Dune: Messiah

Frank Herbert

Illustrated by Hilary Clarcq

Discover the true scope of Frank Herbert’s vision in Dune: Messiah, the epic second act in the classic sci-fi saga, presented in a cinematic illustrated edition from The Folio Society.

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‘Brilliant… it is all that Dune was, and maybe a little more.’
  1. Galaxy Magazine

Lose yourself once more in the sands of Arrakis with Frank Herbert’s monumental Dune: Messiah. The second instalment of one of the most important sci-fi visions of the 20th century is presented in a unique illustrated edition from Folio. Paul Atreides has been Emperor of the Known Universe for 12 troubled years. He is the most formidable being in the universe, yet powerless to stop the catastrophic galaxy-wide war triggered by his ascension to the throne. Paul’s sweeping, tragic saga is illustrated by award-winning artist – and self-confessed Dune superfan – Hilary Clarcq. This edition also includes Herbert’s elusive ‘Death Cell Interview’ prologue, a dramatic recap of the first book that he wrote for the first UK edition of Dune: Messiah in 1971 and has appeared sporadically in versions ever since. Whether you’re familiar with Dune from the classic novel or the blockbuster movies, the Folio edition of Dune: Messiah is the vital next step in your journey.

Bound in printed and blocked metallic cloth

Set in Dante with Helvetica Neue and Black Tulip display

248 pages

Frontispiece, 7 colour illustrations, including one double-page spread, and 10 black & white chapter headings

Endpaper map by Martin Sanders

Printed slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

‘Heroes are painful, superheroes are a catastrophe. The mistakes of superheroes involve too many of us in disaster.’
  1. Frank Herbert

Originally serialised in Galaxy Magazine in 1969, Dune: Messiah was conceived by author Frank Herbert not so much as a sequel, but as a vital continuation. Paul has achieved his destiny, but doomed the galaxy in doing so. While struggling to guide humanity towards the spiritual awakening that could save them from extinction, Paul must also defend himself from a court of short-sighted usurpers, among them the sinister sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit and a cadre of shifty gene-crafters known as the Tleilaxu. This is Frank Herbert at the peak of his powers: riveting intrigue, rich storytelling, authentic world-building, and a gallery of memorably conniving characters. In addition to a parade of cinematic illustrations and chapter headers, Hilary Clarcq provides a stunningly thematic cover image of Alia. Track your progress through the story with a gorgeous endpaper map by fantasy cartographer Martin Sanders, complete with cartography notes. The book itself is bound in metallic grey cloth, flecked with spice dust in blocked gold, and comes in a slipcase enveloped by the ocean sands of Arrakis. This stunning Folio edition of Dune: Messiah reveals the full scope of Frank Herbert’s vision of which the original Dune was only a part.

About Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1920. He took his first newspaper job at the age of 19. After serving in the US Navy as a photographer, he studied briefly at the University of Washington. His first science-fiction story, ‘Looking for Something’, was published in the pulp-science-fiction magazine Startling Stories (1952), and his first novel, The Dragon in the Sea (1956) was serialised soon afterwards. In 1959 he began work on his most famous work, Dune, which was serialised by Analog magazine between 1963 and 1965. Finally published as a book, with modifications, in 1965 (Folio 2015), Dune won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Hugo Award in 1966, and Herbert went on to write five popular sequels. Herbert wrote for a number of newspapers, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, lectured at the University of Washington, and served as an ecological consultant in Vietnam and Pakistan. He published many other science-fiction novels, such as his WorShip series and the ConSentient novels, but Dune, which was made into a film in 1984 (two years before Herbert’s death), and into a television series in 2000, remains his most enduring work.

About Hilary Clarcq

Hilary Clarcq is an illustrator and gallery artist. She has a degree in English and Fine Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she is currently based. Hilary’s work has been recognised by Spectrum Fantastic Art, Illustration West and Infected by Art, and she was awarded the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2021. Hilary works primarily in oil on panel.


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