The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery, and it duly comes - but from a shockingly unexpected place.
Then Paul succeeds his father, and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force . . .
DUNE: one of the most brilliant science fiction novels ever written, as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago.
Winner of the first Nebula Award for best novel, and winner of the Hugo Award 'A tight mesmerising fabric, interwoven with a potent element of mysticism ... intensely realised' Brian W. Aldiss 'A novel of extraordinary complexity ... the work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern sf' THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION Consistently voted the Number One SF novel of the last hundred years An irresistible blend of mysticism, ecology, high adventure and political intrigue. 'Unique amongst SF novels ... I know nothing comparable to it except THE LORD OF THE RINGS' Arthur C. Clarke
Frank Herbert (1920-86) was born in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a reporter and later editor of a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first sf story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in Analog of DUNE WORLD and THE PROPHET OF DUNE, amalgamated in the novel DUNE in 1965.