An overview of Dune: novels, movies / series and games

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” – from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

Welcome to my dedicated overview of Dune page. As the release of the film adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s legendary novel is less than a year away I thought it a great idea to write down everything I know about my favorite novel. Within this set of dedicated pages I intend to go deeply into the lore, influences and adaptations that Dune has spawned.

There are several dedicated pages available, please follow the links below to check them out.

I hope you will enjoy this content. If you have comments or questions, then please use the discussion forum for Dune.

An overview of Dune

Frank Herbert’ Dune is a timeless classic. First released in 1965, it is a seminal science fiction work that has defined the genre. Dune is thematically very strong with exposition in religion, ecology and philosophy. They are used as a meta for character development as is the eponymous planet.

Dune is set in a world in which computers are banned after a war over ten thousand years in humanities past. This premise is a meta for all science fiction works preceding it. Most works from the decades before the release of Dune focused too much on a single piece of technology, at the expense of character development.

The first time I read Dune was in 2001. I had been considering reading the novel for some time. The first time after playing the 1998 game Dune 2000 developed by Westwood Studios. In 2000 the Dune miniseries was released which led to even more impetus to read the novel – before I eventually did.

Dune concept art of Bene Gesserit by Simon Goinard

That Dune experience

Dune literally blew my mind away. I had never experienced such a moment of personal growth as I did with reading Dune. It was an experience I would feel again mere months later when I read God-Emperor of Dune. Frank Herbert’s work is such very important to me because it had such a powerful formative effect. Few authors can come close. I can only think of Dan Simmons, Alastair Reynolds and Kim Stanley Robinson as having an equal effect, and I read their work only after Dune.

I am of course not the only one who feels the same. Dune has been an inspiration for many. Dune spawned a series of books written by Frank Herbert before his death in 1986 and recently by his son Brian Herbert and Sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson. Dune was adapted for film as well as for TV, saw a half dozen video games released and was inspiration for stories such as The Incal which would itself be the foundation for The Fifth Element.

Before the Dune adaptation by Denis Villeneuve is released on December 18th I want to explore Dune to its fullest. Understand its meaning, its subtext and what Dune has meant for others and how it is portrayed.