Warring faction of a distant galactic empire may sound familiar. Indeed Dune reminded me a great deal of Star Wars and Ender’s Game. More precisely, Star Wars and Ender’s Game are very reminiscent of Dune. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi, but I am told many other Sci-Fi works borrow heavily from Dune. The novel stands alone as a story, but is also part of the Dune Universe (Duniverse), including sequels by Herbert, prequels by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, another sequel by Bryan Herbert and Anderson based on Frank Herbert’s notes, and fan fiction.
Film Rendition: I'd heard pretty bad things about the 1984 film and it certainly lived down to the reports. I kept thinking what it would be like to watch the film without having first read the book. I believe I would have thought it was one of the stupidest and nonsensical films I'd ever watched. Skip the movie, read the book. I understand the 2000 mini-series is better. But, I think I'll skip that.