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DUNE - Frank Herbert

“Dune” is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965. Set in the distant future, the story takes place in a universe where powerful noble families control planets and resources, and interstellar travel is facilitated by a substance called “spice.”

The novel follows the story of Paul Atreides, the young heir to House Atreides, as his family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. Arrakis is the only source of the valuable spice melange, which grants its users extended lifespans, heightened awareness, and psychic abilities. The Atreides family’s takeover of Arrakis pits them against their longtime rivals, the Harkonnens, who have previously held control of the planet.

As Paul adapts to life on Arrakis, he begins to unlock hidden abilities and visions that suggest he may be the prophesied messiah figure known as the Kwisatz Haderach. Paul becomes embroiled in the complex politics and power struggles of the universe, facing threats from both the Harkonnens and the enigmatic forces of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood.

As Paul’s destiny unfolds, he forms alliances with the native Fremen people of Arrakis, leading them in a rebellion against the oppressive rule of the Harkonnens. Along the way, Paul grapples with questions of identity, leadership, and the consequences of his actions on a galactic scale.

“Dune” is renowned for its intricate world-building, complex characters, and exploration of themes such as politics, religion, ecology, and the human condition. It has become one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time and has spawned numerous sequels, prequels, adaptations, and spin-offs across various media. Frank Herbert’s masterpiece continues to captivate readers with its epic scope and timeless storytelling.

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