I was a late comer to science fiction. I didn't begin reading fiction until high school, when an illness had me bedridden for a week. My sister came into my room and dropped a stack of her books on me, books by Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and other black novelists she admired. I was hooked. My scifi experience began in college, soon after my English instructor summoned me to her office and insisted that I change my major from Chemistry to English so as to become a writer. I didn't take her advice on that, but I did check out science fiction.
From the moment I opened the cover to Dune I was blown away. I'd never read anything like it, and I must say I haven't read anything better since. As good as maybe, but not better. The beginning quotations, the details, the insights all had me spellbound. How could someone make this up? I kept asking myself. I decided at that moment that if I did choose to write, my goal would be to write a book as good as Dune.
I finally took my English instructor's advice and I am pursuing a (side) career writing. With every novel I begin Dune is looking over my shoulder. I consider it a scifi classic, a must read for anyone who considers themselves a scifi fan.
Science fiction by setting and technology, yet presenting ever so actual themes for humankind (politics, fight for power, war, love, learning and adapting, etc.), this book fascinated me because of many reasons, yet one idea really stayed with me a long time, changing my perception on world: how would it be to live on a desert planet? I started to look differently at the wonderful gift of vegetation and water, at the trees, lakes and rivers, maybe even with more gratitude and being more careful … more
A tale of humanity 20,000 years in the future, Dune beautifully recounts the tale of a single human being and an empire spanning the entire galaxy. At this point most are familiar with the plot- Paul Atreides son of a Duke has his whole life uprooted to a desert planet where he is forced into exile. He finds a home with the vast desert community of Fremen and eventually exacts revenge on his father's murderer and starts a new religion whose jihad takes the galaxy by storm. But the astounding … more
By far a most interesting and dramatic world. The people are fascinating and rarities. The religious overtones and zealous fervor makes me read this and all the Dune books with lusty speed. Bene Geserits are the ultimate witches with pizaz.
Exhaustion was the first reaction to having read this book. Then came excitement that I had been introduced to a totally new universe. Set on a desert planet -- which could possibly be earth? -- the characters are all about power and either ignoring or abiding by the rules. The thirst for dominion is rampant and little is taboo so long as you see yourself as the exception. The movie was such an extravaganza, but just as tedious in details. … more
I recently reread Dune when the 40th anniversary unabridged version came out. Once again I was floored by the shear scope of Frank Herbert’s beginning of the masterpiece series of Science fiction. Herbert began this EPIC undertaking in an age where Science fiction writer’s generally did not produce such massive tomes, much less a series of them in the same world. Needless to say, this Anniversary edition pleases just as much as the original did, and helps fill in some … more
Dune is set far in humanity's future. Within those years, Earth has been destroyed, a Jihad has taken place to free humanity from the 'thinking machines' that threatened to overwhelm the human race, and mankind has scattered throughout space. This Universe is a feudal empire ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV of House Corrino. The novel focuses on a rivalry between two feudal houses - House Atreides and House Harkonnen.
Dune is the first of six novels written by Frank Herbert set in this universe:
Dune Messiah (1969)
Children of Dune (1976)
God Emperor of Dune (1981)
Heretics of Dune (1984)
Chapterhouse Dune (1985)
Frank Herbert died in 1986. His son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have written several more novels set in the Dune universe..