Dune is the story of an "offworld" noble Family. Their world is violently shattered, but their young scion adapts to the ways of his new planet, assumes religious and military leadership, optimizes his powers of prescience to see the plot against him, and utterly defeats his foes.
The Emperor Shaddam IV orders House Atreides from its water-rich ancestral home, Caladan, to the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. Paul Atreides, by age 15, is adept at the mental and physical training provided by his Bene Gesserit mother, Jessica, and the famed warriors Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho. Paul passes a test of his humanity administered by Jessica's former teacher, and could be the expected "Kwisatz Haderach, the one who can be many places at once". Meanwhile, on the planet Giedi Prime, the Duke's cousin, the obese Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, whose House Shaddam ousts from rich Arrakis, plots against...
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Encyclopedia Articles (1)
3,731 words, approx. 13 pages
by Frank Herbert
The first novel in a series of five, Dune introduces its readers to the Atreides family and the world of Arrakis. Frank Herbert creates in the Dune novels not merely a fiction...
Frank Herbert Biographies (3)
6,495 words, approx. 22 pages
Biography EssayBorn in Tacoma, Washington, Frank Patrick Herbert is best known as the author of the Dune series. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle (1946-1947), where he later lecture...
5,364 words, approx. 18 pages
Paul Atreides, the young renegade Duke, and his mother, Jessica, were fleeing across the desert when they got their first good look at a maker. "Where the dunes began ... a silver-gray curve broached ...
3,818 words, approx. 13 pages
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Frank Herbert is best known as the author of the Dune series. He worked for many years as a journalist for West Coast newspapers from San Francisco to Seattle and at a wide...
Essays & Analysis (15)
4,821 words, approx. 17 pages
Miller is an American educator and critic. In the following excerpt from his study of Herbert that was originally published in 1980, Miller examines Dune's complex structure, its literary devic...
3,021 words, approx. 11 pages
Collings is an American educator, poet, and critic who has written extensively on science fiction and fantasy literature. In the following excerpt from an essay that was originally presented at the Se...
4,212 words, approx. 15 pages
McLean is an American author of children's books. In the essay below, she explores the oedipal theme in Herbert's Dune series.
Fantasy literature has long suffered from the stigma of chi...
2,429 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Hand explores Dune's depiction of a male-dominated future society in which women act within traditional feminine roles.
It is no surprise to anyone who has read Dune or ...
1,807 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, which was originally presented at the Sixth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Beaumont, Texas, in 1985, Riggs compares Herbert's vision of humanit...
8,179 words, approx. 28 pages
Manlove is a Scottish educator and critic who has authored several books on science fiction and fantasy. In the following excerpt, he compares Dune to Brian Aldiss's Hothouse (1962) and Isaac A...
4,537 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following excerpt, Prieto-Pablos examines the development of the ambivalent hero in Herbert's Dune, contending that it is a reflection of contemporary American culture.
The voices of glo...
590 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Robert Scholes
Few would deny that Dune is a "great read," as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is a "great read." It gives us strongly defined heroes an...
1,667 words, approx. 6 pages
Critical Essay by Timothy O'reilly
Dune is a novel rich in ideas as well as imagination…. (p. 41)
Recalling the origins of Dune, Herbert says:
It began with a concept: to do a long nove...
254 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Brian W. Aldiss
If you can't be great, be big! Frank Herbert's Dune (1965) is certainly big, and many people have found it great.
Dune is enjoying something like the sa...
2,836 words, approx. 10 pages
Critical Essay by John Ower
The very rawness and naivete of popular culture are signs of a vitality which can, without a breach with its origins, transcend itself in the inspiration of fine art. This ...
3,761 words, approx. 13 pages
Critical Essay by Timothy O'reilly
[Herbert] walks a narrow line between entertainment and didacticism. In his best work, such as Dune, the story itself is the message; the concepts are so comp...
429 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by John Leonard
There are some of us who feel that Frank Herbert should never have written a sequel to "Dune," much less three of them. "Dune," given Mr. Her...
384 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by D. Douglas Fratz
Although the trappings of Dune were those of science fiction, in substance and form the book resembled fantasy, and the Tolkien books of Middle Earth more than the s...
1,554 words, approx. 6 pages
Critical Essay by John L. Grigsby
Anyone at all interested in SF is probably familiar with Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy and Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy.
The restoration of civiliza...
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