The Greatest Sci-Fi Story of all Time - Dune 

Dune by Frank Herbert, the 1966 science fiction novel, may be one of the greatest stories of all-time. It is the undisputed all-time best selling sci-fi novel. If you haven't heard; the story has been continued. Actually Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert) and best selling author Kevin J. Anderson have written 10 new Dune Novels, six prequels and the final chapters in the Dune series.

Frank Herbert wrote six novels; Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune. His son completed a trilogy of prequels that immediately precede the original book, Dune. If you loved Dune, the Prequels are a must. In fact if you only thought Dune was a fair story, you should read the prequels. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have improved on the style of Frank Herbert's Dune. Their story telling style is much easier to read than the original Dune books. The audio versions of these are highly recommended, 

House Atreides
House Harkonnen
House Corrino

Also, don't miss the Legends of Dune series. These novels take place a thousand years before the original Dune book. 

The Butlerian Jihad
The Machine Crusade
The Battle of Corrin

If you want to get back into this awesome series, start with the original Dune book. You can find a copy at you local bookstore or purchase on on eBay. The audiobook version is also available, but only on eBay as it is no long being published. But be aware that it is quite rare and you should expect to pay a premium price for it.

Dune is also available on VHS and DVD. The original Dune movie from 1984 has recently been remastered. The extended edition has deleted scenes and an alternate ending. But I prefer the Sci-Fi Channel version from 2000, it is a far better version. Sci-Fi also released a Children of Dune DVD. This is a video version of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.

Note: Dune Messiah is without a doubt the worst of the Dune series. It is unbearably hard to read. It is really terrible. I know people that gave up on the Dune series after trying to read this book. If you are a diehard Dune fan, read it, otherwise skip it. Someday I will write a summary of Dune Messiah, it will only take about three paragraphs. Children of Dune is so much better you will wonder if Frank had overdosed on Spice when he wrote Messiah. 

Latest Update:
Brian and Kevin have completed the final chapter in the Dune series and added a couple of very good stories interweaved around Children of Dune and Dune Messiah.

Hunters of Dune (Awesome must read for any Dune fan)
Sandworms of Dune (2007)
Paul of Dune (2008)
The Winds of Dune (2009)

Coming in 2010 or 2011...
The Throne of Dune and Leto of Dune



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