November 21, 2015 by admin2

Dune, Environment, and Power

Drought and Power

The Novel Dune by Frank Herbert is a sprawling, gigantic mythology with a beginning, a middle, and an end. What few people remember about it though is that it is a polemic treatise on the state and politics of the environment.

Even today’s environmentalists, politicians and business owners owe a debt to the consciousness raising that Dune brought to consciousness. Even today’s electricians like 110220v in San Mateo owe a debt because they are especially susceptible to the influence of environmental degradation, and climate change.

Frank Herbert was a journalist in the 1950’s when he was hired to write for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Ironically he was hired specifically to chronicle the backwater of Florence, Oregon and the sand dunes (“sand dunes”…get it?) surrounding it.

Frank was amazed at how sand dunes could take over the topography, like clogging rivers and lakes and over taking forests. He saw that a world taken over by dryness would be a devastating occurrence and decided to write about it.

This was one of the first science fiction novels to explore the nature of environment and alternative worlds. Previous efforts had focused much on space travel, but Dune dove head first into a complete mythos about a foreign world where the environment is endangered, politics is toxic, (Sound like anything you know?) and the biology and history of the planet are explored in detail.

Dune focused on the ecology of an entire planet, and how one action on the planet could affect the whole ecosystem and society.

Dune is a drought planet where water is very very rare and people have to wear space suits to make sure that any moisture is captured and not wasted. The people of Arrakis are environmentally conscious and teach ecology as a primary subject in all schools of thought.

This was an amazing insight by Frank Herbert. Ecology in the 1950’s was not a hot topic of conversation and people assumed that the earths resources were infinite. The fact that a science fiction writer was the first to bring the coming crisis to consciousness was a huge feather in the cap of all science fiction.

Another theme of the novel is economic power. Just as today blue collar businesses like feel dis-empowered by “paper pushers” in Dune the everyday people are ruled over by the “Harkonnens” who are outsiders that greedily suck an energy material (“Melange” or “Spice”) from the planet without giving anything back to the inhabitants of the planet. The “Harkonnens” are shown as capitalists while the everyday people (the “Fremen”) are shown as not having any access or knowledge as to how valuable the Spice is to the universal economy.

How does this parallel today’s energy environment?

We’ll we all know that even electricians have been dramatically affected by the drought in California. Companies like 110220v have to abide by stringent codes to prevent fire and preserver energy.

In addition the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is scheduled to meet in Paris in December of 2015 to develop agreements in carbon emissions, most dramatically affected by the dependence on oil. The comparison between “Spice” and oil isn’t subtle. In Dune, Herbert postulates huge conflicts which are sparked between the oil haves and oil have nots. The greed of the haves threatens many of our environments and climate change is threatening the way of life for millions of people.

In the meantime a sever drought that some attribute to global warming is affecting huge parts of the earth.

So what can we do to make it better?

1. Read Dune to get an understanding of the meta forces that are tearing our environment apart.

2. Reduce your oil usage. Buy electric whenever you can. Don’t use plastic (which is made from oil).

3. Preserve electricity. During droughts conditions make electricity more expensive monetarily and environmentally to product.  For example electric power plants use tons and tons of water to run the turbines. So, unplug appliances, don’t use air conditioning, use energy efficient appliances.

So glad you have read to the end. We are smack dab in the middle of our own version of Dune. Heed the lessons it teaches and become part of the solution and not the problem

April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


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“Oh, the perils of leadership in a species so anxious to be told what to do. How little they knew of what they created by their demands. Leaders made mistakes. And those mistakes, amplified by the numbers who followed without questioning, moved inevitably toward great disasters.”


Frank Herbert wrote the six book series “The Dune Chronicles. He has crafted one of the most immersive and realistic worlds ever conceived. It’s vast, futuristic world spans thousands of years of human history, exploring the complexity of the human spirit while interweaving complex plots with insightful moral lessons. The initial volume, DUNE, was the first novel to win the Nebula Award (1965) and also shared the Hugo Award in the next year (1966). Although many of today’s science fiction readers have never picked up the Dune Chronicles, the story still stands as one of the greatest written accomplishments in science fiction. Thanks

April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


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The Origins of the Dune Chronicles

Dune, a worldwide bestseller that won the first Nebula Award and also grabbed the Hugo Award for science fiction, both in 1965, once shared the same type of humble beginnings as did many other great works of literature. At the time it was first released, the critics agreed that it was going nowhere. More than a dozen publishers turned it down, saying that Dune was too long, too complicated, or too intricately plotted to publish. One publisher wrote to Frank Herbert saying, “I may be making a serious mistake, perhaps the mistake of the decade, but . . .” and then went on to reject the book. Surprisingly, the only publisher that agreed to run Dune was Chilton Book Company, a publisher of numerous how-to manuals. Sterling Lanier bought the book for the company in 1963, and it was then published in 1965. Seemingly overnight, a miracle happened. Although there was no advertising for the book, it’s short supply sold out almost instantly. For the next couple years, Frank Herbert was flooded with bookstore and reader complaints that no one could find any copies for sale. It is from this point on that Dune blossomed, capturing the attention of the science fiction world. Since these bleak early days, Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles have gone on to sell well over ten million copies worldwide.

Of the many questions that Frank Herbert fielded from his readers shortly after the publishing of Dune, one truly helped this legendary writer realize his success. “Are you trying to start a cult?” many people asked. Frank Herbert’s answer: “God no!” So what was he trying to do? According to Mr. Herbert, it was a story of the “myth of the messiah,” about why we follow leaders without questions. One of his favorite questions reveals one source of inspiration: “Why do we go to Guinea to drink [poisoned] Kool-Aid?” But obviously, there was more to Dune than this perplexing idea. Why else would major publishing companies refuse to publish it? Frank Herbert used Dune and its five sequels to incorporate at least six other important topics into the story’s plot. Taken from “When I was writing Dune,” found at the beginning of Heretics of Dune, Mr. Herbert lists these other topics:

  • It was to produce another view of a human-occupied planet as an energy machine.
  • It was to penetrate the interlocked works of politics and economics.
  • It was to be an examination of absolute prediction and its pitfalls.
  • It was to have an awareness drug in it and tell what could happen through dependence on such a substance.
  • Potable water was to be an analog for oil and for water itself, a substance whose supply diminishes each day.
  • It was to be an ecological novel, then, with many overtones, as well as a story about people and their human concerns with human values…

As the plot took shape, Frank Herbert needed a setting. According to a personal friend of his, Mr. Herbert originally planned to set the story on Mars, but that idea was changed as his idea for an ecological novel developed. One experience in his writing career helped him decide upon the novel’s home: Arrakis, also known as Dune. For a potential magazine piece about a project by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was studying ways to control the movements of sand dunes, Mr. Herbert went to the coasts of Oregon. Remembering that our Western civilization started in the deserts of the Middle East, he made his decision. “I did what science fiction writers always do–I amplified the idea of desert to a whole planet. That meant I had to go into the history of desert cultures; their survival.” Over the next six years, Frank Herbert primarily studied Arabic, and as a result, much of his Dune terminology uses Arabic roots. With the plot and most of the setting finally coming together, the world of Dune began to take shape. As Frank Herbert introduced his novel, he summed up the reasons for its success in the first sentence of the introduction taken from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by Princess Irulan:

A beginning is a time for taking the most delicate care
that the balances are correct.

To learn more about the original 6 Dune books, including where to buy them, visit the Dune Chronicles Index.

Beyond the Original Dune Series
Sequels and Prequels to Dune

Since his untimely death in 1986, people have been wondering if Frank Herbert had been planning to write more Dune books. According to a personal friend of Mr. Herbert, that is very likely. “I suspect that Frank Herbert would have continued to turn out Dune books as long as they sold. I say this because he had told me often that his original conception of the series ended with God Emperor of Dune, and the publishers urged him to continue with the rest of those that were finished.”

We now know that Frank Herbert did leave many notes, not only about a 7th book in the Dune series, but also events that would have occurred before the 1st book. It is also interesting to know that Frank Herbert and Dr. Willis E. McNelly, the compiler of the Dune Encyclopedia, discussed writing a prequel to be known as Prologue to Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. This project never got off the ground, unfortunately, due to the sudden appearance of Frank Herbert’s fatal pancreatic cancer. Fortunately, Frank Herbert’s ideas are still alive. Using the surviving notes, Brian Herbert (Frank’s son) and Kevin J. Anderson are in the process of composing a trilogy dealing with the years before Dune. The first book, House Atreides was released in 1999. The second book, House Harkonnen, was released in October 2000. The release of the 3rd and final book in this trilogy, House Corrino is scheduled to be released in October 2001.

The Latest News (11/11/00):

In addition to this trilogy, a new trilogy, called Dune: The Butlerian Jihad is being planned. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson recently the offer from Tor Books to write about the human revolt against machines that took place thousands of years before Paul Muad’Dib. The tentative titles of the three books (in order) are The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, and The Battle of Corrin. No release date has been given.

Finally, both authors plan to conclude the series with the long-awaited sequel to Chapterhouse: Dune. They will be working off of Frank Herbert’s original outline. This will be the grand finale for the Dune Chronicles.


Additional Information

The Dune Chronicles Index – These pages contain more information about the books, including brief summaries, a complete list of chapter headings mixed with some good quotes, and detailed information about the various editions of these books.
The Map of Arrakis – This is a large (244K), high-quality map, originally found in most copies of Dune. It has been redrawn as a computer image by me (Alex Dunkel), and was recently colorized by Gully Foyle.
Dune Terminology – This complete list of the Imperial Terminology at the time of Muad’Dib is also taken from Dune, plus it has many similar words connected by hypertext.
related items
Book-related Collectors Items – The first half of the Collectors Corner is dedicated strictly to book-related items, including information about several related books and the Avalon Hill board game.

April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


Note: This is a dedication site. This original content was written by the original owner of this domain, Alex Dunkel.

Jessica and Helen Mohiam

© 1984 MCA/Universal Merchandising, Inc.
– Directed by David Lynch
– Based on the novel by Frank Herbert -

Emperor Paul Muad'Dib

Page Contents:

Lynch’s Dune | Versions of Dune | The Curtain Call
Movie-related Information | Movie Links

A beginning is a very delicate time…

In 1984, almost twenty years after Frank Herbert’s novel became the first to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards in science fiction, and after two other failed attempts at making the movie (see Jodorowsky’s Dune), Dune finally made its long-awaited appearance on the big screen. At a cost estimated between $38 and $42 million, Dune was the largest movie production of its time. It’s extraordinary international cast, which included the British rock idol, Sting, is almost unparalleled to this day. Filmed in Mexico, it required a full studio complex to house all seventy-five of its sets. There were also several dozen giant mechanical worms that had been created for the film. Yet despite all of this, the movie that was destined to make movie history hardly generated any public interest. Reasons for this lack of success are numerous, but its primary problems came from the movie’s own excessive length and complexity, coupled with some significant differences between it and the novel. This distanced the film from many loyal Dune fans. To this day, most people who call themselves science fiction lovers have yet to read the books that helped play a critical role in the formation of modern science fiction. As time goes by, more and more science fiction gets published or put on the big screen even though they have only simple, one-dimensional plots. Few, if any, have contained truely developed worlds as complex and as detailed as the world of Dune.

Atreides' starship
Dune movie cover
Box covers

- Versions of Dune -
What’s truth, and what’s rumor?

Rumors about extended versions of Dune have been circulating for years. Regardless of what the rumors say, there are only three versions of Dune known to exist. The version often found on video cassette is the theatrical release and is the most commonly seen. Its full length is 2 hours and 17 minutes, and it is rated PG-13. It was put on video cassette by MCA Universal and, until just recently, it had been out of print for some time. In May 1997, it was re-released in two formats. The standard pan and scan format is extactly the same as the original Dune video. The box it comes in is also the same. The widescreen format contains no extra footage, and its box has a gold border around its frame. (For information about how to find a copy of Dune on video cassette, please read the information on where to find Dune collectibles.)

Another version known to exist has been dubbed “the 4-hour” or extended version, but is more appropriately named the “Allen Smithee version.” This is the generic name used in place of David Lynch’s name. Lynch, the director, did got get to play a role in the editting process, so he fought to have his name removed and replaced with “Allen Smithee.” Although it is sometimes called “the 4-hour version,” this version, in reality, is closer to 3 hours, but since it is usually found on television (regularly on the Sci-Fi Channel), the added commercials bring the total playing time close to the 4-hour mark. The most notable changes in this release are in the introduction, where an older man gives a longer introduction to the film than Irulan did. This release also includes scenes that weren’t included in the shortened version, like the making of the Water of Life and Gurney playing the baliset. Although this extended version is said to have been made for the people who have read the book, many Dune fans agree that the added footage subtracts from the work, rather than add to it. Certain extra scenes involving Jurgen Prochnow (Duke Leto) and Patrick Stewart (Gurney Halleck) were poorly acted, and their additions hurt the film. Yet despite the slightly lower quality of the extended version of Dune, it is still very popular and highly sought. This version has never been released on video cassette, but it has been put onto laserdisc. (Again, please refer to my page discussing where to find Dune collectibles.) If you are interested in learning which scenes were added or altered in this version, be sure to check out Hiphats’ “The Arrakis File,” which is devoted to this topic.

The third and final version of Dune is the “Channel 2 version,” which was made and aired once in 1992 by KTVU, a local Fox affiliate in San Francisco. It was pieced together using only the Allen Smithee version and the theatrical release. (No extra footage was added.) Ron Miller, who helped with the production of Dune, put it best when he told me: “Evidently they did what anyone could have done: cobbled together an idiosyncratic version of the film by melding bits and pieces of the theatrical and original TV versions. This has got to be an even worse mess than the Smithee edition. I would avoid it at all costs. Restoring Dune requires more than just haphazardly pasting together every scrap of film one can find.”

So, do other versions of Dune exist? Personally, I doubt it. Even if such a copy existed, I can promise you that it would be difficult to watch. To piece this so-called “6-hour version” together, someone would’ve needed to have had access to all the movie scraps that were left on the chopping block after the film was put together. Since it would’ve been done without permission from Dino De Laurentiis Corporation and David Lynch, it would’ve been illegal. However, in Eye, Frank Herbert said that there were 6 hours of footage shot. Although he dearly wished to have this 6-hour version released, it never was. (The “4-hour” version is not what he had wanted.) It is not known what this “director’s cut” would’ve been like in terms of quality. Regardless of what has been said, I personally feel that such a film would’ve been very low quality. In the production of every film, many brief scenes (most of which don’t span more than 5 seconds) are constantly cut as the film is pasted together into its final form. By picking up the table scraps and throwing them back into the film, the movie would’ve been very choppy, and some scenes would have to be omitted since they were replaced by others. So in the same manner that one can argue that there may be a 6-hour version of Dune, one can also argue that there may be a 6-hour version of Star Wars or Independence Day floating around. As many Dune fans have already noted, the extended version of Dune doesn’t flow as well as the shortened version. As you add more and more low quality scenes that may or may not flow with the rest of the film, the quality of any extended version decreases almost exponentially. So, all in all, Dune fans should be content with the two versions that are currently available. Although more could’ve been done to make it a better film, Dune is still a beautiful movie because of its sets, cast, crew, and special effects, especially when one considers the time at which it was made.

- The Curtain Call –
(Coming Soon)

Here are the men and women responsible for making Dune a tangible concept. Without their efforts,
many young Dune fans, including myself, would never have discovered this great epic.

Liet Kynes & Gurney

The cast

The production crew

Shaddam & Irulan
starFeyd & Rabban Harkonnen star

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- Other items of interest -

bullet Soundtrack information

bullet Other collectors’ items

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- Movie Related Links -

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Mark Bennett’s Dune Home Page

These pages house a wealth of information about the movie, including “Dune: Behind the Scenes”, which contains scans of artwork that where emailed to Mark by Ron Miller, production illustrator for Dune. You’ll also find more information about what was added and what was cut from the film in each of the versions. Lastly, you will find information about the different copies of Dune that have been released on video cassette and laserdisc.
movie ticket

The Arrakis File

These pages contain vast amounts of information about the different versions of David Lynch’s motion picture. Included is a list of added scenes found in the “Allen Smithee” version, information about the KTVU version, Dune trivia, a review of the new letterbox format videocassette, and up-to-date information about the Sci-Fi Channel’s upcoming 6-hour miniseries.
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Jodorowsky’s Dune

This page tells about Jodorowsky’s version of Dune that almost made it to the theaters several years before Lynch’s version.
movie ticket

Dune review

This is a nicely designed summary of Dune, complete with pictures, sound samples, and a cast list. The site is housed in Australia.
movie ticket

IMDB: DUNE entry

The Internet Movie Database’s page with information about the movie, it’s cast, and it’s crew. A very complete page with links and much more.

Most of the images from the movie located on this page were scanned from the Dune collector cards produced by Fleer Corporation. The images themselves are property of MCA/Universal Merchandising, Inc.


April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


Note: This is a dedication site. This original content was written by the original owner of this domain, Alex Dunkel.

Awards and Recognition

Although I’m usually the type to take the awards for my work and quietly tuck them away in a drawer or closet, I felt that these recognitions should be displayed. Although I have designed and written all of the pages, I couldn’t have done it all without the help of everyone that has taken the time to supply information. In other words, the awards below are not mine alone. They belong to every visitor who has contributed to the growth and development of The World of Dune. Thank you, everyone!

The Ministry Majon SelectSurf
Speculative Vision Sci-Fi Site of the Week, Oct. 19, 1998, Vol. 4, No. 21, Issue 81


I’d also like to give my special thanks to Zach Haren, who informed me that The World of Dune was mentioned in issue #28 (August 1997) of InQuest magazine. (It was mentioned on page 20 in the section “ELECTRONIC IQ NEWS PLUGGED IN” in a segment entitled “Dune Buggy”, if anyone’s interested.) If he hadn’t informed me, I would’ve never found out.

Yahoo! Internet Life

Once again, The World of Dune was mentioned in a major magazine without the publishers or reviewers being kind enough to let me know. I really appreciate it when people tell me about these things. This time, Yahoo! Internet Life mentioned this site in its review of the Top 20 Science-Fiction Online Communities in issue #12 (December 1997). Amoung all science fiction communities, here’s how we ranked:

The Dune Community

Category: Rank:
Number of Sites (16) 17
Rabid Consumption 5
Worship of the Obscure 7
Galactic Darwinism 12
Fan-Page Matchups (The World of Dune) 7

Overall Ranking:  9

April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


Note: This is a dedication site. This original content was written by the original owner of this domain, Alex Dunkel.


Links on this page: Links on other pages:

Established Dune Pages:

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Museum Arrakeen maintained by:
Christian Gilmore
Description: One of the oldest and most popular web sites around. This classic is definitely worth a visit.

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Usul’s Homepage maintained by:
Description: These pages are loaded with information and are very frequently updated. This one is definitely worth visiting.

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Dune maintained by:
Mark Bennett
Description: Includes “Dune: Behind the Scenes”, a movie script, information about the cast, and many other interesting pages of information about both versions of the movie.

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Dune – A Place Beyond Your Dreams maintained by:
Fabien Tassin
Description: A great set of pages with the movie script, a Dune timeline (taken from the Dune Encyclopedia), and some cool images of the book covers.

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Dune Index maintained by:
Description: This is a relatively new archive that contains lots of information about both the books and the movie, including movie poster info.

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Dune Universe maintained by:
Greg Szczepanik
Description: A little information with beautiful images from DUNE, the game from Virgin Games.

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JC’s DUNE Page maintained by:
Description: A Dune web page that offers several TrueSpeech and .WAV sound files but little else.

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Frank Herbert’s Dune maintained by:
Michael Weinman
Description: This site contains a little bit of information on everything, but the greatest detail can be found in the review of the other Dune web pages.

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Universe 777’s Dune Figures maintained by:
Frank Harrison
Description: This page is devoted to both popular and unheard-of Dune collectibles.

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DUNE, 7th book maintained by:
Frans Faase
Description: This page discusses the idea of a 7th book to the Dune Chronicles.

Smaller Dune Pages:

  1. Maud’Dib’s Sietch Tabr
  2. Dune
  3. Robin Dunn’s DUNE page
  4. Dune Museum at Dar-es-Balat
  5. Hacker’s Arrakis
  1. The Sleeper Must Awaken
  2. Spock’s Dune page
  3. The City of Arrakeen
  4. Paul Atreides Lives!
  5. A Beginning

April 1, 2015 by Clayton Foley


Note: This is a dedication site. This original content was written by the original owner of this domain, Alex Dunkel.

NOTE: These pages contain only general information and scans (if available) of various Dune collectibles. Nothing can be purchased through this site. To see my suggestions on where you can find these items, please refer to the page about searching for Dune collectibles.

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