This month, we’re reading Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune! And we’re kicking it off with a doozy of a discussion question from author Kim Stanley Robinson:
“Because the [Dune] material looks so exotic at first, I would ask people to keep trying to relate the story of Dune to our current situation on Earth in 2014. What do you see in the book that is a funhouse mirror reflection of our world right now?”
What do you think?
This book has been on my reading list for years now. Perhaps it’s high time I give this books spine a good cracking.
I had never really thought about giving Dune a read…but if @ScienceFriday is reading along…
OH good lord to each of you who haven’t read it, DO!
This is a book that has stuck with me for years. I originally read it in high school, from a copy with the cover literally falling apart. The librarian let me keep it, and I still have it.
This book was invaluable to me not just for the cultural references, but so many more images, thoughts, and scenes from the book.
I actually repeat the litany against fear to myself in times of anxiety.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
It’s such a beautiful, rich, world, with all the detail you may hope that something like Star Wars holds, but very readable. I haven’t read any of the sequels, but this original book is wonderful. I named my sandboa after the sandworms! If you have an interest in ecology, politics, court life, culture interactions, and more, you’ll definitely be interested.
fish shaming [x]
jesus christ i’ve been waiting for this
finally, a *shaming post that doesn’t involve owner negligence.
I just saw a commercial for Shark Week on Discovery for the first time and it just looks so asinine, like this is a new level of ridiculous and I can’t believe people still watch it almost religiously. I can’t even pay attention to the show I was watching because I’m just shaking my head in disgust and disbelief.
The whole thing is out of hand and there is almost no real science to anything said on it anymore
This weekend I brought out an undergrad to help me search for giants. Unfortunately we only saw a couple, but he did get some field experience and saw a bunch of cool fish!
God bless everyone who helps interns/undergrads/whoever get valuable experience!!
Love being in my underwater world.
Do you get to take pictures while you dive???
I'm interested in donating toward your research. Is it better to use the button on your blog or the Experiment page for that?
Hi great question! I should probably remove the button on my blog :) Please use the one on experiment.com, as I don’t receive funding for the research unless I reach the goal. Thank you for your interests in my spider research!