Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Dune" and 'The Spice Melange'

Author Brian Herbert, son of "Dune" author Frank Herbert and writer of "Dune" stories since the passing of his father,  has confirmed that Denis Villeneuve ("Blade Runner 2049") will direct a new "Dune" big screen feature:

Published in 1965, Herbert's epic science fiction novel is set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the 'Padishah Emperor'.

" the far future, humanity has eschewed advanced computers in favor of adapting their minds to be capable of extremely complex tasks. Much of this is enabled by the 'spice melange', which is only found on the planet 'Arrakis', a desert planet with giant sandworms as its native lifeform.

"Dune' follows 'Paul Atreides', whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet 'Arrakis', as he explores multi-layered interactions of politics religion, ecology, technology and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its 'spice'..."

Herbert wrote five sequels including "Dune Messiah", "Children of Dune", "God Emperor of Dune", "Heretics of Dune" and "Chapterhouse: Dune".

The first novel also inspired a 1984 film adaptation by David Lynch, the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Frank Herbert's Dune" and its 2003 sequel Frank Herbert's "Children of Dune".

Brian Herbert, started writing "Dune" stories in 1999.

Since 2009, the names of planets from the "Dune" novels have been adopted for the real-world nomenclature of plains and other features on the 'Saturn' moon 'Titan'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Dune"...