LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Speculative Fiction

Dune
Frank Herbert

If you’ve never ventured over to the Science Fiction shelves in the library or local book store, my advice is to head on over there and pick up a copy of Frank Herbert’s Dune.  Be forewarned though, while Dune is a gripping read, it is one that requires plenty of time and patience.  In other words, there is less than a month left of summer.  If you’re going to take the plunge, you’d best get to it.

Dune follows the story of Paul Atreides, the young heir to one of the ruling families that inhabit the planets of Herbert’s world.  When the story begins, the Atreides family is sent to take control of the desert planet Arrakis.  Arrakis is unique as it is the only planet that produces Melange, a type of spice used for mental acuity as well as currency.  If you control the spice, you control the world, and before young Paul can say ‘Cayenne Pepper,’ his own world is thrown into turmoil.  Herbert offers the reader a nice tapestry of religion, politics, technology and economics which are all woven into a massive story that takes the reader deep into another world.

Dune is one of those books that you can’t wait to get home to.  Dinners will go cold, laundry will be neglected and possibly a few bills will be overlooked when you enter the fray, but oh is it ever worth it!

-Lisa Emig

1 thought on “LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Speculative Fiction

  1. Elisha I went through the same thing when I first read Dune – very difficult to get into, but soooo worth it!

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