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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Where does the water to transform Dune into a non-desert planet come from?

In the first three Dune books, where does the water come from to terraform Dune into a non-desert planet? They have the qanats (water tanks/reservoirs), but where does the water come from? Also, aside ...
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Fremen insult about wasting water

I vaguely recall an instance where a Fremen insults someone by indicating that they are so terrible it would be no loss if that person died and their body's water was not reclaimed. I've only read ...
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Why can't the Kwisatz Haderachs align the Bene Gesserit to the Golden Path?

There are somewhat similar questions but I'm asking specifically. If the Bene Gesserit bred the guy and they know that he sees the future, why are they utterly opposed to the Golden Path? I realize ...
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What were the implications of Teg being able to see no-ships?

Teg was able to see no-ships at the end of Chapterhouse. Does that mean he could see prescience resistant people as well? Does that mean Leto II's breeding program did not do what it was supposed to ...
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Dune saga: Bene Gesserit philosophy origins?

The Bene Gesserit sisterhood show similarities to orders of Catholic or Buddhist nuns, with their discipline, austerity, and high levels of education and organization ("gesserit" possibly alluding to ...
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Endogamy amongst Dune's First Family?

This site discusses Dune's influence on George Lucas' oeuvre, and the following comment is made: Herbert borrowed several other riffs from Sophocles, including the blind prophet, the hero ...
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In Dune, why do they breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose in the desert suits?

In the film Dune, when the Duke and Pual put on the desert suits, they are instructed to breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose when in the open desert. What does this accomplish?
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What do the dune sandworms eat?

As we know the planet dune is an empty desert, a huge territory with only sand and without any water or humidity. There were no animals mentioned in the first books and I'm sure no plants could ...
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Did Paul Atreides have an unusually small hand?

At age 15, Paul Atreides was tested by the Bene Gesserit to test whether he was human: From the folds of her gown, she lifted a green metal cube about fifteen centimeters on a side. She turned it ...
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What's the cause of the age old feud between Harkonnen and Atreides?

Near the beginning of Dune, Herbert makes us secret observers to the Baron Harkonnen's private council. It becomes obvious that the Baron despises Leto Atreides and wishes to destroy him utterly. To ...
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In Dune, why do noblemen keep marrying Bene Gesserits even though they are suspicious of their ways?

I found it perplexing that the overall attitudes towards the BG were negative, yet they found themselves in the highest echelons of power through marriage.
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Does the Juice of Sapho do anything other than stain?

Mentat Masters regularly consume the Juice of Sapho, causing their lips to stain. According to the Dune Wiki, Sapho, or more commonly the Juice of Sapho, was a high-energy liquid extracted ...
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The Atreides Manifesto

In HOD, Odrade writes The Atreides Manifesto under Taraza's direction and guidance. What was this manifesto? Why is it so important? Herbert never clearly describes it or its purpose. Or, does he? It ...
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Dune: explain the subtext here?

I quote a whole lot here because I don't know what to leave out. The banker says something boastful to Jessica and it moves Paul to confront him. Then the banker counters, but Paul stands firm. The ...
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Which books are considered canon when talking about Dune?

It seems logical that the six books written by Frank Herbert are considered canon, but what other works of his are part of the Dune canon? Are the works done by his son considered part of the ...
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Where does the Emperor in Dune rule from?

I know that in Dune his throne is referred to as the Golden Lion Throne, and is the symbol of his house, Corrino, but I have never found any indication of where he rules from. Does the Emperor rule ...
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In Dune, was there any danger from Feyd-Rautha's poison needle?

In Paul's duel with Feyd-Rautha, he is worried when Feyd-Rautha attempts to cheat with a hidden poison needle. But isn't Paul immune to poison? Furthermore, why didn't the snoopers detect the poison?
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In Dune, Are the Guild Navigators non-humanoid?

I finished the first book recently, and am watching the movie. It threw me that the navigators look like they do in the movie. I don't remember them being non-humanoid, and if they were I missed it. ...
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How much spice was in the Atreides' lost harvester?

Duke Leto Atreides commanded fierce loyalty from his subjects, a large part of which comes from his reciprocal loyalty to them, and this is neatly portrayed in the book: Leto, Paul, Liet-Kynes and ...
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What was the wordplay in the name Irulan?

Frank Herbert is well known for playing word games with character names in all of his works. ("Irulan" and "Noah Arkwright" are two of my favorite examples (from this Q) Noah Arkwright is kind of ...
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Why did Thufir Hawat seriously underestimate the number of Sardaukar?

Thufir had a strong reputation as a cunning and one of the best mentats in the universe, but in the first half of the novel it might be hard to see, as he was tested and failed. His biggest blunder ...
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Why no automated warfare in Herbert’s Dune?

Frank Herbert created the weaponry in Dune to build a deadlock: If a lasgun is fired upon a Holtzmann shield, both will be destroyed. Unpredictably, there might be even larger damage up until to what ...
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The “imperialism of consciousness” in God Emperor of Dune

In the SciFi book The God Emperor of Dune, near the end of the book Leto tells Moneo he knows what he fears. “Lord, if I lie … then I do not know it.” “That has the ring of truth. But I ...
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Why was Duncan Idaho repeatedly reborn?

Note: this is about out-of-universe reasons Throughout the Dune novels, the character of Duncan Idaho stands out as having the most appearances, but being reborn again and again as a ghola, for ...
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Why did it take so long for Alia to succumb to the Other Memory of the Baron?

I would have expected that she would have succumbed at an early age, not lasting into adulthood before she lost control to the others who would control her.
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What exactly is an “abomination” in Frank Herbert's Dune Universe?

I'm reading Children of Dune, and I'm getting confused exactly what is meant by "an abomination" according to the Bene Gesserit. At this point in the story, Jessica is convinced Alia is abomination, ...
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Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam ((great)grand)mother of people with other/genetic memories and nobody remembers?

In Frank Herbert's "Children of Dune" Leto (the later God-emperor) tells Jessica¹: They know you’re a Harkonnen! It’ll be in their breeding records: Jessica out of Tanidia Nerus by the Baron ...
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What is the origin of the Bene Gesserit's powers?

Where did the Bene Gesserit's powers come from?
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The Atreides/Harkonnen wedding

The Bene Gesserit were planning to have Leto's daughter marry Feyd Rautha Harkonnen, resulting in the birth of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the end of the feud. How were they going to convince Duke ...
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Which book in the Dune series has Paul describing his prescience like standing amongst dunes?

Which Dune book has Paul explain how he sees the future with the metaphor of looking from peak to peak across a series of dunes, with the implication that he cannot see into the wells of the dunes?
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Dune: Are Bene Gesserit abilities “magical/supernatural”, or natural in-universe?

Specifically, I’m wondering if Bene Gesserit have actual “magic” (supernatural) abilities with their words, or if it’s simply psychological tricks using inflection, tone, and specific words. Gesserit ...
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How do Projectile and Las weapons work on shields in Dune?

I'm reading through Dune right now and I'm a bit confused on the specifics of the weaponry in the book. It never seems to go into great detail and it makes some of the action scenes a bit hard to ...
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Is there a relation between the spice which is described in Dune to the real drug DMT?

DMT is a drug which expands consciousness. In the Dune books, there's a drug which is called Spice which also expands consciousness. The funny thing is that the street name of DMT is Spice, so I was ...
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What does Paul mean when he asks whether the Kwisatz-Haderach is a human Gom-Jabbar?

Right after his test in the Book "Dune", Paul asks whether the Kwisatz-Haderach was meant to be a human Gom-Jabbar. I can't make sense of this. Is it intended to mean "Can tell humans and animals ...
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Does spice cause blue lips in Frank Herbert's Dune?

I saw a comment here that implied that consumption of the spice (in Dune by Frank Herbert) caused blue lips. Is there any evidence of that? I only remember the blue within blue eyes. Spice giving ...
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How long can Fremen live?

The average lifespan of Fremen probably isn't terribly long due to the dangers of life on Arrakis. However, outside of that, what is the lifespan of Fremen? They do ingest a lot of spice over the ...
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Why does spice turn people's eyes blue?

Throughout the Dune series, 'blue within blue with blue' eyes (indicating both the pupils and whites of the eyes) are the mark of someone who consumes large quantities of spice. This cause and effect ...
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Is it ever explained how people first got to Arrakis, before they had spice?

The Dune prequels say that people had used computers to navigate before the Bulterian Jihad. They only became dependent on the spice when they outlawed computers. But what about the original series? ...
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How could the Fremen do what they did to the empire in Dune Messiah?

How could, and why would, the Fremen's jihad kill 61-Billion people and conquer the known universe? Their leader Paul was already emperor. What was left to conquer? And how could they force this ...
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What were the motives and intentions of The Preacher in Children of Dune?

Paul Atreides decided he'd rather not be prescient anymore even though he was physically blind and needed prescience to know anything about physical things he couldn't see. Being literally blind, he ...
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How deep are the sands on Arrakis?

From reading the novels, the impression is that Dune is like a vast ocean of sand, with the sandworms akin to gigantic sea-monsters, only in sand. I can't remember any specific mention of how deep the ...
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In the first Dune Book, how was Paul Atreides going to follow through on his threat?

Paul threatens Shaddam IV and the Spacing Guild that he'll destroy the spice unless the Guild moves the armada of his enemies away from Dune and Shaddam abdicates the throne. Somehow they decide he ...
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Was Dune originally a trilogy?

Was Dune meant to be a trilogy, which Children of Dune finished, before Frank Herbert decided to write more? The first three books are often grouped together, and have a similar time-frame and subject ...
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What does the Reverend Mother in Dune mean when she asks “And be damned to me?”

In fact, could someone explain to me what this passage is saying? "Don't you want to hear what the Reverend Mother can tell you about the Kwisatz Haderach?" Jessica asked. "She said those who ...
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Is “prophecy” a major theme throughout the entire original Dune series?

I really like the first Dune novel, but I can't decide if I should read the rest of Frank Herbert's series. Having a main character who knows exactly what's going to happen really took some of the fun ...
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Did Serena Butler have living descendents?

I ask because in the first half of Hunters of Dune (p204 paperback ed.) Sheeana is consulting her Other Memory and she's addressed by someone claiming to be Serena Butler. A few chapters later, this ...
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Why did the movie version(s) of Dune have Paul Atreides making it rain?

I've watched David Lynch's Dune, the 3-hour cut (complete with expository animation sequence) and overall I think it holds up pretty well aside from the strong homophobic bent. However, one of the ...
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Why is water not imported to Arrakis?

Why is water not imported in guild highliners to Arrakis? I can understand a reluctance to import water because it would upset the ecology, and endanger the spice production somehow, but surely they ...
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Beam of light at the end of “Battle of Corrin”

At the end of the last battle described in Battle of Corrin when people are destroying last version of Omnius there is 'beam of light' fired by machines. Is this explained in other chapters or ...
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The place where the Bene Gesserit dare not look

What is this place that the Bene Gesserit are not able to look and why? Also why is it so terrifying?