By Frank Herbert
Set at the wasteland planet Arakis, Dune is the tale of the boy Paul Atreides, who may develop into the mysterious guy referred to as Muad'Dib. He could avenge the traitorous plot opposed to his noble kin - and could deliver to fruition humankind's so much old and unimaginable dream. a mix of event and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune gained the 1st Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and shaped the root of what's certainly the grandest epic in technology fiction.
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It had been done by the famed artist, Albe, during the Old Duke's middle years. He was portrayed in matador costume with a magenta cape flung over his left arm. The face looked young, hardly older than Leto's now, and with the same hawk features, the same gray stare. She clenched her fists at her sides, glared at the painting. "Damn you! Damn you! " she whispered. " It was a woman's voice, thin and stringy. Jessica whirled, stared down at a knobby, gray-haired woman in a shapeless sack dress of bondsman brown.
Even roses! She bent to breathe the fragrance of a giant pink blossom, straightened to peer around the room. Rhythmic noise invaded her senses. She parted a jungle overlapping of leaves, looked through to the center of the room. A low fountain stood there, small with fluted lips. The rhythmic noise was a peeling, spooling arc of water falling thud-a-gallop onto the metal bowl. Jessica sent herself through the quick sense-clearing regimen, began a methodical inspection of the room's perimeter. It appeared to be about ten meters square.
The door behind her began swinging closed. She caught it and propped it open securely with the stick Hawat had left. Again, she faced the wheel-locked inner door, seeing now a faint inscription etched in the metal above the handle. She recognized Galach words, read: "O, Man! " Jessica put her weight on the wheel. It turned left and the inner door opened. A gentle draft feathered her cheek, stirred her hair. She felt change in the air, a richer taste. She swung the door wide, looked through into massed greenery with yellow sunlight pouring across it.
Dune by Frank Herbert