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What was Stilgar's 'Sietch name'?

Did Stilgar have a Sietch name? Was the fact he was a Naib mean he didn't need or use one? I don't recall other character being referred to with their Sietch name other than Muad'dib (Usul).
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Are the events from Frank Herbert's "Destination Void" and "Dune" meant to be in the same universe [duplicate]

It's a bit of a stretch, I know, but there are a few clues. First, the point of "Destination Void" is to create AI, which turns out to be AI has been outlawed in the "Dune" universe after the ...
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Are the Fremen cannibals?

I saw a debate recently on Facebook but can't find it now, I've searched in loads of FB forums looking for it since, someone (convincingly) spelled out step by step why the Fremen ate the meat of ...
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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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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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House Atreides: slave freeing good guys or family with an agenda?

In Dune and subsequent books we learn that Gurney and Duncan had been freed from Harkonnen slave camps etc and pledged loyalty to House Atreides. Did the Atreides see themselves as freedom fighting ...
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How did the Emperor know that Alia was Paul's sister?

In Dune how did the Emperor know that Alia was Paul's sister? No-one knew Jessica was pregnant, let alone had survived the Harkonnen attack on House Atreides. The Surdaukar that were captured and ...
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Why does Duke Leto have a pug?

In the 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't ...
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Why are Fremen children not all pre-born with prescience?

In the Dune saga (1st three books) why aren't Fremen children born with prescience or pre-born? I get that Chani was put on a high spice diet when pregnant but surely given that all adult Fremen have ...
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Harkonnen-Sardaukar casualty ratio discrepancy against the Fremen

"The Sardaukar are excellent fighting men, no doubt of it," the Baron said. "But I think my own legions — " "A pack of holiday excursionists by comparison!" Hawat ...
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What is the energy source for the spice-sandworm cycle? [duplicate]

The lifecycle of the Maker apparently contains stages when it produces spice (actually its precursor), and stage when it feeds on sand plankton, which are said to consume spice. Where is the source ...
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Do Navigators really fold space?

I did not read the original Dune, only the Bulgarian translation. It is strange, but in the Bulgarian translation, there was nothing about "folding space". Instead it was explained that the ...
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Is Alia kwisatz haderach as well?

If bene gesserit mothers were unable to unlock generic memory of their male predecessors, how Alia can possibly be possessed by Baron Harkonnen? Is Alia kwisatz haderach then? How is this possible, ...
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How did the Harkonnens gain stewardship of Arrakis?

If overseeing Arrakis and the extraction of spice is so prestigious, how did House Harkonnen gain the privilege of doing so? I'm asking about before their conspiracy with the Emperor.
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Why was Paul expected to kill/challenge Stilgar?

Why did the Fremen expect Paul to challenge Stilgar? Was it just because they saw him as more of a leader now than Stilgar, and it was Fremen custom to challenge the current leader so that he may rise ...
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If spice is necessary for space travel, how did humans get to Arrakis in the first place? [duplicate]

Self explanatory: In Dune, a central point is that the guild needs the spice melange for space travel. So how did humans get to Arrakis/Dune in the first place then?
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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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Why doesn't Paul end all spice production?

(Spoilers for the below are for the first and subsequent books in the Dune series) In the novel Dune and its first sequel (which is as far as I've read so far), the main objective of Paul-Muad'dib is ...
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During the Imperial Period how were the Butlerian Prescriptions Enforced.?

There are plenty of references in the Dune books about meeting the requirements imposed by the Butlerian Prescriptions, but very little about how they are enforced. Examples: A Richesian inventor ...
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What happened to Old Earth in the Dune saga?

There are several passages from the Dune series that hint that either Earth was forgotten and likely destroyed. The God-Emperor of Dune, Leto II, uses his genetic memory to recall ancient knowledge ...
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Why is it called the Orange Catholic Bible?

A frequently mentioned and important text in the Dune series is the Orange Catholic Bible. Having read the appendices for the first Dune, I understand why this book exists. However, I do not ...
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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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Did the big smuggling outfits operate interstellar vessels that were not controlled by the Spacing Guild?

A recent discussion reminded me of a friendly online argument I once had with another fan of Frank Herbert's Dune. This was at least twenty years ago, and it occurs to me that the disagreement was ...
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Where does the energy come from in the Dune ecosystem?

In Frank Herbert's Dune books, the planet Arrakis has an interesting and well thought-out alien ecology. As summarised in this answer, the sandworms eat sandplankton (which consists, at least in part, ...
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In Dune, what were the benefits of becoming a Guild Navigator?

The Spacing Guild plays a pivotal role in Dune media. Their monopoly on space travel makes them a rich and powerful part of the Known Universe. They use so-called Navigators as pilots for their ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

I was wondering: why aren't the Fremen worried about getting "degenerated" by taking the melange drug so as to the point do they become like the guild of navigators? At least in the first book.
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Why is sex such a prevalent theme in the latter Dune books?

I just finished reading through the original six Dune novels by Frank Herbert. I’ve read them before, but reading them back to back allowed me to notice a profound shift in theme. With the first three ...
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Why did Odrade not recognize the Weirding Way?

In the first chapter of "Chapterhouse: Dune", Darwi Odrade - now the Mother Superior of the Bene Gesserit - attempts to make sense of the new abilities Miles Teg had unlocked shortly before While ...
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Why would a pre-born have memories of death?

The pre-born of the Dune series have their ancestors memories up to the moment of the next generations' conception. This is stated many times throughout the books. Leto II, however, claims to know ...
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How much could spice extend a human life in Dune?

In the Dune series, spice is noted for its geriatric properties - the ability to extend human life well beyond the natural norm. In "God Emperor of Dune", Leto II reflects on that property: Without ...
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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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In Dune could anyone become a human-worm hybrid?

I was wondering if only the Kwisatz Haderach could interact with sand trout and become a human-worm hybrid or could anyone do it? I don't remember the process that Leto had to go through to become a ...
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What are the parameters and limitations of the ghola process?

Several times in the Dune franchise, we hear of the dead being resurrected via the "ghola" process of the Bene Tleilax. The process sounds very much like cloning, with the Dune wiki page for ghola (...
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How old is Stilgar in Children of Dune?

The answer for a question about Chani's lineage (here) revealed that Stilgar's sister is the grandmother of Chani. Given that Stilgar is generally depicted as a man in the prime of life, this got me ...
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Was Stilgar related to Chani on the paternal or maternal side?

In the original three Dune novels, it is mentioned numerous times that Stilgar - Naib of Sietch Tabr and Paul's Fremen mentor/friend - is uncle to Chani, Paul's wife. However, Chani is the daughter of ...
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Was Yueh considered an employee of the Atreides family or of the Imperium?

Doctor Wellington Yueh was the personal physician of Duke Leto Atreides, and ultimately the one to set the plot in motion by Much stock was placed in the fact that Yueh was a graduate of the Imperial ...
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How influential was Dune in the creation of Star Wars? [closed]

There are claims that Dune has been influential in, and an inspiration for the writing and creation of Star Wars. In what ways is that evidenced? Please give examples.
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Is the blink drive essentially 'folding space' like in Dune?

Although there are physical differences between the 'blink drive' used in the Dark Matter TV series and 'folding space' in Dune, are the concepts not basically the same?
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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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Why was Imperial Suk conditioning so highly regarding given this event? [duplicate]

In Dune, the Atreides family disregarded any evidence of Dr. Yueh being a traitor since he had been certified by Imperial Suk conditioning. This conditioning apparently ensured loyalty to the Emperor ...
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How did anyone know the headless body found in the desert was Fremen?

In the miniseries "Children of Dune", Paul asks Alia and the Duncan ghola to investigate a body found outside the city. The body had its head and hands removed to preclude identification as It is ...
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What does each emoji represent in this retelling of Dune?

In August 2016, actor Kyle MacLachlan tweeted the entire plot of Frank Herbert's Dune via emoji (MacLachlan played Paul Atreides in the 1984 film adaptation directed by David Lynch). While I ...
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Was Paul the only Mentat in the Atreides bloodline?

At the age of fifteen, Paul Atreides found that he had Mentat abilities - abilities which were enhanced by his mother's Bene Gesserit training and later proved pivotal in his role as Muad'Dib. His ...
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What role does money play in the (Corrino) Imperium?

Supposedly, the Galactic Imperium is feudal - economic resources, specifically land/planets, are held by noble houses who have relative monopoly over coercive force; and control of economic operations ...
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How do I get a copy of the extended version of the Dune movie?

So I have heard that there is a longer version of Dune - specifically, the 1984 David Lynch Dune - included some scenes that were edited out (roughly 2 scenes for each character were cut). How can I ...
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Was Baron Vladimir Harkonnen the only person in the Dune series with a flying suit?

Baron Harkonnen was so overweight that he requires anti-gravity devices known as suspensors to support his weight. Did anybody else have suspensors to help them ...
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How did Arrakis become a desert devoid of oxygen and then habitable again?

I'm just starting with the original novel but have an interest in desert planets so bear with me please. Per Wikipedia: It seems the sandworms are responsible for Arrakis becoming a desert planet: ...
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How did Yueh's betrayal influence the outcome of the attack against the Atreides?

Duke Leto was very well aware of how the attack against his house would take place. He even predicted the Sardaukar troups disguised as Harkonnen and that he would die. My question: Could the ...
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Why does Frank Herbert speak of multiple universes

While re-reading the whole original series, I noticed that at the end of God Emperor and repeatedly through Heretics, Frank Herbert speaks of multiple universes. Example 1: No Ixian machine can do ...
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Which of the Dune on screen adaptations is truer to the book, the movie or the miniseries? [closed]

I want to introduce my kids to Dune. They're not old enough to read the original book. Which would be more appropriate for them, the 80s movie or the more recent miniseries? Which follows the book ...

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