Dune, the desert planet known to the Imperium as Arrakis, is home of the fabled sandworms and the sole source of the geriatric drug melange, better known as spice. Its history is documented in a series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert.
The universe of Dune has been further elaborated in prequels written by Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. The novels that have been so far published are:
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are currently working on two novels set between “Butlerian Jihad” and “House Atreides”.
In addition to the Dune novels, several other books provide information and insights into the Dune universe:
Furthermore, three movie adaptations of the novels have been made to date, with more adaptations in production. The most famous version is David Lynch's “Dune” (1984), which was originally seen in theaters. Two further versions are available: a two and a half hour-long director's cut and a three hour version, from which Lynch had his name removed.
Recently, the Sci-Fi Network has produced “Frank Herbert's Dune” (2000) and “Frank Herbert's Children of Dune” (2003), with plans to produce further movies underway.