Books That Inspire 2013


 
Dune
Frank Herbert


Nebula Award for Best Novel (1965) and Hugo Award for Best Novel (1966).

Dune, the 1965 sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, won the 1966 Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award. I picked this book up when I was a kid, a kid who liked character-driven stories but was bored to sleep by discussions of politics, religion, economics, military matters, environmentalism, ecology, diplomacy, and history. That’s a big list so I’m not really sure what was leftover that I did like. New Kids on the Block? Herbert expertly inserted all of the above themes into a truly engaging story that took hold of me and never let go. Twenty years later these are my favorite subjects, subjects my career is based around.


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Amy Rodgers
Doctoral Student
History of Science