Book One: Dune

Tothepeoplewhoselaborsgobeyondideasintotherealmof“realmaterials”tothedry-landecologists,wherevertheymaybe,inwhatevertimetheywork,thiseffortatpredictionisdedicatedinhumilityandadmiration.

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Abeginningisthetimefortakingthemostdelicatecarethatthebalancesarecorrect.ThiseverysisteroftheBeneGesseritknows.TobeginyourstudyofthelifeofMuad‘Dib,then,takecarethatyoufirstplacehiminhistime:borninthe57thyearofthePadishahEmperor,ShaddamIV.AndtakethemostspecialcarethatyoulocateMuad’Dibinhisplace:theplanetArrakis.DonotbedeceivedbythefactthathewasbomonCaladanandlivedhisfirstfifteenyearsthere.Arrakis,theplanetknownasDune,isforeverhisplace.

-from“ManualofMuad’Dib”bythePrincessIrulan

INTHEweekbeforetheirdeparturetoArrakis,whenallthefinalscurryingabouthadreachedanearlyunbearablefrenzy,anoldcronecametovisitthemotheroftheboy,Paul.

ItwasawarmnightatCastleCaladan,andtheancientpileofstonethathadservedtheAtreidesfamilyashomefortwenty-sixgenerationsborethatcooled-sweatfeelingitacquiredbeforeachangeintheweather.

TheoldwomanwasletinbythesidedoordownthevaultedpassagebyPaul’sroomandshewasallowedamomenttopeerinathimwherehelayinhisbed.

Bythehalf-lightofasuspensorlamp,dimmedandhangingnearthefloor,theawakenedboycouldseeabulkyfemaleshapeathisdoor,standingonestepaheadofhismother.

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