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There are a couple of influences at work here. The first, and simplest, is that the Emperor was subject to the decisions of the Landsraad, even though he sat on the High Council. The combined might of the Great Houses posed a significant threat to the Padishah Emperor, so he had to avoid angering the Landsraad enough to motivate the Great Houses to unite ...


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Fenring is indeed the Emperor's closest friend, and it is mentioned that it was out of friendship that Fenring refuses the order: The second major evidence of the Count's friendship was negative. He refused to kill a man even though it was within his capabilities and my father commanded it. I will relate this presently. -"Count Fenring: A ...


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Pardot Kynes, the Imperial Planetologist noticed that too. “Water overshadows the other problems,” Kynes said. “This planet has much oxygen without its usual concomitants—widespread plant life and large sources of free carbon dioxide from such phenomena as volcanoes. There are unusual chemical interchanges over large surface areas here.” Dune ...


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If we take the Dune Encyclopedia as a source of information, then we learn that the reality is that Navigators (and their accompanying Steersmen) are bred by the Spacing Guild solely for the purpose of navigating ships. They serve their culture because that's literally the reason for their existence. DNA recombination produced Guildsmen who were ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the term is never explicitly explained in Dune/EU canon (including Dune Encyclopedia), nor on Wiki and other Dune resources. It is a typical mishmash of "European-Indo-Slavic" language roots that characterize Galach language and Imperial institutions overall, in the case mostly seemingly French and German and Latin roots. ...


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The tripod is truly the weakest political structure The balance of power in a political tripod is only stable as long as everyone wants to win and all players would rather prefer the status quo to a high risk game. In game theory this is the typical situation for board games with 3 players, where only one player will win the game. The two weaker players ...


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What the Bene Gesserit sought was a man who could see far into the future, and predict the course that needed to be taken to achieve outcomes beneficial to the Bene Gesserit order. In a way, that is exactly what they obtained. However, the Bene Gesserits were blinded by their own arrogance. They truly believe that they are wise enough to decide what is ...


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The Emperor was very, very paranoid about the status of House Corrino. He was the emperor, yes, but Leto was his cousin, also of noble birth, and Leto was vastly more popular than anyone else at the time in the Landsraad. Leto was the unofficial spokesman of the Landsraad, in fact, their "highest position". That alone sent Shaddam into fits, someone who ...


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By killing the sandworms that make the spice; he did this by placing the Water of Life above a pre-spice mass. Specifically, from Book III (just after Chani wakes Paul from his water-of-life-induced coma): Paul took a deep breath, said: “Mother, you must change a quantity of the Water for us. We need the catalyst. Chani, have a scout force sent out … ...


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There are literally dozens of mentions of the lips of various spice-using characters in original six books of the Dune series by Frank Herbert, short stories and follow-on books by Brian Herbert. Lips are licked, curled, pursed, pouted, patted, parted and wetted on a nearly clockwork basis but none of these mentions are accompanied by any suggestion that the ...


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The incident occurred a few pages earlier. Paul, now officially a man, is riding the worm and says they go south. Stilgar asks what will happen if he says otherwise. Paul insists and Stilgar takes this as a challenge to his authority. A tribe can't have two leaders. You are mudir of the sandride this day,’ Stilgar said. Cold formality rang in his voice. ‘...


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You actually have the answer in your question. Three legs together are very stable, yes, and two sides will act to balance out the third. In Dune, there are three groupings that keep one side from taking all the power: The Emperor and the Landsraad keep the Guild from becoming too powerful The Landsraad and the Guild keep the Emperor from becoming too ...


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The Bene Gesserit did not order Jessica to bear "a" daughter, but to bear "only" daughters. Gaius Mohiam tells Jessica; "You were ordered to only bear daughters for the Atreides." There are several reasons for this: a male born just one generation out from the BG's target for the Kwisatz Haderach was a potential wild-card, much as Count Fenring had himself ...


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The whole Sonic weapon thing was created for the movie. In the books, Prana-bindu training gave the practitioners incredible control over their muscles and nerves, allowing almost unbelievable application of physical skills, including various martial arts. It was referred to by the Fremen as the 'Weirding Way' of battle, but, in effect, that was just a ...


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It's not that the Baron doesn't want to watch them die, it's that he wants plausible deniability as to the reason and manner of their deaths. He wants to be able to stand in the presence of the Truthsayer and say "I didn't kill the boy or the woman and I didn't order their deaths" and for it to be the strict truth. By using a proxy (Piter) he allows himself ...


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Short Answer: He was breaking a few eggs to make an omelet. Long Answer: Once Paul and the Fremen had control of Arrakis, Paul took steps to confirm that he had the universe by the short 'n' curlies from two different angles: Economically, Politically, Once he had a firm grip on the big chair, he then began enacting his plans on a grand scale. Spoilers, ...


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As noted in the Dune books, melange looks and smells much like cinnamon so "spice" would be an obvious name for it. Out-of-universe, I always assumed Frank Herbert wanted to suggest something exotic and precious, as spices were in medieval Europe. There is a fascinating discussion of medieval use of spices here. Spices were highly prized and very expensive:...


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I can only make an somewhat educated guess about the following, but given the nature of the statement, it’s unlikely that there is anybody who can make a more substantiated claim about this: First of all, Duncan Idaho was revived due to being a fan favourite. Wikipedia provides a reference for this, which I cannot access to confirm this, but probably ...


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The Bene Gesserit are unsurpassed at intrigue and manipulation, so it is safe to assume that there is much more to her words than their surface meaning implies. The test of the gom jabbar is a test of will-power and discipline. Even with one's life at stake, it takes strong self-control to deliberately endure agonizing pain. The test is normally reserved ...


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Ok, to take them in sequence: Why is the gom jabbar seldom administered to males by the Bene Gesserit? Simple; Bene Gesserit are females; they use men, but men aren't trained as Bene Gesserit. Some are trained to serve, but never become 'sisters'; the upper levels, after all, are supposed to be impossible / inaccessible to them. It COULD be administered ...


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They didn't. They're actually pretty clear about that throughout the text, and it comes up again, in different ways, later in the series, when Leto II is enforcing his Golden Path: they are not engaging in specific actions expecting a guarantee of a specific outcome. "Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere." Instead, they're ...


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I would recommend the following rough order: Herbert's Dune trilogy (main timeline), with 2 chronologically-inserted Anderson books from "Heroes of Dune" interquel and couple of KA/BH short stories: Dune (FH) Paul of Dune "The Road to Dune" short story (FH) Dune Messiah (FH) The Winds of Dune Children of Dune (FH) Road to Dune set (2005, not related to FH'...


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I have never seen the series, but it sounds like it is closer to the novels than the 1984 movie ever was. The movie did not stick very closely to the original novel at all. In the novel: Due to his genetic heritage and the spice he is consuming, he is prescient. I would not go as far as saying he is omniscient, but as he can look into the immediate ...


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I started with the Brian Herbert wikipedia article's references section. There are a lot of sources here but here are the ones I think are the most significant. First there's this archived blog post by Kevin J. Anderson where you could see those disk : To the left, I'm posting copies of the actual IBM diskettes containing the files, with the labels "...


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The Emperor was very, very paranoid about the status of House Corrino. He was the emperor, yes, but Leto was his cousin, also of noble birth, and Leto was vastly more popular than anyone else at the time in the Landsraad. Leto was the unofficial spokesman of the Landsraad, in fact, their "highest position". That alone sent Shaddam into fits, someone who was ...


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I can't find a literal translation or a quote from Herbert explaining exactly what it means. The only mention I can find is from Dune Genesis where he said: The scarce water of Dune is an exact analog of oil scarcity. CHOAM is OPEC. OPEC of course is the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. My very rough attempt at a translation based on ...


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No-one notified them. It was a "mentat projection" (viz. a guess) by Hawat, based on the following facts; The Harkonnen wouldn't have given up the planet if they didn't have a plan to take it back “The Harkonnens took ten billion solaris out of here every three hundred and thirty Standard days.” A muted gasp ran around the table. Even the younger aides,...


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No. Only someone with prescience, the experience of past lives, and total control over their metabolism could have become a worm-human hybrid. No sandtrout had ever before encountered a hand such as this one, every cell supersaturated with spice. No other human had ever before lived and reasoned in such a condition. Delicately Leto adjusted his enzyme ...


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Duncan went to live with the Fremen in Stilgar's sietch before the Atreides first arrived on Arrakis. When the Harkonnen attacked, Idaho had already spent some time with the Fremen and came to know and respect them. I don't have my book handy, but I don't think Herbert gives any dates for how long the Atreides are on Arrakis before the Harkonnen attack. We ...


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Dune was originally published as two shorter serialised novels called Dune World and The Prophet of Dune, and I know of no evidence to suggest that Herbert was already planning any other sequels at that time. So Dune was originally a two-part novel rather than a trilogy, and both parts are contained in the novel now published as Dune.


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