There has been a massive resurgence of interest in DUNE since the publication of the Kevin Anderson/Brian Herbert sequels DUNE is acknowledged as one of the greatest fantasies ever written.
Frank Herbert (1920-86) was born in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a reporter and later editor of a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first sf story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in Analog of 'Dune World' and 'The Prophet of Dune' that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965.
Now that the planet Arrakis (Dune) has been annihilated, the Bene Gesserit order turns its stronghold Chapterhouse into another desert world, and from this base, the sisterhood plans its moves against ruthless rivals. Drawing on a vast store of history and religion, the book is ``so rich in this one area that others suffer and the narrative crawls,'' PW observed. (October)
I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings
* Arthur C. Clarke on Dune *
It is possible that Dune is even more relevant now than when it was first published * The New Yorker on Dune *
An astonishing science fiction phenomenon * The Washington Post on Dune *
One of the monuments of modern science fiction * The Chicago Tribune on Dune *
Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious * Robert A. Heinlein on Dune *
A novel of extraordinary complexity ... the work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF * The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction on Dune *
A tight mesmerising fabric, interwoven with a potent element of mysticism ... intensely realised * Brian W. Aldiss on Dune *
Compelling . . . a worthy addition to this durable and deservedly popular series * New York Times *
The vast and fascinating Dune saga sweeps on -- as exciting and gripping as ever * Kirkus reviews *