Dune by Frank Herbert
Radnor, PA : Chilton Book Co., 1965. Sixth printing. Hardcover. 412 pages ; 22 cm.
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Duke must exchange his lands. Instead of his own lovely domain, rich and well-watered, he and his wife and son must move to and accept a barren desert, where a drop of water is worth its weight in platinum.
Why? The all-powerful Emperor fears Duke Leto—fears his strength, his popularity, his growing wealth. And the Duke has other enemies, notably the great rival house of Harkonnen, led by Baron Vladimir, the living symbol of evil.
A page of medieval history? Not quite. Duke Leto Atreides is moving from a planet, which he owns, to another planet, which he has been given in exchange. The Emperor, Shaddam IV, is Emperor of the known Universe, not a country. And Duke Leto's son, Paul, is not a normal noble heir. In fact, he is so little normal in any way that he happens to be the possible key to all human rule, power and indeed knowledge!
The Duke's lady, Paul's mother, is unusual as well. She is the creature of the Bene Gesserit, the strangest religious matriarchy ever conceived, whose aims are also universal rule. And the answer to all questions is a world, the world called Dune, the planet Arrakis, which produces the drug of immortality, Melange, as its sole export. The world of sand, rock and heat, where roam savages armed with deadly weapons, who kill for drops of water.
Meticulously worked out, marvelously detailed, frightening, exciting, baffling, challenging, Dune will never let the reader go. A book as universal as time, brilliant in scope and dazzling in a narrative style, Dune will be long discussed as the penultimate in writing of the distant fUtUre, the example of what can be done when a skilled writer turns his eyes forward into history rather than back.
Frank Herbert, whose work has been compared to such widely varied writers as Aldous Huxley and Edgar Rice Burroughs, has been a newspaperman on the West Coast for many years. Both a writer and a professional photographer, he is also a student of subjects ranging from oriental religions to jungle botany and undersea geology. His rich background of experience includes work as a TV cameraman, radio news commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, and teacher (of creative writing).
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