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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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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

I first read 'Dune' in the late 1970s by which time it was already well known, if not yet established as a classic. It is now fifty years since it was first published and it has stood the passage of ... Read full review

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This is a phenomenal classic of literature. It's not just science fiction. It transcends science fiction, as a fascinating discussion of free-will versus inevitability. Can the Jihad be denied? Can ... 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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