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How far does 'The Known Universe' extend?

In the Dune series, have humans colonized planets in galaxies other than the Milky Way?
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How were the narcotic effects of Spice discovered?

In the Dune series Arrakis is said to be the only source of the spice, and the spice is the only reason people would go to Arrakis- so one wonders where someone got the idea to go to a planet regarded ...
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Was Leto really gunning for the Emperor's throne?

In an answer from a previous question, the Padishah Emperor conspired against the Atreides because he saw Leto as a threat to his reign- but were the Emperor's suspicions justified?
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Did the Fremen ever reinstate mortal combat to become Naib after Muad'Dib became the Mahdi?

To become the Naib of a sietch a Fremen they must call out the current Naib via the tahaddi challenge and kill them in mortal combat. Muad'Dib refused to kill Stilgar, Naib of his steich, when asked ...
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How did the Bene Gesserit reach Jessica and the Fremen unnoticed?

In the film version of Dune, as the Reverend Mother is dying, the Bene Gesserit finds Jessica with the Fremen and gets her to drink the water of life. How did they reach Arrakis, track her down and go ...
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1st Draft of Dune with a different plot

I remember reading about a decade ago a hard back book that included an earlier draft of Dune by Herbert which featured much less of the political and religious aspects associated with the work and ...
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Why “In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures”?

In Dune, Frank Herbert writes that "In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures", in reference to the dominant power structure in the book: Guild, Imperial House, and Landsraad. I'...
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Melange Effect on Humans

It has never really been clear to me what Melange consumption is supposed to produce exactly. A navigator takes the stuff and gets extraordinary powers. Paul takes the stuff and becomes a God. The ...
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How does Arrakis maintain a breathable atmosphere without vegetation?

Arrakis (also known as "Dune") is an entirely desert planet that has had a sizable population of Fremen who have lived there for generations, in addition to numerous offworlders. Breathing of course ...
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What is the cause of Baron Harkonnen's pustules in 'Dune' (1984)?

In David Lynch's 1984 Dune film, the Baron Harkonnen's face is covered with pustules that his private physician attends to frequently. This concept was continued in the game Dune 2000, which based its ...
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Does the quote “The spice must flow” appear in the original Dune series?

I just finished reading Chapterhouse: Dune, so I read the whole original series. I can't remember the quote "The spice must flow." that appears in the Lynch's Dune. Is it the books? If so, in which ...
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Why do so many characters in Dune rub their temples?

In the 2000 mini-series of Dune, I noticed that two of the characters, specificly Muad'Dib (while talking to Lady Jessica, in the desert), and Baron Harkonnen (while talking to Emperor Shaddam) rub ...
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Does the first book of the Dune series describe what members of the Spacer guild look like? [duplicate]

I recently read the first Dune book, and I liked it. I knew there was some movie version of it and looked around and found a 1984 movie, and other that I think is a series from the year 2000. I haven'...
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Why do the Bene Gesserit need Noblemen's genes for their breeding program? Are there no better genes in the general populace?

Why is it important to the Bene Gesserit to use the blood of Noblemen in their Kwisatz Haderach breeding program? Are there no other (possibly better) candidates that they could obtain genetic ...
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What is the timeframe for Dune 2000/Battle for Dune?

I know that the video games Dune II/2000 and Battle for Dune are not considered canon with the 1984 movie, despite sharing props & overall look-and-feel. The games themselves do not mention the ...
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Why did the Emperor want the Atreides wiped out? [duplicate]

In the film version of Dune, (and the novel, AFAIK) the Padisha Emperor conspired with the Harkkonens to eliminate House Atreides- but why did he choose to do so?
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Severity of Spice addictiveness

We know that Melange is addictive and it's not a mere psychological addiction like in the case of Nicotine; where if you don't smoke it you feel nervous and generally unwell but you won't get ...
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Is Spice-Melange vegan? [closed]

In the Dune universe, Spice is organic in origin. It is extracted from the ground on Arrakis and therefore there is no direct contact between the humans and the sandworms involved in attaining the ...
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How powerful were the Fremen projectile weapons?

Projectile weapons are mentioned as being used by the Fremen in Dune: ...in spite of its unfamiliar shape--a projectile weapon.....a chorus of spring-clicks from the basin. Projectiles whined off ...
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How did Paul 'sterilize' ninety planets, and why?

It is mentioned in Dune Messiah that Muad'Dib's jihad resulted in the "sterilization" of a number of planets. “Very good, Stil.” Paul glanced at the reels in Korba’s hands. Korba stood with them ...
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Who was Did Paul Maud-Dib's Jihad conducted against and why did it happen? [duplicate]

Between Dune and Dune Messiah, Paul Maud-Dib's Fremen armies swept across the galaxy in a bloody Jihad. What I don't understand is who this Jihad was raged against. The key Harkonnen leaders were ...
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Is the mentat mantra in Frank Herbert's original Dune trilogy?

Is the mentat mantra beginning "It is by will alone that I set my mind in motion" from Frank Herbert? Or is it merely a movie addition? If it is in the books, which book(s) and chapter?
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How do the Melange Supply and Demand figures reconcile?

It has already been established that the typical dosage of “Spice” for a dependant user was approximately 2 grams per 70 kilograms of body mass per day. Of course for the drug to cause genetic changes ...
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Why did Gilbertus Albans choose Lampadas as the home planet of the Mentat School?

If Mentats are so smart... Why would the founder of the Mentat School, Gilbertus Albans, choose Lampadas as the school's home planet when It's also the home planet of Manford Torondo and the ...
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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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What was Irulan's role in the Kwisatz Haderach Breeding plan?

Specifically, what had Irulan's Bene Gesserit mother, Kwisatz mother Anirul Sadow-Tonkin Corrino, intended for her all daughter imperial Heiresses? If her plan was to marry the imperial heiress ...
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How did the Duke's men know that the Emperor would supply the Baron with Sardaukar?

I am reading Frank Herbert's "Dune". The Atreides have just moved to to Arrakis and are preparing for the attack of Harkonnen. They know the fact that Harkonnen forces will be extended with some ...
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Is Sietch Tabr the only sietch with a tau orgy?

In the first Dune book by Frank Herbert, is Sietch Tabr the only sietch with a Tau orgy? For the orgy, people have to drink the transformed Water of Life and only a Reverend Mother can transform the ...
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What was the typical dose of Spice-Melange?

What was the typical dose of spice that an off-worlder might take to experience its beneficial and euphoric effects? I don't mean someone like Piter DeVries, who obviously over-dosed, but a common ...
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Was Frank Herbert's use of Bene Gesserit in his plot ironic? [closed]

In Frank Herbert's Dune series what was the point of the Bene Gesserit in light of their motivations for existence and how their ultimate plans played out in the books? Does Herbert use their goals to ...
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Why do we see lightning when a sandworm breaches the surface?

The sight of a sandworm of Arrakis (Shai-Hulud) breaching the surface is usually accompanied by lightning. Is there any explanation given for this phenomenon? Is it supposed to be due to accumulation ...
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Is the Baron Harkonnen a mentat?

I remember reading that Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a mentat or some result of the BG breeding program. What exactly is he?
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In Dune Messiah, where were the “Tleilaxu weaknesses” in the plot against Paul

In Dune Messiah, we learn about the Tleilaxu practice of giving a victim of their plots a chance to escape- if they can find it. At the end of the book: So, what means of escape did Scytale intend ...
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What does The Butlerian Jihad's coverart depict?

The first book of Dune's prequel series depicts a sand worm, a classic motif of the Dune books. After reading the book, one thing kept bothering me. What is the object in the mouth of the sand worm? ...
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Sheeana and the prophesy of the new sandrider?

In the book Heretics of Dune, the Bene Gesserit and the Priesthood both believe that Sheeana confirms a prophesy from Leto II that a new sandrider would appear. Can someone point me to the specific ...
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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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Who was Holtzmann?

Inventions acclaimed to Holtzmann pretty much makes the world go round in the Dune universe. Holtzmann engines allow space-folder ships to move through dimensions. The Holtzmann effect is somehow ...
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Are The Lazarus Effect and Dune in the same universe?

There are similar aspects between Dune, and the technology in The Lazarus Effect. Noticeable similarities: Lasguns - this weapon exists in both of the books, and has similar architecture in both ...
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The second rise of the sandworm

In God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert, Leto states that when his 'metamorphosis' into a sandworm is complete, he will return to the sand. He goes on to say that the sandworms that would come from ...
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Why do only the 'little makers' produce the water of life?

In Dune by Frank Herbert, Sietch Tabr has a cave that contains a little-maker or stunted worm. This worm is surrounded by water so that it cannot escape. Paul decides to try and change the water of ...
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What is the nature of the Guild's superluminal travel?

In Frank Herbert's Dune, all faster-than-light travel is under the Spacing Guild's monopoly, leading to some interesting political situations. How do they travel through space? The miniseries made it ...
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What links are there between Dune and Force Awakens?

It has long been opined that the original Star Wars script drew inspiration from Frank Herbert‘s novel Dune, and apparently Lucas has acknowledged it. Most of these claims focus on the first movie, ...
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In Dune, what type of name is Chani?

Is is Jewish, Arabic, European etc? Does anyone know the origin of the name Chani?
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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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How do you pronounce planet Ix?

In Dune, Ix is the universe's Japan, creating gadgets of varying utility. How do people in Herbert's universe pronounce the name? Is it "Nine" and the inhabitants are "Nine-ians"? Or is it "Icks" ...
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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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In Dune was a D-Wolf a Dire Wolf?

In looking at this question What is a Dire Wolf I was amazed to learn that it was once real and subsequently became extinct. In God Emperor of Dune Frank Herbert introduces the D-Wolf Is there any ...
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Who introduced the Sandworms to Arrakis?

This question explores if the Sandworms are native to Arrakis, which we know to be untrue. This then raises a question. Who introduced the Sandworms to Dune? This question indicates how it may be ...
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Peerage and titles in Dune

In the Dune series, is there some method to the choice of ruler's titles on different planets, or is it random? For example, DUKE Atreides, BARON Harkonnen, VISCOUNT Moritani. Surely they all had the ...
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In Dune when is the year 10191?

The Wiki is claiming that the Dune Calendar starts with the Spacing Guild. Is this and their analysis accurate? If not then: Can we say by our calendar when is 10191 in the Dune universe?