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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In Dune Messiah, where were the “Tleilaxu weaknesses” in the plot against Paul

In Dune Messiah, we learn about the Tleilaxu practice of giving a victim of their plots a chance to escape- if they can find it. At the end of the book: So, what means of escape did Scytale intend ...
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What does The Butlerian Jihad's coverart depict?

The first book of Dune's prequel series depicts a sand worm, a classic motif of the Dune books. After reading the book, one thing kept bothering me. What is the object in the mouth of the sand worm? ...
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Sheeana and the prophesy of the new sandrider?

In the book Heretics of Dune, the Bene Gesserit and the Priesthood both believe that Sheeana confirms a prophesy from Leto II that a new sandrider would appear. Can someone point me to the specific ...
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What was the inspiration for Frank Herbert's 'Litany Against Fear' in Dune?

Does anyone know if there was some inspiration behind the 'Litany against Fear' in Dune? Perhaps some philosopher or ancient proverb? If there is no primary inspiration, were there any fundamental ...
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Who was Holtzmann?

Inventions acclaimed to Holtzmann pretty much makes the world go round in the Dune universe. Holtzmann engines allow space-folder ships to move through dimensions. The Holtzmann effect is somehow ...
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Are The Lazarus Effect and Dune in the same universe?

There are similar aspects between Dune, and the technology in The Lazarus Effect. Noticeable similarities: Lasguns - this weapon exists in both of the books, and has similar architecture in both ...
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The second rise of the sandworm

In God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert, Leto states that when his 'metamorphosis' into a sandworm is complete, he will return to the sand. He goes on to say that the sandworms that would come from ...
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Why do only the 'little makers' produce the water of life?

In Dune by Frank Herbert, Sietch Tabr has a cave that contains a little-maker or stunted worm. This worm is surrounded by water so that it cannot escape. Paul decides to try and change the water of ...
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What is the nature of the Guild's superluminal travel?

In Frank Herbert's Dune, all faster-than-light travel is under the Spacing Guild's monopoly, leading to some interesting political situations. How do they travel through space? The miniseries made it ...
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What links are there between Dune and Force Awakens?

It has long been opined that the original Star Wars script drew inspiration from Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune, and apparently Lucas has acknowledged it. Most of these claims focus on the first movie, ...
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In Dune, what type of name is Chani?

Is is Jewish, Arabic, European etc? Does anyone know the origin of the name Chani?
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Why didn't Paul Maud'Dib marry Chani Kynes?

From the last pages of Dune and right after Hasimir Fenring restrains himself from killing the emperor for having cuffed Fenring viciously across the jaw: Paul cleared his throat, said: "We were ...
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How to pronounce Planet IX

In Dune, Ix is the universe's Japan, creating gadgets of varying utility. How do people in Herbert's universe pronounce the name? Is it "Nine" and the inhabitants are "Nine-ians"? Or is it "Icks" ...
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How costly was space travel in the world of Dune?

It is clear that spice was costly and that the Guild Navigators used large quantities of it: Herbert notes in Children of Dune that the geriatric properties of melange had been "first noted by ...
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In Dune was a D-Wolf a Dire Wolf?

In looking at this question What is a Dire Wolf I was amazed to learn that it was once real and subsequently became extinct. In God Emperor of Dune Frank Herbert introduces the D-Wolf Is there any ...
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Who introduced the Sandworms to Arrakis?

This question explores if the Sandworms are native to Arrakis, which we know to be untrue. This then raises a question. Who introduced the Sandworms to Dune? This question indicates how it may ...
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Peerage and titles in Dune

In the Dune series, is there some method to the choice of ruler's titles on different planets, or is it random? For example, DUKE Atreides, BARON Harkonnen, VISCOUNT Moritani. Surely they all had the ...
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In Dune when is the year 10191?

The Wika is claiming that the Dune Calendar starts with the Spacing Guild. Is this and their analysis accurate? If not then: Can we say by our calendar when is 10191 in the Dune universe?
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Could Paul Atreides have navigated a space fold?

In the classic Dune Paul Atreides becomes the long sought Bene Gesserit super being. He is both the first ever successful male Bene Geserit as well as a mentat, with tremendous prescient ability. It ...
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Did Bene Gesserit have any contingency plan in case of Lady Jessica's death?

Bene Gesserit are very angry at Jessica, because she gave birth to a son instead of a daughter. Yup, thats a tough one - 10 000 years of planning for the coming of Kwizats Haderach is at risk. Things ...
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What is the origin of the term Melange in Dune?

The geriatric spice Melange has been a staple of the Dune saga from the beginning. Mr. Herbert is known to have used Hebrew terms and Islamic undertones as well. Also Prana Bindu sounds like a ...
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What is the Bene Gesserit’s “message for humankind”?

In Chapterhouse Dune, one of the encyclopedia exposita entries at the beginning of a chapter is (boldface mine): Our household god is this thing we carry forward generation after generation: our ...
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Did Bene Gesserit believe in god?

Bene Gesserit used religious beliefs to further their goals (Missionaria Protectiva). But did Bene Gesserit themselves hold genuine religious belief (e.g. in a supernatural power, preferably in a ...
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Dune: Appendix III Who/What controlled the higher dimensional plan?

Appendix III: Report on the Bene Gesserit Motives and Purposes On the surface it would seem that the Golden Path of Leto II was that plan and he was in charge, but he was not alive during the Arrakis ...
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How many characters in Dune are fictionalizations of real people?

In the appendices to Dune, Frank Herbert refers to a book by Pander Oulson, a transparent anagram of Poul Anderson. How many other characters, major, minor, or single appearance, are fictionalizations ...
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Was the foresight from the spice in Dune series inspired by psychohistory in Foundation?

Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) was published in 1951, and primarily dealt with psychohistory, a branch of mathematics that laid down all the probable paths splitting off from a point and the percentage ...
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What was the Atreides worldview?

Appendix Ii of Dune notes an upsurge of galactic interest in the Zensunni belief system after the triumph of Paul and the Fremen. Which raises the question, what was he before he became a Zensunni? It ...
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Dune: other groups who undergo the Spice Agony?

In the original novel, a Bene Gesserit adept becomes a Reverend Mother by surviving the spice agony and gaining access to all the genetic ancestral memories along her female line. Amongst the Fremen, ...
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How Does Duncan Idaho's Ghola Remember Events Beyond the Death of the Original Duncan?

In God Emperor of Dune, the Duncan Idaho ghola references a number of events from the earlier books which occurred after the death of the original Duncan. For example: he mentions having known Leto II ...
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In Dune did all life start on earth?

The only living thing that seems to be native to another planet are the worms of Dune. I remember something called a "slig" but that seems to be a new species created by genetic engineering, and that ...
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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 ...