A science-fiction novel often offers a futuristic story. It typically features advanced technology and new ideas in weapons, medical research and such.
Dune gives a little bit far different story. It brings not only technology but also ecology, politics, and religion.
You’ll be brought to a world set 20.000 in the future. The year is around 10.191, AG. It takes place in quite a distance time and location.
The story is quite similar to what was happening in Iraq in the 1970s — a country with a great oil resource.
You’ll probably notice the characters use Middle Eastern names or dress.
A Glimpse of Dune Book
Human beings have traveled and took over planets all through the universe.
Duke Leto of the House of Atreides is about to depart from Caladan.
He’ll be working as the governor of a deserted planet, Arrakis. There live gigantic sandworms.
It’s a planet with almost no water source. But it has plenty of spice melange.
The spice is said to have some substance with remarkable values. It tastes like cinnamon.
It enhances life and allows you to move at the speed of light to travel the universe.
Those who control the spice control the universe.
Paul is Duke Leto’s son. He’s a gifted and the leader of a rebellion group.
He’s trying to take his revenge to people who killed his father.
Reasons Why Should Read Dune
Dune is not a typical sci-fi story in general. It doesn’t come with just spaceships or computers.
I will say it’s a genuine work of literature. It’s a rich sci-fi wrapped in political intrigue.
It’s a comprehensive story about the universe.
If you finish reading this book, you’ll get something new to learn when you read it a few years later or so.
Quotes from dune
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful
Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place
Dune spice quotes
We must totally destroy all spice production on Arrakis. The Guild and the entire Universe depends on spice. He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.
A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind
Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won’t attract the worm. It will go to the thumper
Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the whirlwind follows.
We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose.
Just as individuals are born, mature, breed, and die, so do societies and civilizations and governments.
Dune movie quotes
The slow blade penetrates the shield.
A world is supported by four things … the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing … without a ruler who knows the art of ruling.
Respect for the truth is the basis for all morality. Something cannot emerge from nothing.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
I must not let my passion interfere with my reason. That is not good. That is bad.
In shield fighting, one moves fast on defense, slow on attack. Attack has the sole purpose of tricking the opponent into a misstep, setting him up for the attack sinister. The shield turns the fast blow, admits the slow kindjal!
There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.
In the beginning, nobody wanted to print Frank Herbert’s Dune. Over 20 publisher had rejected it.
Now, Dune had been sold over 20 million copies. And it’s been translated into 10 more different languages.
You can compare Herbert’s work other sci-fi stories. And you’ll understand why Dune—perhaps has become one of the greatest science fiction.