Why this book?
Dune is universally recognized as one of the greatest, if not the greatest science fiction book of all time. It heavily influenced Star Wars and many space operas after it (but for some reason, the “magic” in it has been rarely replicated). There are few science fiction books that have the depth of lore that Dune has; it’s almost Lord of the Rings-like. I’m especially thankful for it because so much probably doesn’t exist in the genre without it. If you’re just starting your science fiction journey, it’s a great place to start. But be prepared to dig in and appreciate the depth and the expansive universe.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender's Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.
Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's lifespan to making interstellar travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world of Arrakis.
Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.
When the Emperor transfers stewardship of…