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Gollancz, 1999 - Dune (Imaginary place) - 445 pages
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Herbert¿s evocative, epic tale is set on the desert planet Arrakis, the focus for a complex political and military struggle with galaxy-wide repercussions. Arrakis is the source of spice, a mind enhancing drug which makes interstellar travel possible, and therefore the most valuable substance in the galaxy. When Duke Atreides and his family take up court there, they fall into a trap set by his rival, Baron Harkonnen. The Duke is poisoned, but his wife and her son Paul escape to the vast and arid deserts of Arrakis, which have given it the name Dune. They join the Fremen, natives of the planet who have learnt to live in this harsh and complex ecosystem. But learning to survive is not enough - Paul¿s destiny was mapped out long ago and his mother is committed to seeing it fulfilled.

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I am yet to go into Asimov's work, but until then I can easily say this is the best Science Fiction book I've ever had my hands on. Mesmerizing, challenging and ambitious, for me it's impossible not ... Read full review

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I had a really hard time getting started on this book. It really ramped up toward the very end, and then it was over. I think I will have to read it again to really get my head around it. Went ahead and bought the next two in the series, so you know I enjoyed it overall! Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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' that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965.

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