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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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Dune- 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 Frank Herbert give much thought to how this happened, and if so did he ...
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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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Why do the worms produce spice, and what ecological role does it play?

In the novel, Liet Kynes tells Leto and Paul that the worms defend the spice. From this, Paul infers a likely relationship which turns out to be correct. The worms make it. But why do they do so? Is ...
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In what sense do the Harkonnens ravage the Fremen lands?

Chani's narration at the start of Dune 2021 states: At night fall, the spice harvesters land. The outsiders race against time to avoid the heat of the day. They ravage our land in front of our eyes. ...
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Why does House Atreides harvest during the day?

In the beginning of Dune 2021, Chani tells us: At nightfall, the spice harvesters land. The outsiders race against time to avoid the heat of the day. Later after having taken over management of ...
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How does Alia have the ability to communicate with male ancestors?

Reverend Mothers are connected with their female ancestors. Paul and Leto have access to both male and female ancestors. What’s the explanation for Alia’s communication with Agamemnon and Vladimir ...
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How is it possible to have a Liet Kynes Ghola in "Hunters of Dune," based on his death in the original book?

In reading Hunters of Dune, I realized that the Liet Kynes Ghola's cells should have been very hard to come by. Kynes dies in the desert in the first book, and I can't imagine there were any Tleilaxu ...
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How did the Bene Gesserit know there could exist a Kwisatz Haderach?

The Bene Gesserit spent thousands of years breeding selected humans from important bloodlines with the specific goal of reaching a Kwisatz Haderach, a prophesied male messiah and superbeing, a super-...
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How did the Tleilaxu in Dune master the "Language of God"?

The Tleilaxu are arguably the most strange and intricate race in Dune's books. Bene Tleilax masters manage to build Axlotl tanks, face dancers, and even to genetically modify themselves into weird ...
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How much of the book does the movie Dune (2021) cover?

I've read like... 100 pages of the book. How much more should I read before watching Dune (2021), so that the movie does not spoil anything from the book for me?
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In Dune, how much did spice cost for a non-Arrakis citizen? [duplicate]

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?
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What was Duncan Idaho's Fremen name?

I know Duncan Idaho spent time with the Fremen but I can't find the name the Fremen called him by. I think it translated to He who fights with many blades.
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In the 2000 miniseries, "Dune", what does Gurney say during the sparring scene on Caladan?

This has been bothering me for 20 years. I even owned the DVD and watched it a lot. During the sparring scene on Caladan, Paul says that he's not in the mood for the fight. Gurney says: "Not ...
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Why did it take so long for people to be able to start the spice-cycle on other planets?

In the beginning, only Arrakis has worms. Already in Dune Messiah somebody captures a worm and by Children of Dune it seems pretty common knowledge, that worms evolve from sandtrouts. In the last two ...
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How did Leto II conquer the Other Memories?

In Children of Dune, unlike Alia, Leto II is able to command his Other Memories. What did he do differently or how did he do it?
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Dune sand tent underground - why wouldn't digging and just being in a tent attract a worm?

Seems like being inside a sand tent down inside a dune would act like a vibration amplifying chamber -- even the vibration of simply breathing, snoring. etc - much less any movements would be ...
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Dune universe - For the preborn, why would any new individual personality form?

Noticed this sentence in Children of Dune, and it got me thinking about Alia: ".... experienced the womb as prison to an awakened consciousness—a living awareness from the second month of ...
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During the duel with Jamis, why did the Reverend Mother suggest Paul to get killed?

During the duel we hear the voice of the RM telling / showing Paul to be killed by Jamis. It is not clear to me: Why did she suggest that to him, and why of course did he refuse follow her suggestion? ...
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Who would have been the optimal partner of Alia according to the Bene Gesserit?

In Dune Messiah, Chapter 11, the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam is negotiating with Paul. Near the end of the Chapter she looks at Alia and thinks: And again she looked at the sister. The optimum ...
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When and why did the Tleilaxu begin to worship the God Emperor?

The Matres also killed the elder Tleilaxu Master, Tylwyth Waff, as he was on Rakis when they attacked the planet with ultra-destructive Obliterator weapons. This caused widespread revulsion amongst ...
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What was the affiliation of the "Reverend Mother" who assisted with Jessica's spice agony?

I have never fully understood this. There is a reverend mother with the Fremen, and she seems to be able to talk with Jessica as though she is Bene Gesserit. However, it is also implied that she is ...
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What is the endgame of the Bene Gesserit?

As in: what did they want to achieve with their breeding programs and "learning how to learn"? Assuming that the Kwisatz Haderach was as they intended, what was next?
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Use compact protective field generator to attract sandworms instead of bulky tam-tam device

Why should one carry bulky device to attract a sandworm? It is much easier to carry several (very compact and very basic, simple) shield generators. Set one and wait for the sandworm. Edit: https://en....
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Where did people think the Spice came from before they knew about the Sandworm life cycle?

From memory, the Fremen knew that the sandworms were the source of the spice melange but until the arrival of planetogist Pardot Kynes nobody else knew and this knowledge did not become widespread ...
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Did the Bene Gesserit try to follow the Golden path after the death of the god-emperor?

Only the Bene Gesserit perceive the Golden Path and are therefore faced with a choice: keep to their traditional role of hidden manipulators who quietly ease tensions and guide human progress while ...
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Where was the Shield Wall brought down?

At the end of the first Dune book, the Paul Atreides and the Fremen attack Arrakeen. They bring down part of the Shield Wall using Atomics in order to be able to ride worms to the city. I tried to ...
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In Dune, how is the spice mélange used for space travel?

I've read parts of the book and seen both David Lynch's and Denis Villeneuve's films, but I've not seen a concrete description of how exactly mélange enables space travel. The David Lynch film ...
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Why don't the sandworms attack outworlder cities in Arrakis?

I recently watched Denis Villeneuve's version of Dune. It is mentioned that the sandworms are always attracted to artificial vibrations. I remember the books also mentioning multiple times that ...
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How would the Bene Gesserit get their hands on worm bile?

According to fandom.com Dune wiki, the way a Bene Gesserit trainee becomes a Reverend Mother is by transmuting the Water of Life, being the bile of a young sandworm Now, for the Fremen's own use, for ...
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What degenerative disease did the Baron have?

(Spoilers for various Dune books) In the Dune Encyclopedia entry for it is said that she infects with a degenerative disease which can be covered up by What was the disease?
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Why did House Atreides have to give up Caladan, while the Harkonnens were allowed to stay on Geidi Prime while also controlling Arrakis?

In the first Dune book, we see House Atreides pack up and move permanently to Arrakis, even though they clearly have deep ties to Caladan. We also learn that the Harkonnens were allowed to maintain ...
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Did the Sardaukar used to be prisoners?

It's rather a long time since I've read the Dune books and when listening to the Sardaukar Chant, I remembered something of the Sardaukar being from a prison planet and started to check their origin. ...
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Liet-Kynes's imperial name

In Dune (the book), Liet-Kynes is a kind of spiritual leader of the Fremen. The Fremen call him Liet, and the imperials (including Harkonnen and Atreides) call him Dr Kynes. Only the Fremen know that ...
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Do any Thinking Machine remnants ever get "dug up", post-Butlerian Jihad, in the Dune universe?

The prohibition on the creation of Thinking Machines in the background of the Dune universe is well understood. However from those titles that I have read, the prime reason for this seems to be writen ...
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Why aren't shield piercing projectile weapons used on a massive scale? [closed]

In the Dune 2021 we see Duncan Idaho being shot at with a projectile weapon. He had to use his sword to pry the projectile off his shield. But imagine a dozen of those projectiles working their way ...
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Is there a faction using the Lasgun / Shield reaction?

Just rewatched the new Dune movie and had to explain to a friend why melee combat is a thing. I then started wondering: this could very well be used as an offensive weapon. Emphasis by me: Lasguns ...
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Why is the Baron bathing in a dark liquid?

Why is Baron Harkonnen bathing in a dark liquid? My guess is that the liquid can heal him after the attempt on his life.
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In Villeneuve’s Dune, Pt. 1, is Dr. Liet-Kynes her mother?

Is Dr. Liet-Kynes… Kynes is introduced and essentially killed before With Kynes’ story over, it seems there’s no point in the film adaptation to make the connection; although admittedly this might ...
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Why were the Harkonnen risking using a lasgun to shoot down Idaho's ornithopter?

Were the Harkonnen using lasguns in the new Dune movie to try and shoot down Duncan? It looked like they were shooting lasguns at Duncan as he escaped at one point in the movie. Wouldn't this create ...
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Why would the Emperor send his personal troops to help the Harkonnen?

I have just seen the new Dune movie (2021) and I really liked it, but I do not understand the Emperor's actions completely. Note that I have not read any of the books, and I still wish to more-or-less ...
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Is there canonical evidence in the first 6 books that Dune takes place in 10191?

I hear the year 10191 thrown around a lot for when Dune is set. I do not remember that exact number coming up, or if it did it was a BG (before Guild) year, not CE (our time) year. So I'm wondering if ...
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Has the (Dune universe) Solari ever been represented physically?

I wanted to design a Solari note, but I'm wondering if the Solari has ever been represented physically in any other official Dune-related media.
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What was the black spider creature in Villenueve's Dune, Part One?

There is a scene where the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam meets secretly with Barron Harkonnen and his mentat, Piter de Vries, to demand that Jessica and Paul be left unharmed. At the start of the ...
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Why didn't they notice the invasion in Dune?

I just saw the Dune: Part 1 movie, and haven't read the books at all. In the movie, there's an invasion on the Arrakis planet, that seemed to come from nowhere. In the movie they mentioned some ...
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Where is House Ordos in the 2021 movie Dune?

Back in the 90s, I used the play the Dune 2 RTS computer game, and I recall there being three houses: Atreides (blue), Harkonnen (red) and Ordos (green) (along with an unplayable Emperor). But in the ...
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