10 Novels Every Sci-Fi Fan Should Read
Author: Frank Herbert
Published in 1965, Dune is the first installment in Frank Herbert’s Dune saga, as well as the winner of the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Set in the distant future, Dune plays out similarly to an interstellar version of Game of Thrones, with a feudal society of noble houses, each of which controls individual planets whom all owe allegiance to the power-hungry Padishah Emperor.
While Dune might not be revolutionary by any means, it did lay the foundation for a great deal of the themes and constructs in modern science fiction. However, even though Herbert is an intrinsic part of the genre, his style of writing can feel dated at times, making Dune a laborious read for some. Still, by the time you reach the end of this book, you realize that Herbert achieves the pinnacle of what a sci-fi author aspires to rise to; authentic world building.