Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson’s Hunters of Dune (2006)

Heute sprechen wir über den siebten Roman der Dune Serie – mit einem Extra zu “The Mandalorian”

Dune, Die Ordensburg des Wüstenplaneten (1985)

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Frank Herbert, who carved the futuristic planet “Dune” from his fertile imagination, peopling it with diabolical bureaucrats plagued by paranoia and driven in a search for a life-prolonging chemical, is dead.
The science fiction writer, whose six-part galactic epics sold more than 12 million copies around the world, was 65.
Herbert, a former journalist whose science fiction novels grew out of a news story he wrote in 1958 about efforts to control shifting sand dunes on the wild Oregon coast, had cancer.
He discovered his illness late last year, said Jack Doughty, who had worked with him on newspapers in Seattle and San Francisco, and had been undergoing treatment at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison when he died Tuesday. He was reported to have died from a blood clot after surgery.
Although Herbert’s arid land came to be known as “Dune” to his millions of fans, the author had titled it Arrakis or Rakis and on it he placed a messianic protagonist named Paul Atreides, a mystical ruler of the nomadic Fremens. Atreides, drawn with overtones of an Arabian sheik (he would become Paul Maud’dib or prophet), had progeny who metamorphosed over several volumes into combinations of human beings and mammoth sand worms.
In a sequel, Atreides’ son, Leto, aided by melange, a spice (drug) that made both immortality and intergalactic travel possible, ruled thousands of years, while the most recent book in the series–“Chapter House: Dune”–dealt with a conspiratorial sisterhood manipulating the civilizations that came after.
Although his work was originally rejected by several publishers, Herbert lived long enough to see “Dune” made into what critics found a mundane but technically interesting motion picture while the royalties from his work established him as a wealthy man in a literary genre populated generally by paupers.
The popularity of the politically metaphoric series even generated an encyclopedia, where the characters and plots were annotated and cross-referenced for Dune aficionados.
Bookstores commonly referred beginning sci-fi fans to the series for their first brush with things galactic, while the original “Dune” volume became the only work of fiction mentioned in that bible of the 1960s, “The Whole Earth Catalogue.”
Herbert credited the successes of “Dune” to timing, for his tales of transforming the face of a barren land touched the heart of the ecology movement. The fact that a drug helped in that transformation 9,000 years in the future endeared it to the Beatniks and the Flower Children of the current era. And although those revolutionaries moved from street corners and into corporations, they continued to buy the “Dune” series, which has never been out of print in either hard cover and paperback since the initial volume was published in 1965.
Herbert attended the University of Washington, where he became intrigued by psychology and education. He was a correspondent for the Hearst newspapers in Vietnam, and also was a devotee of Jungian psychology, which, simplistically put, holds that universal symbols common to all cultures transcend any language.
Produced 20 Books
His first novel, “Dragon in the Sea,” was published in 1955 and over the years he produced 20 books ranging from the home programming of computers to a revenge novel about an American biologist whose family is killed by Irish terrorists.
But science fiction remained his forte and his favorite.
The “Dune” series, he said in a 1984 interview with The Times, was an allegorical effort to point up his basic distrust of modern political leadership.
“These charismatic leaders ought to have a sign on them: ‘Warning! May Be Dangerous to Your Health.’ ”
But he also wanted to be remembered for the pleasure he provided his readers.
Attracted Attention
“There’s no way to stop academia from taking up science fiction,” he said in an interview soon after his work began attracting the attention of literary scholars.
”. . . You can analyze a thing to death,” he said, “(but) a science fiction writer has to remember that he’s in the entertainment business and you can’t shortchange the reader.”
Herbert was married three times and the father of three children.

Dune, Die Ketzer des Wüstenplaneten (1985)

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Dune Wiki

The story of Dune begins with Paul Atreides, a young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, and he must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of spice—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The journey continues with the new film Dune in theaters December 18, 2020.

Der Gottkaiser des Wüstenplaneten (1982)

Der Gottkaiser des Wüstenplaneten (Original: God Emperor of Dune) ist der vierte Band aus dem Dune-Zyklus von Frank Herbert, der im Original 1981 veröffentlicht wurde.

Empfehlung: Ultimate Guid to Dune

Zitate: Regierung

Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat. It’s true! Liberal
governments always develop into aristocracies The bureaucracies
betray the true intent of people who form such governments. Right
from the first, the little people who formed the governments which
promised to equalize the social burdens found themselves
suddenly in the hands of bureaucratic aristocracies. Of course, all
bureaucracies follow this pattern, but what a hypocrisy to find this
even under a communized banner Ahhh, well, if patterns teach me
anything it’s that patterns are repeated. My oppressions, by and
large, are no worse than any of the others and, at least. I teach a
new lesson.

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward
aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to
evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government
tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the
ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of
financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.

Zitate: All soldiers are homosexuals at heart

“Oh, yes. He says that the all-male army has a strong tendency toward homosexual activities.”

“Ohhh, he says that when it breaks out of the adolescent homosexual restraints, the male army is essentially rapist. Rape is often murderous and that’s not survival behavior.”

Moneo spoke in a soothing tone, but his words shook Idaho. “I will tell you this only once. Homosexuals have been among the best warriors in our history, the berserkers of last resort. They were among our best priests and priestesses. Celibacy was no accident in religions. It is also no accident that adolescents make the best soldiers.”

“That’s perversion!”

“Quite right. Military commanders have known about the perverted displacement of sex into pain for thousands upon thousands of centuries.”

“Is that what the Great Lord Leto’s doing?”

Still mild, Moneo said: “Violence requires that you inflict pain and suffer it. How much more manageable a military force driven to this by its deepest urgings.”

Schwule Elitekrieger schlugen die Großmacht Sparta

Dune Genesis

This essay was originally published in the July 1980 issue of Omni Magazine. It has never been reprinted, and most DUNE fans have not had the opportunity to read Frank Herbert’s description of creatinghis masterpiece.

»I wrote the Dune Saga because I had this idea that charismatic leaders ought to come with the warning label ‘May Be Dangerous To Your Health’«

Frank Hebert

»The mistakes (of leaders) are amplified by the numbers who follow them without question. Charismatic leaders tend to build up followings, power structures and these power structures tend to be taken over by people who are corruptible. I don’t think that the old saw about ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is accurate: I think power attracts the corruptible.«

Frank Herbert

»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.«

Dune, Frank Herbert

David Lynch’s »Dune« (1984), Teil 1

Interview mit Paul Poet zu David Lynch’s Dune

David Lynch’s Dune

Paul Poet

Dune Enzyklopädie von Frank Herbert & Willis E. McNelly

Es ist mir nicht gelungen ein papier Form der Dune Enzyklopädie auf zutreiben, es gibt sie aber als PDF online: