genre is everything a teenage boy's wet dream is made of. You know... spaceships, lasers, beautiful alien princesses and battling reptilian creatures from hostile alien planets (as if real life isn't complicated enough).
However, Frank Herbert's Dune blew my mind away. I was immediately transported after the first couple of chapters and every subsequent chapter after that make me feel as if I was pulled in, deeper and deeper into the world, the characters and the drama that surrounds it. I forgot that I was reading a sci-fi novel but rather, an epic about human endeavor.
Dune tells a story of a Duke's only son (Paul Atreides) who had to go into hiding after a traitorous plot against his noble family. He returns from the ashes as "the chosen one" who will lead a revolution that will change the planet forever.
What's most fascinating to me is not just the plot alone (coz the premise is pretty familiar today) but the various themes that surround it.
Dune explores the politics and violence involved in the fight for natural resources, the power in understanding social norms of other races, the power of religion in uniting people and how mythologies and legends are born.
So yea... it is a lot more sophisticated than Star Wars 1 - 6 put together (in fact, it is a lot more sophisticated than ANYTHING George Lucas can ever conceive. Now that's an additional plus point for me)
All in all, Dune is a really great read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I can't bring myself to read the sequels (after all, any follow ups to an already amazing epic always fall short of expectations). I don't want to ruin an already awesome tale.
"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas".-- Washington Post Book World
Back cover copy
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 is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Table of contents
DuneBook 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 Map