Monday, 15 December 2014

Summer reading: The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert and The Science of Dune by Kevin Grazier (Ed.

Arguably one of the greatest science fiction epics to be produced, the 'Dune' saga now spans 20 novels, seven companion books, a film, and two mini series, as well as board and video games, original scores, numerous official short stories and thousands of pieces of fan fiction.

Set thousands of years into our future, the 'Dune' series opens with 14 year-old Paul Atreides, heir to House Atreides, relocating with his family to Arrakis, desert planet and source of the Galactic Empire's wealth: the melange spice, which allows humans to venture deep into space.

With deep political intrigue, theology, treachery, action, and sweeping descriptions of Arrakis, Herbert created one of the most exciting and ground-breaking sci-fi universes (Duniverse) in popular fiction, inspiring other franchises like 'Star Wars', Warhammer 40,000, and 'Babylon 5'.

If you've already read 'Dune' and were wondering about how realistic Herbert's ideas were, you may be interested in 'The Science of Dune'.  Could a melange spice-like substance give its users foresight, longer lives, or connect them with the souls of those who have gone before?  Could sandworms actually exist, and how? Are there desert planets like Arrakis? And what exactly is the gom jabbar There are answers to these questions and more in 'The Science of Dune', which is available from JCU Library as an eBook.

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