frank herbert

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    Adopted language theory in Herbert's Dune

    Hi, all, how is it going? If you read Dune Chronicles, you probably remember an idea said out by Herbert: people adopt language of the power they are following. I was thinking about it for some time and decided that it's fair - if you listen to the people attentively, you may notice them using...
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    Dune ... Interplanetary combat.

    I saw the re-make of Dune last year. When Harkonens invade Dune I saw something was off: there were no planetary defense platforms, and I don't recall any being mentioned on the book either. Having orbital platforms seems the most obvious way to defend from an invasion, even if all combat has...
  3. J-Sun

    Favorite Frank Herbert Books?

    I can't believe a poll like this hasn't been done before, but I couldn't find one after a quick search. This poll lists all his novels except collaborations and posthumous books and all his collections which appeared in both the US and UK prior to his death. All are SF novels unless otherwise...
  4. J-WO

    Possible Hole In Dune's Plot/World-building

    ...and I'm happy to be corrected. The thought just popped in my head after I saw the new movie again the other day. In the novel I recall the fremen are happy to sacrifice themselves as individuals if it'll wipe out a load of Harkonnen enemies. I also recall that lasers aren't used all that...
  5. Elckerlyc

    Dune - Preferable edition?

    My 1974 paperback copy of Dune is falling apart. Total disintegration is imminent. I need a new copy, because life without Dune on my bookshelf is unthinkable. Unimaginable. Unbearable. My old copy - what is left of it - is in Dutch. However, I decided that my new copy should be in English. But...
  6. BigHappy

    What is so good about Dune?

    When hearing that Dune is labelled as the best science fiction book of all time, I immediately started reading it, expecting it to be brilliant from what I’ve read in reviews. But I’m about 400 pages in and struggle to see why people like this book so much, and what makes it one of the best...
  7. Toby Frost

    References in Dune?

    Three random thoughts: Firstly, Melange is a spice that prolongs life. A "melange" is a blend or variety of other things. So, is Herbert making a pun on variety being the spice of life? Secondly, in his role as desert prophet, Paul surprises his enemies by blowing up a mountain and attacking...
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    Isaac Asimov or Frank Herbert, Who is Greater?

    Which then is the greater in terms of their impact and influence upon Science fiction not only literature but all other mediums as well. Foundation or Dune ?:) And which of them do you think , is the better overall writer?:) Thoughts ?
  9. Venusian Broon

    Interview with Frank Herbert 1969

    This just popped up on my youtube feed. I thought other Dune fans would like to hear the creator talk a bit about it, so I'm sharing it here. He is about to publish Dune Messiah as he is talking. I found it very interesting.
  10. Brian G Turner

    Dune Messiah

    I really didn't like Dune Messiah. It felt disjointed and directionless, which most chapters being nothing more than characters in a room talking about nothing much of substance. Any sense of conflict tended to be vague: Paul thought he could see the future, only to be surprised by everything...
  11. Vince W

    Frank Herbert by Timothy O'Reilly

    I'm surprised (especially in myself) this hasn't been mentioned already, but Timothy O'Reilly (yes that Tim O'Reilly) wrote a biography of Frank Herbert that was published in 1981 by Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc. as part of their Ungar's Recognitions series. This is no critical biography...
  12. Vince W

    Dune Film/TV Comeback

    Legendary films has acquired the rights to Dune. Legendary Entertainment Acquires Rights to Frank Herbert’s Classic Sci-Fi Novel Dune | Legendary Could a new Dune adaptation be in our foreseeable future?
  13. Stephen Palmer

    Amazing Dune art...

    Check out these wonderful envisionings of Dune…
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    Whipping Star-Frank Herbert

    Whipping Star Frank Herbert Tor, Jan 20 2009, $14.95 ISBN: 0765317753 In the future mankind has met several alien species; forging the ConSentiency alliance to govern interrelationships. However, to control the dictatorship of perfect democracy run by bureaucrats, a top secret agency was...
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    Chapterhouse: Dune-Frank Herbert

    Chapterhouse: Dune Frank Herbert Ace, Aug 2009, $25.95 ISBN: 9780441017218 In the past twelve years (since the HERETICS OF DUNE), the Honoured Matres have devastated the Bene Gesserit to the point their adversaries are nearing extinction; their last enclave is a slowly changing Chapterhouse...
  16. Vince W

    Guardian Article on Dune's 50th Anniversary

    I don't know how I missed this: Dune deserves more attention on it's 50th than it seems to be getting.
  17. Brian G Turner

    Dune series: worth reading?

    I really love Frank Herbert's Dune, but for some reason I've never really felt tempted to read the rest of the series. Dune felt like a complete novel in its own way, so I guess I have a stubborn resistance to continuing, in case it upsets my view of the first book. Now I wonder if I'm just...
  18. SpanishMill

    Dune, book editions

    I need some help identifying the pub date of my "Book Club Edition". There is a gutter code "T16" and the only sources for gutter codes I have been able to find online are for mostly doubleday publising... which if I follow that table, T16 translates to April 1978. Is this correct??? Some pics...
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    Research: Frank Herbert's DUNE

    Hello all, I'm a library science graduate student conducting a book history study of Frank Herbert's original Dune novel, specifically its reception among readers over time. If you could take just a few minutes to thoughtfully answer the several questions below I would be so grateful! Your...
  20. TL Rese

    new frank herbert novel

    over the wkend, i saw this on kevin j. anderson's blog and wasn't quite sure what to make of it: so thought i'd post this thread to see if i could get some answers. apparently, one of frank herbert's bottom-drawer novels, "high-opp", is now being...