Dune is to scifi what The Lord of the Rings is to high fantasy. It is the novel that unarguably defines the genre.

It is set in the distant future in a feudal interstellar society.

The story starts with the house of Atreides accepting stewardship of the planet Arrakis.

The control of this planet is a dangerous undertaking because it is home to a drug “melange” that extends life and enhances mental abilities.

The former Baron is ousted by the Emperor, and is not of any consequence, apparently.

It is revealed early on how this was only a political ploy to bring down the house of Atreides.

The story depicts layers of interactions of politics, technology, religion and ecology amidst the struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice melange.

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TO DO: Read Dune series by Frank Herbert

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