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Old August 19 2013, 05:31 AM   #166
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Re: Dune - The Book and the 1984 film *spoilers for both*

I thought it was explained pretty clearly in the books: Dune Spaceships have FTL Drives, they always did. It predates the Imperium and is how Humans spread out in the first place. But they needed thinking machines to do the navigating.

They found Arrakis and found out how Spice enhanced humans. Then the Butlerian Jihad against Thinking Machines happened, and the Spice-Enhanced Human Navigators replaced the Navigational Computers.

They just do the advanced calculations the computers used to do, and used their Prescience to forsee any obstacles to avoid during the travel.
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Old August 20 2013, 01:05 PM   #167
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The way Lynch portrayed the foldspace sequence certainly leaves one with the impression that the navigator is doing all the legwork (so to speak--no fetus pun intended) but I think it's ambiguous to interpret it as merely the Navigator's spice trance-induced perception of what will/is happening.

Oddly enough, IMO the same sequence in the Sci-fi mini manages to make it look even more like the navigator is doing the space folding itself. The really interesting thing for me is that this scene isn't in the book at all and yet both adaptations choose to depict it in a very similar way.

As for how Dune could have been discovered before the use of spice; leaving aside the thinking machine aspect, it might be worth remembering just how far in the future this world is. I forget the exact date, but IIRC the appendix says the Butlarian Jihad occurs sometime around 12-13,000 A.D.
Over ten millennia is plenty of time for humanity to spread out--at relativistic speed--the two or three hundred light years to Alpha Carinae.
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Old August 20 2013, 03:55 PM   #168
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The way Lynch portrayed the foldspace sequence certainly leaves one with the impression that the navigator is doing all the legwork (so to speak--no fetus pun intended) but I think it's ambiguous to interpret it as merely the Navigator's spice trance-induced perception of what will/is happening.

Oddly enough, IMO the same sequence in the Sci-fi mini manages to make it look even more like the navigator is doing the space folding itself. The really interesting thing for me is that this scene isn't in the book at all and yet both adaptations choose to depict it in a very similar way.

As for how Dune could have been discovered before the use of spice; leaving aside the thinking machine aspect, it might be worth remembering just how far in the future this world is. I forget the exact date, but IIRC the appendix says the Butlarian Jihad occurs sometime around 12-13,000 A.D.
Over ten millennia is plenty of time for humanity to spread out--at relativistic speed--the two or three hundred light years to Alpha Carinae.
Could be even longer. Dune is set in 10,191 A.G with the letters denoting After Guild. That is 10,191 after the formation of the Spacing Guilding and we don't know when it was founded.
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Old August 20 2013, 08:00 PM   #169
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As for how Dune could have been discovered before the use of spice; leaving aside the thinking machine aspect, it might be worth remembering just how far in the future this world is. I forget the exact date, but IIRC the appendix says the Butlarian Jihad occurs sometime around 12-13,000 A.D.
Leto's other memories showed Arrakis before it had become colonized by the sandtrout and sandworms so the arrival of humans there preceded Arrakis eventually becoming a desert world under the influence of the sandtrout.
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Old August 20 2013, 08:34 PM   #170
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The way Lynch portrayed the foldspace sequence certainly leaves one with the impression that the navigator is doing all the legwork (so to speak--no fetus pun intended) but I think it's ambiguous to interpret it as merely the Navigator's spice trance-induced perception of what will/is happening.

Oddly enough, IMO the same sequence in the Sci-fi mini manages to make it look even more like the navigator is doing the space folding itself. The really interesting thing for me is that this scene isn't in the book at all and yet both adaptations choose to depict it in a very similar way.

As for how Dune could have been discovered before the use of spice; leaving aside the thinking machine aspect, it might be worth remembering just how far in the future this world is. I forget the exact date, but IIRC the appendix says the Butlarian Jihad occurs sometime around 12-13,000 A.D.
Over ten millennia is plenty of time for humanity to spread out--at relativistic speed--the two or three hundred light years to Alpha Carinae.
Could be even longer. Dune is set in 10,191 A.G with the letters denoting After Guild. That is 10,191 after the formation of the Spacing Guilding and we don't know when it was founded.
Read my post again. I wasn't talking about when the book takes place.

Also, we do know roughly how much time passed between "now" and the formation of the Guild

Appendix II: The Religion of Dune:

...Mankind's movement through deep space placed a unique stamp on religion during the one hundred and ten centuries that preceded the Butlerian Jihad. To begin with, early space travel, although widespread, was largely unregulated, slow, and uncertain, and, before the Guild monopoly, was accomplished by a hodgepodge of methods. The first space experiences, poorly communicated and subject to extreme distortion, were a wild inducement to mystical speculation...
So that puts the formation of the Guild around 11,000 years after we start travelling into deep space, which (assuming that counts unmanned probes) is around 13,000 A.D. So incidentally, if Dune starts in 10,191 A.G., that puts it at around the early 24th millennium on the Gregorian calender.
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As for how Dune could have been discovered before the use of spice; leaving aside the thinking machine aspect, it might be worth remembering just how far in the future this world is. I forget the exact date, but IIRC the appendix says the Butlarian Jihad occurs sometime around 12-13,000 A.D.
Leto's other memories showed Arrakis before it had become colonized by the sandtrout and sandworms so the arrival of humans there preceded Arrakis eventually becoming a desert world under the influence of the sandtrout.
Were those other memories from his human ancestry, or from the sandtrout themselves? I'd always assumed it was the latter. It does raise an interesting question though: are the sandworms the only non-Earth derived lifeforms known in the Dune universe (I can't think of any others), or were they somehow created and put there by humans?
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Old August 20 2013, 09:57 PM   #171
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I inferred that alien life had been encountered (case in point: the "worms"), but Humanity never encountered another sapient species, at least self awareness as we understand it.

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Old August 20 2013, 10:10 PM   #172
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I know Brian Herbert and that other guy aren't too popular around here. But I was at the bookstore today and saw 'The Butlerian Jihad.' That's a subject that always interests me when it's brought up in the text of 'Dune' and now 'Dune Messiah.'

Granted I'm still a long ways off from even thinking about reading prequel novels (as I'm still only halfway through 'Messiah'. I'm curious if the "Legends of Dune" trilogy is worth seeking out?
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Old August 20 2013, 10:13 PM   #173
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Their novels are alright as dumb action romps, but without the philosophy, ecology, spirituality and politics then Dune just isn't Dune for me.
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Old August 20 2013, 10:28 PM   #174
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I had a feeling you'd say something like that
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Old August 20 2013, 10:46 PM   #175
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Exactly.. it's like fast food. Enjoyable for a short while but you only get real joy from a good meal.
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Old August 20 2013, 11:02 PM   #176
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I gave up on them. Maybe the ones since have been alright, but it's just.. hard to justify spending so much time on them over other books I want to read. Dune and God Emperor of Dune changed my life, they not only inspired me to become a writer but changed my overall worldview in remarkable ways.

The new stuff was never going to compare, but they suck even when compared to Frank Herbert's lesser installments in the original series. Those were still pretty great novels.
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Old August 20 2013, 11:18 PM   #177
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Their novels are alright as dumb action romps, but without the philosophy, ecology, spirituality and politics then Dune just isn't Dune for me.
I honestly didn't find the House Trilogy to be just fun action romps. I think they helped flesh out the universe, and show that it actually had interesting and important characters/stories before Paul Atredies. I've never been one to complain about a book lacking things like Philosophy and spirituality. I don't need or want someone to preach/talk about their philosophy in books (and to be fair Frank Herbert's books don't really do that, in fact I couldn't call any of it "spirituality", except when its used in the context of controlling people and even then its a plot point). The Brian herbert/KA books give me interesting stories in a universe that has a lot of potential, and the ones set around the time of the trilogy help you appreciate characters that took a back seat to the story of Paul (and later his children).

Reading the House books gives you a lot of good character development for people Dune doesn't go into too much detail with. Its nice to know more about Duke Leto, he feels more fleshed out after being one of the main characters in three books. I feel like I know him a lot better than I did when I first read dune, and it makes his role more impactful to me. Other people like Baron harkonnen, Mohiam, the emperor, Pardot/Liet Kynes and Count & Lady Fenring also seem more than just side characters. Liet Kynes definately benefits. I don't think Dune did a great job of making him seem very important outside of being the father of Chani.

Dune is a classic, and I love the trilogy. Still, if I were to rate the books, After the main trilogy the House books are my favorite. They did a good job of introducing characters, gave some much needed fleshing out of people like Duke Leto, and were good stories. They are far from mindless action romps. Sure, they aren't written to be philosophical, but honestly even frank Herbert's books aren't what I'd call snobby books either. They do have a little bit, and its usually not very good (the gom jabbar thing is still just barely sensical to me, I get what he was going for, but the human/animal thing just has a lot of holes in it) but Dune in the end is a good sci fi series that doesn't go overboard trying to appeal just to readers that just want to analyse stuff over actually enjoying a story. There is that stuff (especially in frank Herberts books) but he never goes overboard, and he definately wasn't as into writing philosophy/spirituality/etc as people like Tolkien. Its not a crime to write a book without trying to write it for the readers who want to analyse something over actually having a good story. Frank Herbert didn't write just for those people (and i'd argue that Frank Herbert's Dune in general is written to be an interesting sci fi story, not as something for literature experts to analyse). The House books aren't written for that demographic, but they are far from mindless action stuff.
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^^^Have you read the "Legend of Dune" books Kirk55555?

I'd be interested to hear what you think of them.
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^^^Have you read the "Legend of Dune" books Kirk55555?

I'd be interested to hear what you think of them.
Only about 100 pages of the first one. I'm not going to lie, I think Brian herbert/KA flat out shouldn't have done them. But honestly, i didn't want prequels set 10,000 years before Dune anyway, I've never been interested in that. While I like almost all of the stuff they've done, I stay away from Legends of Dune (and the book(s) they're doing about the ancient Bene gesserit). Its possible people who want books set at that time might like them, but they just weren't for me.
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Old August 21 2013, 01:01 AM   #180
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Fair enough. I'm just curious of the opinions of people who have read them

As I said up thread, The Butlerian Jihad is an event that interests me, so when I saw a whole book that covers it, I was a little intrigued.
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