Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert. It won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the first instalment of the Dune saga. In 2003, it was described as the world's best-selling science fiction novel. Dune is set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs. It tells the story of young Paul Ateides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or "spice", a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities. As melange can only be produced on Arrakis, control of the planet is a coveted and dangerous undertaking. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the factions of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its spice.
Binding suggestions: this book would look good when bound in tan leather, gold lettering of title and author on the front and spine. The tops of the pages can be gilt, with a ribbon and top and tail bands to add a touch of colour, in red.