Dune, set in a very distant future, and takes place over a thousand years, touching on the vital issues as life human beings, evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power.
Dune itself, the first book in the series, is the “best-selling science fiction novel of all time”, and the whole consensus is among the classics of this genre.
The science fiction genre is still often regarded by some in the academic – academic review category as “genre literature,” in a sense that it is second-class literature, ineligible to be seated with great literature. Big or serious literature. However, in the Land of Cat, the size, depth, complexity of metaphysical and ontological contemplations of man and the universe, the anxieties and the predictions are both generous and full. Concerned about the future of humanity, and much, much more, all make the translator unable to be skeptical about the aggressive and superficial classification of those self-proclaimed academics.
Herbert began research to write the Land of Sand in 1959. In an interview, Herbert said the idea of a novel formed at the time he was assigned by the editor to write an article about Oregon’s dunes. Dune was near Florence, Oregon, but he ended up falling in love with the subject and gathering too much material than was necessary for an article. The article itself, titled People stop moving dunes, did not he write, but it was the nucleus for ideas that would lead to the Land of Sand.
Herbert spent ten years researching and writing a complete book on Land of Sand, which was too long for the “market” sci-fi story of the time. The first book was serialized in Analog magazine in 1963 and 1965.