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The Messiah as Corruptor at Frank Herbert's Dune Frank Herbert's Dune is possibly one of the very best science fiction books ever written. A landmark of this genre, the task incorporates an intricate plot with a exceptional setting and memorable characters. Dune is rich with thematic material, touching on such varied issues as ecology, economics, faith, and politics; ultimately, it is a book about management, the outcome of power, along with human character. Any reading of Dune and its sequels necessarily arrives at an analysis of Paul, who starts the novel as the young ducal heir to House Atreides. Trained both by his mother, a sister of this enigmatic Bene Gesserit School, and from the mentat Thufir Hawat, the human equivalent of a supercomputer, Paul is clearly quite talented. Through some combination of his own genetic makeup and his schooling, Paul has exceptional mental clarity, often seeing connections where others would see nothing; occasionally his skills, particularly his prophetic dreams, transcend logical explanation. Early on in Dune, House Atreides is pushed into a reversal of fief out of their ancestral home of Caladan into the unforgiving desert planet Arrakis--that the sole source of the spice melange that, among other things, promotes long life and provides the Imperium a means of interstellar transport. The victim of a "work of art one of vendettas," Paul's father, Duke Leto Atreides, is soon deposed and assassinated by the Atreides' hereditary competitor, the Baron Harkonnen. Having managed to escape House Harkonnen's clutches, Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, find themselves lost in the desert wilderness and are soon captured by a tribe of those native Fremen. With the guidance of his mother, Paul works himself to the implanted.