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 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?
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Is this the correct etymology of “Arrakis”?

I recently learned about the term arak, which refers to a type of Middle Eastern liquor infused with aniseed. According to the Wikipedia article, the drink is named after the Arabic word araq, ...
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Why doesn't the duke marry Jessica?

I remember in the book of Dune, the duke won't marry Jessica. Why doesn't Duke Leto marry Lady Jessica?
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What happens to the sandworm after its riders release it?

We know that sandworms are territorial and control an area up to 400 km2. Paul leaned forward, touched Kynes’ shoulder. “How big an area does each worm stake out?” Kynes frowned. The ...
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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 ...