The Worlds of Dune: The Places and Cultures that Inspired Frank Herbert (Hardcover)

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The Worlds of Dune: The Places and Cultures that Inspired Frank Herbert (Hardcover)


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"An impressive work of granular Dunesploitation."
- Empire Magazine

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 boundless imagination was sparked by a dizzying array of ideas, from classical history to cutting-edge science, from environmentalism to Zen philosophy, and from Arabic texts to Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Beginning on Arrakis and going planet by planet, The Worlds of Dune offers a supremely deep dive into Herbert's 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.

Tom Huddleston is an author, journalist and musician based in North London, UK. 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.

Product Details ISBN: 9780711282117
ISBN-10: 0711282110
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English

'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