I'm taking about the original book, before the Atreides took over. Was spice only for the mega rich? Could a middle class Caladan citizen for example buy it?

  • I'm not sure that Frank Herbert ever discussed the economics of the spice, at least not anything involving numbers. It was only the cosmopolitical generalities (e.g. " the spice must flow") that mattered. Also, when you say "original book", are you excluding any prequels such as "Prelude to Dune", written by other authors ?
    – Spencer
    Jan 22 at 16:20
  • I believe I have to accept prequels here, even though I generally don't like to, because my question is about pre-Dune economics Jan 22 at 16:28
  • @Spencer I have a vague memory of a line mentioning something like that a tablespoon of Spice could buy you a house on the Guild Sanctuary planet of Tupile. I'm trying to find it again, but if right, it was certainly out of the price range of the ordinary person. Jan 22 at 16:30
  • @suchiuomizu That would depend on what a typical dosage/strength was. Maybe I don't need to buy the equivalent of a house. Maybe just the equivalent of a sofa might suffice me.
    – Peter M
    Jan 22 at 16:46
  • Basically a dupe of What was the typical dose of Spice-Melange?
    – Valorum
    Jan 22 at 16:48


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