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

‘Dune’ Movie 1984 – Should You Watch It?

Denis Villeneuve’s new big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ is scheduled to release in October 2021. That gives you time to spice-up your ‘Duniverse’ knowledge for the new movie. The first thing to do is read Frank Herbert’s award-winning book, this is world-building at it’s finest. If you haven’t read it recently, read it … 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