by Frank Herbert
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender’s Game and Neuromancer, he was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards and widely regarded as one of the most important science fiction novels ever written.MELANGE, or “spice”, is the most precious – and rare – element of the universe; a drug that does everything to increase the life span of the person to make interstellar travel possible.And it cannot be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world of Arrakis.Whoever controls them, Arrakis controls the spice.And whoever controls the spice controls the universeWhen the emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble Harkonnen House to Atreides House, the Harkonnens retaliate, assassinating Duke Leto Atreides.Paul, his son and Dame Jessica, his concubine, fleeing to the desertOn the point of death, they are saved by a band of Fremen, indigenous people of Arrakis, who control the second great resource of the Arrakis: giant worms that burrow under the fire of the desert sands.In order to avenge his father and reclaim Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must win the confidence of Fremen and train a small army against the innumerable forces lined up against them.And his journey will change the universe.
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