Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Dune

This is an okay book written by Frank Herbert. The Galactic Emperor has transferred custody of the desert planet Arrakis over to the House of Atreides from the House of Harkonnen. However, the evil House of Harkonnen has other plans, and casts the young Duke Paul Atreides out into the desert to die. There, Paul comes into contact with the Fremen, the indigenous inhabitants of the planet, who can help him to regain his position. But Paul may be more than just a Duke; he may be the end-point of a genetic breeding program designed to create a messiah.

This is the best-selling science fiction novel and there are five sequels. David Lynch directed a film version in 1984. The SciFi Channel released a miniseries in 2000 and then a sequel in 2003. French director Pierre Morel is planning to make another film based on the book. Frank Herbert was inspired by the Oregon Dunes on the pacific coast. The novel reminded me of the desert planet Tatooine from Star Wars and the book Speaker for the Dead by Orson Card.

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