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Jay Townsend was inspired to create “Dune” because he was enchanted by the sci-fi novels by Frank Herbert, which he had read as a child. As a screenwriter, he said he hoped he could take a few good stories and use them to tell the history of humanity in the pages of his screenplay.
As the original sci-fi epic, “Dune” is one of the most acclaimed novels ever written. Herbert’s vision, elaborate world building and vast mythology helped the novel become one of the most successful science fiction works ever. It has been adapted for the stage, film and TV. But it is perhaps Dune that has had the longest run. At 47 years, Herbert’s work is already the second-longest-running novel of all time.
Herbert’s creation of the “Dune” universe is a colorful world filled with sci-fi, fantasy and mythology.
“It is this oppressive, sweeping world. It is beyond the imagination of most people. “
The 1894 novel, which has roughly 1,200 pages, tells the story of Paul Atreides, a nobleman who is embittered by the death of his family at the hands of the evil emperor Arrakis. Paul holds to a secret that he will take control of the desert city and reign with an iron fist. Meanwhile, his father’s enemies seek revenge.
Set in a harsh desert, the novel is peppered with vials of crystal containing a magical crystal known as the “Crystal Riches.” These vials are magical weapons that not only protect the nobleman’s house but also protect the impregnable cities he rules.
With a complex and well-written plot, the novel continues to intrigue readers and fans over the decades. In 2001, director David Lynch came on to direct a Ridley Scott-produced film that failed to connect with audiences, seemingly wiping it from cinema history.
Several subsequent reboots of the novel were met with commercial success. Despite not necessarily being the best adaptation of the novel, the SyFy television series “Herbert and Delacorte” won eight Emmy awards for writing.
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