|Submitted by Joel |
(Dec 20, 2007)
The planet Arrakis is a hellish world, of hot, shifting sands. The only reason that people live there is because it is the home of a substance called "Spice". It is this substance that underpins much of the society of the universe of the book. It is required for all important parts of the social aspects of the universe - from mystical visions to space travel. Despite the immense cost of the substance, many different factions are prepared to pay any price, for it's properties.
The story of "Dune" is about the control of the planet Arrakis, but it is so much more than that. It deals with quite a lot of different social and scientific areas, such as religion, politics, nature, and the potential of the human race through selective breeding. However, if you are not into such intellectually challenging topics, it also has an extremely good plot about revenge, control, and political rule. Together, they both create an unforgettable book.
It is often considered to be one of the best science fiction epics of all-time, if not the best, and it is not difficult to see why.