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What is the inspiration behind the Weirding Module in Dune (1984)?

In the David Lynch version of Dune (1984), he added a weapon that amplified sound into a concussive blast called a Weirding Module. Is there anything discussing why he thought this necessary to his ...
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How much detail does Paul's prescience provide?

I just finished watching Dune: Part 2 a second time, and in the rewatch I'm seeing a lot more meaning behind everything Paul says after he drinks the Water of Life. I'm wondering how detailed his ...
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What are the logistics behind getting everyone on and off a sandworm?

In Dune: Part Two (2024), we saw how intense it was when Paul hitched a ride on a giant sandworm, clinging on for dear life. But then later, there is a scene with like dozens of Fremen casually riding ...
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Is the supposedly fake prophecy of Mahdi that the Bene Gesserit implanted on Arrakis actually a real prophecy?

I've been re-reading through Dune recently, and I've been considering the prophecy of the coming of Mahdi that the Bene Gesserit supposedly implanted on Arrakis as part of the Missionaria Protectiva. ...
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How was the miraculous complement of two Harkonnen legions for the retaking of Arrakis explained?

In Dune, the first novel in Frank Herbert's cycle, the condition sine qua non for the Imperial Sardaukar to take part in the venture is that the Harkonnens provide plausible deniability to the Emperor....
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At the start of Dune, who knew about the Spacing Guild's dependence on spice?

In the Dune series, the Spacing Guild has a monopoly on interstellar/faster-than-light travel, and its Navigators consume massive amounts of spice to fuel the prescience that allows them to plot their ...
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Why don't they use guns or lasers on Arrakis?

I know about the shields fighters wear on other planets, but it's said repeatedly that use of shields on Arrakis attract the worms. So if nobody wears shields there, what is the downside to guns or ...
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What happens if a very heavy impact hits a person's Holtzmann shield?

The basic purpose of a personal shield is that it's bulletproof, transferring so little impact to the wearer that unlike modern body armour, the wearer isn't even knocked back or winded. But ...
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Why didn't Emperor Shaddam have Irulan marry Paul at the beginning of Dune?

Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV orchestrated the fall of the Atreides because his adoptive cousin Leto was becoming too popular in the Landsraad, and the Atreides army was beginning to rival his own ...
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Are the books written by Irulan in Paul of Dune meant to represent the books quoted in Frank Herbert’s 1965 version of Dune?

In the Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson works Princess Irulan writes The Life of Muad’Dib, Volume 1-3. Are these meant to be the original Frank Herbert trilogy - Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of ...
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Was the Holtzman Shield gas permeable?

The Holtzman Shield in Dune works by blocking the movement of objects faster than certain threshold. This has rendered projectile weapons obsolete in universe and combat has become primarily melee. ...
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What is the device that the Baron's servant is holding in this scene?

What is the handheld device called that the Baron's servant is playing during his healing bath scene? I can't find it anywhere.
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How much of the book does the movie "Dune: Part Two" (2024) cover? [duplicate]

In terms of the original book, how much does Dune: Part Two cover? I have finished the contents of the first movie (in the book Dune) and want to read the book and then watch the second movie, but ...
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Why do they fight with knives and not with assault rifles in Dune?

In the Dune series, especially in the movies, the fight scene involves combat with knives and daggers without use of energy weapons or "old-fashioned" assault rifles. Why?
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Is the man Paul talks to in the south desert meant to be Korba?

Towards the end of the 2024 Dune, Part 2, Paul talks to a man about his grandmother who is later in some other scenes of the battle at the end. Is this meant to be Korba? It seems like a lot of screen ...
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Dune: What titles were used by the heads of Minor Houses during the Empire under House Corrin

Houses Minor are a well established part of the Dune Universe, being mentioned in passing many times. But I can't recall a single character from a Minor House. The Siridar Titles of the Major houses ...
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How could Dune's sandworms get so large? [duplicate]

I mean, they spent their entire lives in the maybe the most barren desert in the galaxy, right? There wasn't much to eat. How did they get to be so large? Has there ever been any discussion of this ...
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Information about the Padishah Emperors in Dune

Is there much canon information about the Padishah Emperors in the Dune Universe? If I remember correctly, the calendar in Dune dates from the Spacing Guild's legal monopoly on interstellar travel, so ...
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Is Dune intended as an allegory of the Middle East?

Dune is clearly inspired by the middle east — a barren, desert area controlling the one most important commodity in the world (spice/oil) without which all guild navigation/transportation cannot ...
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How can ornithopters in Dune fly with shields?

Ornithopters fly by allowing air to pass by their wings rapidly. Since shields are designed to stop high velocity impacts, how can an ornithopter fly while shielded?
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Are the knife/sword fights too fast in Dune (2021)?

"The slow knife penetrates the shield", we are told in both the Dune novel and its 2021 adaptation. Personal shields are meant to stop (or at least, severely slow down) fast-moving objects, ...
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How are Andros and Hyla conceived?

As I am still reading Sisterhood of Dune my question may be answered in due time. However, how were Andros and Hyla made from Agamemnon's sperm and a slave's egg if all of his sperm was destroyed on ...
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In Dune Messiah, why should blind fremen walk off in the desert?

I really appreaciated the whole rejection of the "hero" ideal of Dune Messiah, and the effort FH put into making the culture and society of the empire even deeper than in the first book. For ...
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Who "seeded" Arrakis' flora and fauna? And with what?

I'm currently about halfway through Dune and I'm curious about the speculative ecology therein. I'm going to disregard the Sandworms/Sandtrout because (a) they're stated to not be native to Arrakis ...
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What was the official story of the Harkonnen invasion of Dune?

During the first book, the house Atreides gains control over Arrakis from the Harkonnen by the emperor's command. Afterwards, the Harkonnen take Arrakis back with the help of the Sardukar. What was ...
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How is it that the Bene Gesserit are trusted when doctors are not?

The Bene Gesserit are a secret and mysterious school of mental and physical training for women. Those who complete the training possess almost superhuman powers of psychological manipulation, as well ...
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Why did the Lady Jessica harbour antipathy towards the Old Duke?

Early in the first book, the Atreides family take up residence on Arrakis. While unpacking and settling in, Jessica has been discussing where to hang a portrait of Leto's father: Jessica turned away, ...
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Return of desert at end of God Emperor of Dune

So at the end of God Emperor of Dune But why?
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Cranks-Effing-Turners?

One of the appendixes to the Dune trilogy describes the compilation of the Orange Catholic Bible by delegates from all major Earth religions, who were known as the Commission of Ecumenical Translators....
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How can a worm digest a harvester?

In the Dune films a well as the book (IIRC), there is a situation where a worm swallows a spice harvester. E.g. in the film of Villeneuve: To the extend of my ...
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Children of Dune - chapter 5 question - killed/arrested for not kneeling?

When Jessica arrives on Arrakis, almost everyone kneels. The people who don't are arrested or killed by Gurney Hallrck and Stilgar's men. What's happening here? Are people being punished for not being ...
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Why doesn't Paul Atreides give an order to stop the jihad?

In Dune Messiah, why doesn't Paul just give orders to stop the Jihad? "Stop killing in my name," or punish those who do kill in his name? Would the Fremen just disobey him? Is it not ...
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Why is there a water tube in the staff?

Here is a quote from Dune (book 1): The man carried Paul’s banner on its staff – the green and black banner with a water tube in the staff – that already was a legend in the land. Half pridefully, ...
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What is the process by which humanity gains its prescience-immunity in the Dune series?

I've always had this mental block about the timelines of the Scattering and the prescience-immunity conferred by the Siona genes. If the Scattering happens at the end of Leto's rule and the Honored ...
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In Children of Dune, was Leto ever actually in danger from the assassination attempt with the cats?

The cats sent by the Corinnos to assassinate the twins were used to further Leto's plans, and those plans revolved around Ghanima believing that Leto was killed by the cats. But this seems to imply ...
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What "strongest leads" is Jamis referring to?

In Dune (2021), Jamis didn't approve Paul and Lady Jessica joining with Stilgar's group: Jamis: I will not have them. Stilgar: Jamis, I have spoken. Be still. Jamis: You talk like a leader. But the ...
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Passage from the Dune novel where a certain conversation takes place

I'm trying to remember where in the book a certain conversation takes place--maybe someone here can help me? Here's what I remember: Either Paul or Leto is walking along, talking with Gurney (?) and ...
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What "designs" is Dr Yueh referring to?

In Dune (2021), Dr. Yueh checks vitals on Paul before Paul meets Bene Gesserit: Dr. Yueh: The Bene Gesserit say they serve the greater good... But, meaning no disrespect to your lady mother... they ...
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What does "it" in "it be" refer to?

In Dune (2021), Paul and Gurney had sword fight with a shield devices. Paul believes that he defeated Gurney in the fight but Gurney says: Gurney: But look down, my lord. You'd have joined me in ...
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Did the original Star Trek borrow from Dune?

In the past I claimed that Dune heavily influenced Star Trek but a friend pointed out that Dune and Star Trek were both made public in a similar time frame (less than one year apart). So maybe Star ...
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What does "dignity of exile" mean?

After hunter seeker failed to kill Paul in Dune (2021), Mohiam speaks to Vladimir in a vacuum-covered space: Vladimir: There's no satellites over Arrakis. The Atreides will die in the dark. Mohiam: ...
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Why didn't Dr. Liet-Kynes answer Paul's question?

At the old ecological testing station in Dune (2021), Paul asks the female planetologist and imperial judge, Dr. Liet-Kynes: Paul: Who are you to the Fremen? But she laughs and doesn't respond to ...
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What "transition" is Paul referring to?

In Dune (2021), Thufir showed Paul silos which are used to hold spice: Thufir: These are spice silos. We're meant to fill every crate. Paul: All of them? Thufir: Every 25 standard days. Harkonnen ...
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What was the Emperor's 'official' reason for removing the Harkonnens?

When Emperor Shaddam ordered the Harkonnens leave Arrakis and the Atreides to replace them, did he give an 'official' reason for doing so? By official, I mean a reason that would satisfy people so ...
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How did human society revert to feudalism?

In the Dune series, human society seems to have regressed from democratic to feudal, and is ruled by a caste of 'nobility' - did any of the writers give much thought to how this happened, and if so ...
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Does Spice have nutritional value to humans?

Even if perhaps one would develop vitamin deficiencies, etc. if one ate only Spice for a long period, would Spice be something that one could eat which would prevent starvation and provide calories ...
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Why do the Atreides spice harvesters differ from the Harkonnen?

In the title sequence, Chani tells us "At night the spice harvesters land". We see some of them: they look like giant insects. Later, after House Atreides takes over management of Arrakis ...
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Why didn't the Atreides or Harkonnen launch their own satellites?

Prior to the invasion, Baron Harkonnen says: There are no satellites over Arrakis. The Atreides will die in the dark. In the novel, we're given to understand that the Fremen bribe the Spacing Guild ...
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Access to house atomics in Dune

Prompted by this question: Are 'atomics' atomic bombs? I have begun to wonder about how Paul had access to the atomics in the first place. As this question potentially reveals spoilers for ...
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Are 'atomics' atomic bombs?

When Paul and the Fremen use something called Atomics to breach the shield wall- were they using atomic/nuclear weapons as we understand them?
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