Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Although a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels.

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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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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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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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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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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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Is “The Jesus Incident”'s generating chlorine gas from seawater feasible?

In an important scene in Frank Herbert's "The Jesus Incident", one of the characters generates chlorine gas by running a "high voltage" current through seawater. Is it possible to generate ...
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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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The Jesus Incident: Is there a reason Herbert used the name “Jesus Lewis”?

In the (lesser known, non-Dune) novel "The Jesus Incident" one of the character's name is "Jesus Lewis". We learn in an important scene that it's normally pronounced in the Spanish style (i.e. ...
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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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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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Depictions of other aliens from Herbert's “Whipping Star” and “Dosadi Experiment”

Wayne Barlowe, in his classic art book "Guide to Extraterrestrials", depicted the frog-like Gowachin from Frank Herbert's books "Whipping Star" and "Dosadi Experiment". I've been trying to find ...
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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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Why did Leto II outlaw Mentats?

I didn't recall this detail from the books -- though I do recall the multiple Idaho gholas -- but this entry in the Dune Wiki indicates that the mentat order was outlawed during the reign of Leto II ...
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Are Jews in Chapterhouse: Dune the same cultural group as in our universe/timeline?

Religion features a huge role in Dune universe and there are many religions involved in the story line. These fictional religions are mostly ecumenical or syncretic combinations of existing ...
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Why was Paul given the test in the beginning?

In Dune, Paul was given the test of the gom jabbar, where tremendous pain is inflicted on his hand by the Reverend Mother. She said the purpose behind this was to know whether Paul is human, to ...
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How true to the original vision of Frank Herbert were the sequels published by his son?

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson based their sequels to original Dune series on research material composed by Frank Hebert before his death. Are there any sources that describe how much material ...
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When did Paul become aware of the Golden Path?

The believe the first mention of the Golden Path was is in Dune Messiah, but did Herbert ever mentioned when Paul first became aware of of the Golden Path? Did he foresee it shortly after ...
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How did the sandworms/sandtrout appear on Arrakis?

Were they native species? My impression was that Arrakis was turned into Dune fairly recently, geologically/paleontologically speaking.
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In the Dune universe, how do the sandworms enlarge the desert?

In Chapterhouse Dune and in Hunters of Dune, it is clear that the Sandworms are causing the desert area to grow and take more and more of the surface of the planet. However, the sandworms need ...
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Why didn't the Omnius wipe out free humans before Tio Holtzman and Sorceresses of Rossak developed the means to defend/atack?

Was there an explicit in-Universe explanation for why Omnius never bothered to physically destroy humans before Tio Holtzman and Sorceresses of Rossak developed the means to defend/attack? It seems ...
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In what order should the Dune follow up books be read?

I have read all of Frank Herbert's Dune books twice now, and was never all that interested in Brian Herbert's follow ups "House of..." and "Legends of...". Are these best read in publication order, ...
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Which names and terms in the Dune series come from Hebrew-inspired phrases?

Kwisatz Haderach is one example of a name that is inspired by a Hebrew phrase. What is a complete list of terms that are used in Dune and share this property?
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Who rules the universe at the end of the Dune saga?

Back in the day, I read the first 2 1/2 or so dune books and I'm wondering who ends up ruling the universe at the end of the Dune series. I know there was a Sandworm Atreides emperor who ruled for a ...