Well, folks, I've been a Dune fan for along time. The Author; Frank Herbert centers the story around a single planet called Arrakis. Unique to this desert planet, other than lots of sand, are giant sandworms that roam the surface of the planet much like the buffalo herds of the great plains. A rare chemical compound called "Spice" or "Melange" is produced only on Arrakis. When highly evolved humans consume it for long periods it gives them immortality and highly sentient visions. Over hundreds of years, a metamorphosis can occur, with the help of specialized trainers to bring the immortal human to a state called a "Guild Navigator." These navigators can fold space such that interstellar travel become instataneous. Hence they are an imoprtant part of the galactic economy. Multiple grand houses of the Landsraad control various apsects of the galactic imperium. The current books I am reading are "House Harkonnen", "House Atreides" and lastly "House Corrino." These novels depict the sub plots and intrigue from the perspective of the dominant characters from each of the major houses. They were written by Frank Herberts son Brian Herbert alongside a sci fi legacy named Kevin Anderson. These three books are the prequels to the Dune trilogy, which has now become over 15 books and a new series on the schools (such as the navigator schools)is due out soon. Many of these, both by Frank Herbert and his son Brian, are New York Times Bestsellers. There is also "The machine Crusade" which is a pre-prequel and is a long complex read, but really instills in the reader how the later Dune universe has come to pass.
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