Questions tagged [dune]

For questions about "Dune", a science fiction franchise which originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Use this tag for the franchise, universe and/or the novel.

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What age would an off-worlder start taking the spice Melange?

In the Dune series by Frank Herbert, at what age would people not from Arrakis (eg. Members of a Great House/aristocracy or the rich) start taking Melange? As it has geriatric properties to extend the ...
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What is the Bene Gesserit’s “message for humankind”?

In Chapterhouse Dune, one of the encyclopedia exposita entries at the beginning of a chapter is (boldface mine): Our household god is this thing we carry forward generation after generation: our ...
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How many men did Duke Leto have on Arrakis?

The Baron Harkonnen mounted a huge, planet-wide invasion to take down the Atreides. Based on accounts of different characters, there had been more than 2000 ships and tens of battalions of Sardaukar ...
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Had Frank Herbert planned out the Dune series when he wrote the first book?

One of the great things about Dune is the way it works well as a standalone story with a satisfactory ending that, while leaving room open for more, gives a sense of completion to the story. When he ...
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Was Herbert Influenced by Eric Frank Russell for the Buddhislamic faith?

I have occasionally wondered whether Frank Herbert might have been influenced by Eric Frank Russell. In The Great Explosion, reference is made to followers of a crank named Kassim who tried to ...
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Are the Chiss navigators a Dune reference?

In the Thrawn series, we learn that in order to navigate the hazards of the Unknown Regions, Chiss ships use special navigators that are Force Sensitive. This sounds very similar to another sci-fi ...
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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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Was the pain box from Dune the inspiration for the pain box in Phantasm?

In both Dune and Phantasm, a character must stick their hand into a box where they suffer searing agony which only releases them once they have accepted the pain and faced their fears. Is there any ...
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In the 2000 Dune miniseries, why are two characters bald and eyebrowless?

In the Frank Hebert’s Dune TV miniseries, there are two characters with no hair or eyebrows. One is a Spacing Guild representative, and the other is a non-speaking minor character, a young woman spy/...
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What is the most complete (extended) cut of 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 ...