Salute To Classic Author: Frank Herbert

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I had been following Comic book girl 19’s YouTube channel since 2016. As well as comic book girl 19’s 2nd channel. She did something called Dune book club. I didn’t want all the extra merch she was selling, so I bought it on Amazon for something around 10 dollars.

For those that don’t know the first two books follow Paul Atreides who is a teenager in the first book focusing on his Bene Gesserit skills taught from his mother. Only to become a god like being after taking too much spice melange making his eyes blue within’ blue. Giving him the power to for see everything before it happens. Also making his brain something similar to a super computer. Seeing millions of out comes in seconds. Set in the far future an interstellar society in which noble houses are in control of individual planets, and the spice melange. Paul Atreides attempts to prevent an intergalactic war.

I’m a Sci-fi fiend! When it finally arrived I couldn’t put it down. The world building in this is incredibly advanced. You feel like your a fly on the wall while as characters plot against each other. Instead of numerical chapters after each chapter Dune has fictitious quotes, poetry, and songs from the planet Arrakis. The most well known is…

“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.”

This book dives so deep into the psyche of politics you can apply it to our world. Through tactics of divide and concur. The evolution of a corrupt politicians. How they wanted to change the political spectrum for the good only falling into the trap of corruption themselves.

It has a philosophy towards politics. Which in the current climate is refreshing to hear. A book that can speak on politics in 2018 after being published in 1963 is exactly why this book stands so tall amongst not only the science fiction genre but literature as a whole.

Unlike most science fiction books these focus on over coming the mind and body. As well as expanding the mind with hallucinogens. Which from what I know of the mid to late sixties was very prevalent. I think this was interesting because a lot of science fiction is about how cold, and bleak the future will be based on current predicaments that aren’t dealt with in the present. This was refreshing because it was small things that people could work on. Breathing exercises to control your heart rate and prevent your mind from racing with irrational thoughts. How to control your body language and tone of voice while using specific words to reel people in.

In this universe they did away with AI. They matured the natural powers of the human body using techniques from Bene Gesserit’s. Like navigation with out using GPS. Listening to their gut instinct. Controlling the mind in such away that a person who is trying to hurt someone’s feelings can breathe and think to rationally. “What does this person have to gain by speaking to me in such away?” Once you realize that person is trying to trigger you in this way. You can set up psychological barriers to prevent them from getting in your head. Along with using proper body language and tone of voice to put up a guard even further. Imagine how many kids could benefit from this in school dealing with bullies in a mature way that empowers them and brushes off the negativity. Not even kids but adults who can’t communicate properly with out using intimidation tactics or manipulation that takes a toll on co-workers or loved ones.

The way it’s written is interesting as well. It’s mostly dialogue. There’s brief descriptions of people and creatures. But is mostly a constant flow of dialogue and thoughts. Dune is poetically written. Frank Herbert clearly put a lot of thought behind the phrasing and organization of the words. It’s music to the ears.

Here is my final salute to one of the best Sci-fi authors. I leave you with this quote.

“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.” 

 

 

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