Tagged: Dune

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Mentats of Dune: A Review

I’m a big fan of the Dune series of sci-fi novels. I’ve read them all, including all of Frank Herbert’s originals and the prequels and sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. So...

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Neo-Feudalism in the Space Age

In the Dune universe, set tens of thousands of years in the future, humanity is organized into feudal fiefdoms and guilds. I wrote about this last year, but I think it’s worth delving into...

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Act III Failures

This article is about the ends of stories, so of course it contains major spoilers. Almost every narrative follows a three act pattern: beginning, middle and end. Act I sets up the premise and...

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The United States of Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. While it’s not as popular as Star Wars and Star Trek, it’s every bit as engrossing. One of the things...

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Corporate Feudalism: The End of Nation States

Have you ever read Dune? Set 20,000 years in the future, it tells of a universe controlled by a hodgepodge of corporate and feudal interests. There’s an emperor balanced against a council of noble...