Dune tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.
The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides [Ed. note: played by Euan] out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.
The character played by Euan
Paul Atreides is the protagonist of Dune. He is the son of Duke Leto Atreides and is the heir to the House of the Atreides. At the beginning of the novel, Paul is fifteen years old. He has been trained from birth to fulfill the role of duke, and he is adept at combat and strategic thinking. Paul is also a quiet, thoughtful, and observant young man. Paul is not overly tall or muscular, but he is strong and quick. Among the Fremen, Paul has two names: Usul, which signifies strength, and Muad’Dib, the name of the desert mouse on Arrakis.
Paul Atreides carries the heaviest burden of all the characters in Dune—he is destined to change the course of the universe. From the start, we never get a sense that Paul is a typical fifteen-year-old boy. Like many other heroes, particularly in science fiction, Paul is “the One,” a messiah-type character whose arrival people have been anticipating and expecting to bring about great change.
About the author
Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and studied at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide-variety of jobs—including newspaper reporter and editor, political speechwriter, university professor, TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, and creative writing teacher—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.
About the Dune books
Dune was first published in several installments in the magazine Analog. The first segment, "Dune World," appeared in 1963–1964, and the second, "The Prophet of Dune," in 1965. The original novel Dune was followed by five sequels written by Frank Herbert, which detailed the epic role of the people of Arrakis ("Dune") in the galactic history: Dune Messiah (1969), Children of Dune (1976), God Emperor of Dune (1981), Heretics of Dune (1984) and Chapterhouse Dune (1985).
Some time after Herbert's death, Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, along with author Kevin J. Anderson, wrote further books set in the universe of Dune, filling in the history before the beginning of the original novel with six "prequel" novels, and then continuing the original Dune history with a two-novel continuation.
Dune won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965 and shared a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1966.
In 1984, filmmaker David Lynch adapted Dune into a major motion picture. The film starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, and included an ensemble of well-known American, Latin American, and European actors in supporting roles, including Sting, Jose Ferrer, Virginia Madsen, Linda Hunt, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Jürgen Prochnow, among others.
Dune was also adapted in the form of a television miniseries from The SCI FI Channel (US). This was followed by a television miniseries of the sequel, Children of Dune.
Dune the audio book
Release date: May 29th 2007.
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