Appendix S: Dune
As with many of the most seminal works of speculative fiction and fantasy, the most amazing thing about Dune is how close it came to never seeing print, having been passed over by twenty publishers before being initially picked up by a nonfiction small press. In the canon of F&SF, there are few books whose importance literally cannot be understated. Dune is one of those. Without it, the world of imaginative literature would not be the same.
I break with a lot of Herbert fans in my complete dispassion for the later Dune books, including the capstone of the original trilogy, Children of Dune. To anyone who hasn’t read the books, my recommendation is always to read Dune and Dune Messiah back to back as one continuous narrative, with the sequel bringing Herbert’s vision to a satisfying and heartbreaking end.