By: Jay Dyer
Dune is an amazing novel: There is a reason it’s the best-selling science fiction series of all time. Prescient for his time (1965), author Frank Herbert was able to foresee a future in which geo-engineering, rampant technocracy, geo-political intrigue and subterfuge, ecology, elite bloodlines, the occult and religious perennialism all coalesce into a story of unparalleled scope and imagination. In that regard, it functions as both a fictional account of a far distant galactic future, as well as a predictive presentation of today’s headlines and scientific advancements. Truly there is no novel to liken it to, especially in the genre of science fiction, relative to its time. While any top ten sci-fi novels will undoubtedly include Dune among its ranks, I argue it is utterly unique in its inclusion of themes and characters that run completely contrary to Asimov or Orwell.
Most science fiction envisions a future of advanced technocratic control where…
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