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  •  The "World" Herbert Builds Is Pretty Impressive (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not the biggest fan of the Dune series of books, but I think their appeal is largely predicated on the scope of the world Herbert builds & its eccentricities which touch in allegorical ways to real-world issues. (i.e. The spice = oil, the great houses = nations fighting & manipulating society to control oil, and the Fremen = a native population that wages a "holy" war against their occupiers).

    Dune's scale is one of the reasons movie & TV producers have had problems adapting the story.


    Just as exposition, the story has to set up:

    • The "Houses" (Atreides, Harkonnen, Corrino)
    • Their relationship to each other & the role of the Emperor of the Known Universe
    • What the "Spice" is, where it's located, and what it does.
    • The use of the Spice by the Spacing Guild & Bene Gesserit, what they do with the spice, their motivations, and their relationships & connections to the Houses & the Emperor.

    .....And that's all before ya even get into the main story with Paul.
    •  One important point ... (7+ / 0-)

      ... about the 1960's, when Dune was written.

      Oil is a dam' good metaphor, especially with Herbert's faux sufi-isms and arab-esques floating around the atmosphere.

      But LSD was being seriously studied in those days, plus was used and abused by growing thousands, then millions. We teens and post-teens thought we knew what "The Spice" really was.

      (Unfortunately, real scientists were soon forbidden to conduct actual studies of Psychedelics, so several generations have had to live with abuse instead.)

      Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

      by MT Spaces on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 06:52:05 PM PST

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