There are claims that Dune has been influential in, and an inspiration for the writing and creation of Star Wars.
In what ways is that evidenced? Please give examples.
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Desert planet, good v. evil, corrupt and established authority v. young whippersnapper; these are all prototype sci-fi concepts. Herbert's greatest contribution was to bring awareness of ecological themes to science fiction and to describe an intricate and alternative lifestyle (and an alternative and nascent religion) that you'd be hard pressed to find a hint of in Star Wars. Dune (the book, anyway) is a masterpiece, although the many sequels significantly diluted that original potency. Star Wars at least has that much in common.
There is no direct evidence.
The following is a list of similarities according to an article I found a few weeks ago when I had the exact same question. Short of direct evidence or a quote from Lucas, to what extent these similarities actually did serve as an inspiration or how influential they were for Star Wars, will most likely be relegated to opinion. Some of them might be a stretch as they could simply represent story-telling archetypes rather than a direct inspiration (such as the Trade Monopoly or the use of Electronic-Binoculars), or just plain genre staples (such as the anti-grav devices). I found several statements claiming Lucas himself has acknowledged that Dune served as an inspiration but I have not been able to find direct evidence for this. It seems that Lucas took his inspiration from several SciFi stories rather than just Dune. I think it would be more correct to say that Star Wars was, in part, influenced by some the elements in Dune rather than to say that Dune was the direct inspiration for Star Wars. Note how the paragraph I quoted says "lesser borrowings", the author himself seems to be aware that some of the similarities are tenuous, while others seem to be a strong indicator that a few things were indeed directly borrowed (Princess Leia, Princess Alia; Moisture Farmers, Dew Collectors; Jedi Bendu; Prana Bindu; Metaphysical abilities which seem more at home in a Fantasy setting rather than SciFi)
"In early drafts of the Star Wars script the influence was much more obvious - the story was full of feudalistic Houses and dictums, and the treasure the Princess was guarding wasn't the Death Star plans, but a shipment of "aura spice." The final version of Star Wars is related to Dune mostly in spirit: a science fiction heroic fantasy treated seriously. Of all the ideas George Lucas inherited from Frank Herbert, the subtle lesson was how to use science fiction to create myth. His lesser borrowings might include:"
Princess Leia - Princess Alia
Villain turns out to be hero's father - Villain turns out to be Villain's grandfather
Sandcrawler: Vehicle piloted by Jawas - Sandcrawler: Vehicle piloted by Arrakins
Moisture Farmers (like Uncle Owen) - Dew Collectors (Fremen)
Spice Mines of Kessel - Spice is the key commodity in the Dune Universe
Metaphysical abilities which are exclusive to a select group of people: Jedi Mind Trick - The Voice (Bene Gesserit)
Metaphysical Training routines: Jedi Bendu (a Jedi training technique) - Prana Bindu (a Bene Gesserit training technique
Vision of Obi-Wan appears to Luke on Hoth while he is dying - Vision of Pardot Kynes appears to Liet-Kynes while he is dying
The Trade Federation has a monopoly on shipping in Space - The Spacing guild has a monopoly on shipping and Transportation in Space
Luke practices fighting against an automated training dummy (a floating orb shooting painful lasers)- Alia and Paul practice fighting against a humanoid automated training dummy
Repulsors, small devices used to counteract gravity (used in the Landspeeder, speeder bikes and Jabba's barge) - Suspensors small devices used to counteract gravity (used by Baron Harkonnen and Glowglobes)