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Dune - Frank Herbert

1965 - Dune is the epic struggle for control of Arrakis, a harsh desert planet home to monstrously over-size worms producing Spice, the galaxy's most precious natural resource. After his father's assassination, heir-to-the-throne Paul Atredies flees into the wilds of Arrakis to rally the bedouin-like natives against his mortal enemies, House Harkonnen. As Paul learns the ways of the worm-riding natives, he discovers new powers within himself and plots a revolt against the usurpers. Dune pairs a vividly realistic depiction of an alien planet ecology with a classic coming-of-age hero's journey.