What is a Mentat? The Human Super-computers of ‘Dune’

Thufir Hawat

Most science fiction of the 1950s and 60s contain a few standard ingredients: starships, advanced computers, interstellar travel and intelligent robots. One of the most popular examples of this was Isaac Asimov’s novel ‘I, Robot’ which was published as a compellation of short stories in 1950. It contains intriguing and downright disturbing of stories of … Read more

What Is the Kwisatz Haderach? The Messiah Figure of ‘Dune’

Paul Atreides

World-building science fiction novels often include a glossary of unique names and terms. Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ is no exception. In fact, ‘Dune’ may have more than most, but this only underscores the depth of Herbert’s creation. One of the central themes of this masterpiece of the imagination is the messiah archetype in the form of … Read more

What is the Bene Gesserit? The Witches of ‘Dune’

I read Frank Herbert’s novel ‘Dune’ in 1984, shortly before the original David Lynch film was released. At age 14, I hadn’t read a lot of science fiction. I was totally blown away. The depth of world-building and interwoven plot lines was awe-inspiring. If you are looking forward to the new Denis Villeneuve 2-film version … Read more

What is the Ornithopter? The Spice Harvesting Tech of ‘Dune’

‘Dune’ is one of the best selling science fiction novels of all time with over 20 million copies sold in a dozen languages. It was made into a feature film in 1984 by director David Lynch (‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Eraserhead’) and a Syfy television miniseries in 2000. Denis Villeneuve (‘Arrival’, ‘Sicario’) has directed a new … Read more

DUNE TALK: Early Box Office and Audience Reviews

Dune: Part One has officially premiered in theaters of 26 territories and is off roaring start at the box office—exceeding 37M following the weekend—outperforming the opening of most top movies this year. On this week’s Dune Talk, the crew analyze the film’s early financials and dive into the exuberant audience reactions and media coverage coming … Read more

DUNE TALK: Surprising Dune Movie Footage and Interviews

Our tenth Dune Talk show! We dive into new footage from the movie—including behind-the-scenes clips—and fresh interviews, as cast and director continue their press tour. “The Royal Houses” video makes a great introduction to Dune for newcomers, while offering new visuals for us to analyze. We also discuss the recent appearance of Denis Villeneuve and … Read more

DUNE TALK: Special Edition – Venice Film Festival

Dune Talk Show

Join us for a special edition of Dune Talk show, dedicated to the world premiere of Dune: Part One at the Venice Film Festival and the critics reviews. We are joined by returning special guest Mark (from DuneInfo), as we break down the critics’ commentaries, viewer reactions, and what they all mean for the success of … Read more