Dune is a science fiction franchise which originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Considered by many to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time, Dune is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history.

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What does the word “thumper” mean when used to measure distance?

There are several places in Dune where the word "Thumper" is used as a measure of distance: On the north polar map of Dune, there's an arrow pointing to the left with the caption: 20 Thumpers to ...
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Why is the Atreides family so small? And why did noone on Caladan avenge their deaths?

I am reading Dune at the moment and can't work out why the Atreides line at the beginning of the book seemingly contains only three people, the Duke, his Bene Gesserit consort and son (later it turns ...
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Did Paul Atreides as the Kwisatz Haderach possess truly supernatural power?

For example, super strength, jedi-like abilities, etc? Or was he just really in tune with the spice melange? (Regarding the books, not the movies.)
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Why is melange called “spice”?

Is it because before it was used as a drug, it was used for flavoring food? Both in- and out- of universe answers are welcome!
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What is the connection between the science of testing, and Dune's idea of unlimited testing scales? [closed]

Dune presents the idea that testing scales should never have a maximum level - it should always be possible to get a higher score or go to a more difficult level. There's one memorable scene where ...
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Why was it such a big deal when Jessica decided to have a male child? Surely she could get pregnant again?

I read Dune several years ago, and this has always bothered me. Jessica's decision to bear a male child was such a big deal amongst the Bene Gesserit that they call it 'The Jessica Crime'. However I ...
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Did the Bene Gesserit support the destruction of House Atreides, and how?

I've read comments here and there that the BG were not only complicit, but may have had a hand in the Harkonnen/Sardaukar attack that (nearly) wiped out House Atreides on Dune. However I don't ...
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What is the relationship between Paul Atreides and the Guild Navigators?

So, a Guild Navigator shows up at the Emperor's house at the start of the movie and tells him to kill Paul Atreides. Paul becomes the god Muad'dib at the end of the movie and vanquishes the Emperor, ...
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List of Weirding Words for the Weirding Module in Dune?

Is there a comprehensive list of Weirding words to be used with the Weirding Module in the Dune universe? There are several obviously pronounced in the original movie. In the movie, Mua-Dib is a ...
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Why did the Baron Harkonnen cut off Rabban?

In Dune, Thufir Hawat counsels the Baron to "abandon your dear nephew Rabban", so the Baron stops sending him troops and supplies. This gives the Fremen the opportunity to overwhelm Rabban's forces ...
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Is Duncan Idaho in Frank Herbert's Dune series a Harkonnen?

From Frank Herbert's original series, some suggestions why this might be the case - Mainly: In Heretics of Dune, Lucilla is described as resembling his biological mother, and Lucilla resembles ...
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Was the first Leto II also the Kwisatz Haderach?

By the first Leto II, I'm referring to the one born in Dune, who died during the Sardaukar raids. Additionally, I am not necessarily implying that Paul was not the Kwisatz Haderach (because that is ...
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Why isn't a single Fremen called Freman?

In Dune, why does a single Fremen is called Fremen and not Freman? Does the word have nothing to do with men? (In pure grammar context)
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In Dune, what does “gestalten” mean?

The title pretty much says it all. I cannot find it in the glossary. And being a native German speaker does not help either¹. The old woman studied Paul in one gestalten flicker: face oval like ...
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Dune saga: In which order should I read prequels, books and sequels

I'm really lucky, finally here in Spain all Frank Herbert's books will be published by the same editor in pocket edition! Unluckily all his works will be published in chronological order, and Dune has ...
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What are the primary producers of Arrakis?

Here on Earth, we have a number of primary producers: Plants and other photosynthetic organisms, which convert sunlight into chemical energy. Chemotrophs, which get energy (via a few intermediate ...
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Is there a significant reason why people addicted to melange have blue eyes?

In the Dune series, people who are addicted to melange have entirely blue eyes. Is there a significant reason as to why Frank Herbert chose the colour blue over other eye colours?
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Dune “official” artwork

I would like to know if there is some Dune-related comprehensive artwork (not including live-action stuff) officially endorsed by Frank or Brian Herbert. The scans on Internet of Osmius and Erasmus ...
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How was Duncan with Paul at Sietch Tabr?

There is something that has been bothering me in God Emperor of Dune. When the new Duncan arrives and is taken to meet Leto II, Leto says: "When we climbed to Sietch Tabr for the last time together, ...
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Why do some references in Dune mention the scope as just the galaxy and others the entire universe?

At some points, in the various books, we see references to the scope of the story being just the galaxy. At other points there is reference to the entire universe. I've read all the books over the ...
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Did the Bene Gesserit have hard power in Dune?

BG were the epitome of soft power - influence in every court via servants such as truthsayers, concubines, and even female family members. But did they have any hard power, such as standing armies, or ...
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Why did Paul Muad'Dib believe he wasn't in control of his legions?

I am partway through Dune Messiah, and it's apparent to me that Paul (and perhaps Frank Herbert) does not believe he is in control of his "Jihad." Why could he not just command his forces to stop? If ...
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How did Duncan Idaho become so familiar with the fremen

I've been reading [in God Emperor of Dune], and there's been something that was bothering me When Duncan went to Tuono Village A large part of the book was about How much un-fremen like the museum ...
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Leto II or III? Son of Paul who becomes GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE

In Herbert's first book of DUNE, the first child, a son of Paul and Chani né Leto II, is murdered as a toddler. Paul announces this presciently/psychically when the Sardaukar raid and kill a sietch ...
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The geography of Arrakis

Does the geography of Arrakis make sense? I'm always a bit confused about how big the planet is, and where everything fits. According to the map, every point of interest is above the 60 degree north ...
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Why didn't Leto II use prescience?

Muad' Dib often made great use of prescience. As far as I understand, he literally saw parts or threads of the future. Even though he couldn't grasp everything, he'd consciously chosen to avoid ...
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Did Jordan base the Aiel on Herbert's Fremen?

Were the Wheel of Time's Aiel based on Dune's Fremen? Did Robert Jordan acknowledge or otherwise address this connection?
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Was Jessica the only Bene Gesserit who majorly violated her orders?

The main plot of Dune revolves around the fact that Jessica, as Duke Leto Atreides' concubine, chose to bear him a son out of love for him, when the Kwisatz Haderach breeding program was dependent ...
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Why is the gom jabbar seldom administered to males?

At the beginning of Dune, Gaius Helen Mohiam uses the gom jabbar to test Paul Atreides and confirm that he is human. During the preceding conversation, she states plainly that it is seldom ...
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Muad'Dib vs. Mahdi

When the Atreides arrive on Arrakis, there are a number of instance where the Fremen call Paul Mahdi. While I realise that Mahdi is Arabic for guided one, I can't help but wonder at its close ...
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Why are the Bene Gesserit tonsured/bald in the movie?

The opening paragraphs of Dune explicitly state that the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother has a full head of hair: The old woman was let in by the side door down the vaulted passage by Paul’s room ...
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How is faeces processed in stillsuits?

Kynes studied the underarm seals, adjusted one. “Motions of the body, especially breathing,” he said, “and some osmotic action provide the pumping force.” He loosened the chest fit slightly. ...
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Where did the Sandworms/Sandtrout originally come from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did the sandworms/sandtrout appear on Arrakis? I'm going to ask a more pointed version of this question: How did the sandworms/sandtrout appear on Arrakis? Has ...
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How do the Dune sandworms move?

The sandworms of Dune are huge and powerful. But how exactly do they move beneath all that sand? They don't necessarily skim above the surface as they apparently only raise smallish (relative to their ...
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Gender of Bene Gesserit offspring

The plan to produce the Kwisatz Haderach was that all Bene Gesserit would have daughters only, until the time was ready (and we know that Jessica Atreides disobeyed). All this stems from the idea of ...
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Original source of the term “Siaynoq”?

Re-reading the Dune novels, and I remembered an old question: What is the source of the term "Siaynoq" as found in God Emperor of Dune? Most of the non-english terms in the Dune universe come from ...
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What does 'Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles' mean?

In Frank Herbert's Dune, the name of a mega-corporation CHOAM stands for Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles. However, while I recognize some of the word roots in the full name, I never really ...
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Why does Count Fenring choose not to kill Paul Atreides at the end of Dune?

At the end of Dune when ordered by Shaddam IV to fight Paul Atreides, Count Fenring refuses to do so even though it is strongly implied that it is well within his capability to defeat him in combat. ...
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In Dune are specifics given as to what the “Suk Imperial conditioning” of Dr Yueh actually is?

I have read the first five Dune novels and after the first I do not recall any further mention of Imperial conditioning. In the novels written since Frank Herbert's death, were any further references ...
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Did Frank Herbert ever record any Dune audio books himself?

The question pretty much says it all. On Wikipedia it states In 1993, Recorded Books Inc. released a 20-disc audio book narrated by George Guidall. In 2007, Audio Renaissance released an audio ...
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Where can one find the pronunciation of special names in Dune?

Where can one find the pronunciation of special names in Dune? I found the following site but none of the sound files on it seem to work: http://www.usul.net/books/sounds.htm EDIT: The link ...
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What does Paul mean about “terrible purpose”?

In Dune book 1, there are various mention of "terrible purpose" in the thinking of Paul and he also mention quite a few times that he didn't want the "jihad" to happen. What is this whole thing about? ...
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Could the raid on House Atreides by House Harkonnen be legal?

Why did no other Houses protest against the Harkonnens? I am sure there must be fugitives from Arrakis to recount what happened in Arrakis. I am still reading the first book and am reading the ...
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In general, should I look through a novel's appendix(es) before, during or after reading?

I'm about 100 pages into Dune. I noticed the novel has more than one appendix. As a rule of thumb, when a sci-fi or fantasy novel has an appendix, should I: read through it before I start the ...
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What is the use of the Voice in the 'Weirding Way'?

In the movie Dune, the Weirding Way is shown to be sonic based. There are problems to say the least with the rest of the interpretation, but that much follows the prerequisite of the use of the Voice ...
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Is there a canonical reference to the extent of the martial arts training that Bene Gesserit received?

This came up via discussion in another question. I do remember that Bene Gesserit get self defense training, but, basically I'd like to know any and all sources for the extent of the training, its ...
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What did Leto do to earn the enmity of the Padishah Emperor?

Leto Atreides seemed an open and honorable man. Yet the Padishah Emperor conspired with House Harkonnen to deliberately betray Leto, and destroy House Atreides. Why?
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Why did the emperor agree to send the Atriedes to Arrakis?

I am reading book 1 of the Dune series. I just read the chapter in which the Harkonnen took control over the house of Atriedes in Arrakis with the help of Yueh. I know the Emperor sent a legion of ...
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Why did the Dune mini-series (2000) not make Muad'Dib god-like, unlike the 1984 movie?

In the mini-series adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune (2000), Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides) does not become godlike by the end of the movie. At the end of the 1984 movie
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What were the selection factors in the breeding program conducted by the Bene Gesserit to produce the Kwisatz Haderach?

I recall a line from the David Lynch film, that an Atreides daughter (presumably, Alia) could be wed to a Harkonnen heir (Feyd Rautha) to "seal the breach". ?? There's an analogy of sorts with ...