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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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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 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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Dune: Appendix III Who/What controlled the higher dimensional plan?

Appendix III: Report on the Bene Gesserit Motives and Purposes On the surface it would seem that the Golden Path of Leto II was that plan and he was in charge, but he was not alive during the Arrakis ...
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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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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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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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What is the most complete version of David Lynch's Dune film?

The 1984 "Dune" film by David Lynch is said to have multiple cuts, many of which add back deleted scenes that weren't in the theatrical release. Altogether, I think the "complete" film would be ...
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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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Why were the Atreides guarded so weakly?

From them moment Shaddam IV ordered him to Arrakis, Duke Leto knew that it was a trap. He was even aware that there was a traitor in their ranks. Nevertheless when the Duke was attacked by he didn't ...
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Muad'Dib vs. Mahdi

When the Atreides arrive on Arrakis, there are a number of instance where the Fremen call Paul Mahdi. While I realise that Mahdi is Arabic for guided one, I can't help but wonder at its close ...
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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 doesn't the Emperor control Dune (Arrakis) himself?

I finally decided to read Dune as I have never read a book from that series. I immediately had a question. Why doesn't the Emperor control Dune (Arrakis) himself? Why does he let houses control it? As ...
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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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Why does Duke Leto have a pug?

In the 1984 Dune film adaptation, Duke Leto Atreides possesses a pug (a dog) that appears in several scenes. At one point, Gurney Halleck, as portrayed by Patrick Stewart carries it into battle. I don'...
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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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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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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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Why didn't Paul Maud'Dib marry Chani Kynes?

From the last pages of Dune and right after Hasimir Fenring restrains himself from killing the emperor for having cuffed Fenring viciously across the jaw: Paul cleared his throat, said: "We were ...
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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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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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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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Dune: Are Bene Gesserit abilities "magical/supernatural", or natural in-universe?

Specifically, I’m wondering if Bene Gesserit have actual “magic” (supernatural) abilities with their words, or if it’s simply psychological tricks using inflection, tone, and specific words. Gesserit ...
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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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Change of Fremen mourning color in Dune series

Recently, while re-reading the original Dune series for the umpteenth time, something caught my attention. In the first book green is the color of mourning among the Fremen: "Chani came down the ...
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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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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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How do the Fremen make plastic?

In Frank Herbert's book Dune, much of the Fremen's technology is based on plastic. For example, still suits and dew collectors are both plastic items, as are the tents the Fremen use. On Earth, ...
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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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How was Duncan with Paul at Sietch Tabr?

There is something that has been bothering me in God Emperor of Dune. When the new Duncan arrives and is taken to meet Leto II, Leto says: "When we climbed to Sietch Tabr for the last time together, ...
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What did Leto do to earn the enmity of the Padishah Emperor?

Leto Atreides seemed an open and honorable man. Yet the Padishah Emperor conspired with House Harkonnen to deliberately betray Leto, and destroy House Atreides. Why?
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Why is it called an axolotl tank?

Early in the book Dune Messiah, the readers are introduced axolotl tanks, which are tanks that can reproduce livings beings (at least according to the Wiki). Why are they referred to as this. Axolotls ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Did Paul Atreides have an unusually small hand?

At age 15, Paul Atreides was tested by the Bene Gesserit to test whether he was human: From the folds of her gown, she lifted a green metal cube about fifteen centimeters on a side. She turned it and ...
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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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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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What was the inspiration for Frank Herbert's 'Litany Against Fear' in Dune?

Does anyone know if there was some inspiration behind the 'Litany against Fear' in Dune? Perhaps some philosopher or ancient proverb? If there is no primary inspiration, were there any fundamental ...
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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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How costly was space travel in the world of Dune?

It is clear that spice was costly and that the Guild Navigators used large quantities of it: Herbert notes in Children of Dune that the geriatric properties of melange had been "first noted by ...
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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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