The Spice Must Flow: The Story of Dune, from Cult Novels to Visionary Sci-Fi Movies

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Plume Books
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5.27 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
Ryan Britt is the author of Phasers on Stun! and Luke Skywalker Can't Read. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Vulture,, SyFy Wire, Den of Geek!, Inverse, The New York Times, and Fatherly, where he is a senior editor.
"Lively and entertaining... Britt's book should appeal to "Dune" aficionados and newbies alike." --Associated Press

"A gripping guide to the past, present, and future of Frank Herbert's science fiction epic. Britt traces Dune's journey to ubiquitousness, from its humble beginnings with an automotive repair manual publisher to its flurry of adaptations by the likes of David Lynch and Denis Villeneuve. The Spice Must Flow also interrogates why Dune endures, with Britt advancing a compelling argument that Herbert laid the groundwork for strains of feminist and ecological science fiction yet to come. Exhaustively researched and entertainingly told." --Esquire

"This is quite simply a remarkable book...there may be a more comprehensive book about the Dune novels and films, but for right now, this book ranks number one."

"[E]ngaging and timely...full of the fan joy and insider knowledge that readers want." --Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

"Britt provides an entertaining crash course on Frank Herbert's Dune series...The result is a riveting testament to the saga's enduring appeal." --Publishers Weekly

"The Spice Must Flow takes a daunting wealth of subject matter and makes it an accessible, illuminating read that never lets you get lost in the sands." --Mashable

"A wonderfully enjoyable companion guide to Dune... Touching on everything from the nonfiction magazine article that was the earliest version of Dune, to the turbulent attempts to adapt the novel into a film, Britt also gives welcome space to how Herbert's sandworm-populated, drugged-up sci-fi saga serves as 'an ecological guide to the future.'" --HeatMap

"Excellently researched, pulling on not just many historical articles and interviews, but also brand-new interviews with all three Paul Atreides' (Timothée Chalamet, Kyle MacLachlan, and Alec Newman), directors Denis Villeneuve, John Harrison, and Frank Pavich; and many more members of the Dune universe... this book is the perfect gift for yourself or fellow Dune fan!" --Dune News Net

"A comprehensive, hugely enjoyable study of the entire history of Dune... [A] humor-filled but deeply respectful approach to Herbert and the universe he created." --Film Stage

"A deep dive into the Dune-iverse that is a compelling achievement. Ryan Britt gets down to the granular level, giving usa sandworm's perspective of the planet we love. Kull wahad!"--Kyle MacLachlan