Dune: more than sandworms and spice
Dune is a fascinating world created by Frank Herbert. It is easy to become engrossed in the story. The author does an amazing job of weaving modern science and technology into the Dune world. One example is the ability of female members of a sect to access memories of past members, which echoes the passing of specific genetic material from a mother to her offspring via mitochondrial DNA. Dune was published in 1960, mitochondrial DNA was discovered in 1963. Another example is the missionaria protectiva, the creation of myths sent out to seed other worlds to prepare them for the Benne Gesserit and how stories, even misinformation, gain momentum and may not remain in the control of the originator.
Frank Herbert’s inventive use of words add depth to the story and descriptions. The words to describe the world, the technology, societies and philosophies are incentive enough to read the series. A few examples:
- majordomo, has a specific meaning in the southwest that references water
- the word axolotl which is a real animal, a unique amphibian
- Tleilaxu and gom jabbar, words created by the author
- Dune Messiah
- Children of Dune
- God Emperor of Dune
- Heretics of Dune
- Chapterhouse: Dune
The first three audiobooks in the series: Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune are available from Next Search Catalog libraries. The last three: God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune are available via ILL or other audiobook outlets.
Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world by Hari Kunzru. Article published July 3, 2015 in The Guardian. free access, read article without registering or signing up for anything
Review of 2021 Dune movie by Peter Bradshaw. Review published on October 20, 2021 in The Guardian. free access, read article without registering or signing up for anything