By Frank Herbert
Set at the barren region planet Arakis, Dune is the tale of the boy Paul Atreides, who might turn into the mysterious guy referred to as Muad'Dib. He might avenge the traitorous plot opposed to his noble family members - and might deliver to fruition humankind's so much historic and impossible dream. a mix of event and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune gained the 1st Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and shaped the foundation of what's certainly the grandest epic in technological know-how fiction.
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Jessica sighed. Against a carton to her right stood the painting of the Duke's father. Wrapping twine hung from it like a frayed decoration. A piece of the twine was still clutched in Jessica's left hand. Beside the painting lay a black bull's head mounted on a polished board. The head was a dark island in a sea of wadded paper. Its plaque lay flat on the floor, and the bull's shiny muzzle pointed at the ceiling as though the beast were ready to bellow a challenge into this echoing room. Jessica wondered what compulsion had brought her to uncover those two things first -- the head and the painting.
But, Wellington, that's the mystery. The water was there. It dries up. And never again is there water. Yet another hole nearby produces the same result: a trickle that stops. " "It is curious," he said. "You suspect some living agency? " "What would have shown? Alien plant matter . . or animal? " She turned back to the slope. "The water is stopped. Something plugs it. " "Perhaps the reason's known," he said. "The Harkonnens sealed off many sources of information about Arrakis. " she asked. "And then there's the atmospheric moisture.