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The Worlds of Dune

The Places and Cultures that Inspired Frank Herbert

Tom Huddleston



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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
10 October 2023
Some writers build worlds. Others birth entire universes.

In the decades since its publication, Frank Herbert's Dune has become arguably the best-selling and certainly the best-known science fiction novel ever written. So how did an ex-Navy newspaperman from Washington State come to write such a world-conquering novel? And how was he able to pack it with so many layers of myth and meaning?

Herbert's influences for his legendary creation came from far and wide, they range from his interest in Zen Buddhism and indigenous American lore, to Shakespearian drama and 60s New Age thinking. Beginning on Arrakis and going planet by planet, The Worlds of Dune offers a supremely deep dive into Herberts universe - detailing along the way the many diverse strands that he wove into his epic creation to offer a visually rich accompaniment to this sci-fi legend.
Imprint:   Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   750g
ISBN:   9780711282117
ISBN 10:   0711282110
Pages:   208
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: The Maker Part One ARRAKIS Chapter One: Desert Planet Chapter Two: The Fremen Chapter Three: The Spice Part Two CALADAN Chapter Four: House Atreides Chapter Five: Paul Muad’dib Chapter Six: Lady Jessica and the Bene Gesserit Part Three GIEDI PRIME Chapter Seven: House Harkonnen Chapter Eight: Piter De Vries and the Mentats Chapter Nine: The CHOAM Corporation Part Four KAITAIN Chapter Ten: House Corrino and the Padishah Emperor Chapter Eleven: The Landsraad Chapter Twelve: The Spacing Guild Epilogue: Dune World Endnotes Bibliography Index Picture Credits About the Author & Acknowledgements  

Tom Huddleston is an author, journalist and musician based in North London. His novels include several science fiction and fantasy stories for younger readers including the eco-futuristic FloodWorld trilogy. He spent a decade on the Film desk at Time Out magazine and is now a freelance Film & TV journalist writing for, among others, The Guardian and Little White Lies.

Reviews for The Worlds of Dune: The Places and Cultures that Inspired Frank Herbert

'Part analysis, part history book, Huddleston's tome covers Herbert's myriad influences, from Soviet Imperialism to the Irish Catholic matriarchs who informed the Bene Gesserit. An impressice work of granular Dunesploitation'.  -- Empire Magazine * Empire Magazine * 'An in-depth exploration of the places, events, and cultures that captivated Herbet during the writing of Dune, and became integral in his world-building'. -- Creative Review * Creative Review * 'a beautifully designed book exploring the ideas and concepts behind this science fiction classic'. -- Dune Scholar * Dune Scholar *

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