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Dune
1st edition cover
1st edition cover
Author Frank Herbert
Country United States
Language English
Series Dune series
Genre(s) Science Fiction Novel
Publisher Chilton Books
Released 1965
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 544
ISBN NA
Followed by Dune Messiah
This article concerns
the Dune series
by Frank Herbert
Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse Dune

Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. A joint winner of the 1966 Hugo Award and the winner of the first Nebula Award for Best Novel, Dune is popularly considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history[1] and was the first bestselling hardcover science fiction novel ever[2]. Dune spawned five sequels written by Herbert, and inspired a film adaptation by David Lynch, two mini-series made by the Sci Fi Channel (United States), computer games, board games, and a series of prequels co-written by Brian Herbert, the author's son, and Kevin J. Anderson. Image File history File links FrankHerbert_Dune_1st. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... See also: 1964 in literature, other events of 1965, 1966 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... God Emperor of Dune God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert —the fourth novel within the Dune series. ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... See also: 1964 in literature, other events of 1965, 1966 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and containing elements from the later parts. ... David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... Frank Herberts Dune was a three-part miniseries produced by the Sci-Fi Channel, a cable television channel. ... SCI FI (sometimes rendered Sci-Fi when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... A number of computer games based on Frank Herberts science fiction novel Dune and its two adaptations for film and television were created: // Dune Main article: Dune (Cryo) Dune blended adventure with economic and military strategy, and is considered by many the most immersive Dune computer game. ... Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is one of the best-known prequels. ... Brian Herbert (born 1947) is an American author. ... Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author. ...


Dune is set far in the future amidst a sprawling feudal intergalactic empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. The novel tells the story of young Paul Atreides (heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House Atreides) as he and his family relocate to the planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. In a story that explores the complex interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, the fate of Paul, his family, his new planet and its native inhabitants, as well as the Padishah Emperor, the powerful Spacing Guild, and the secretive female order of the Bene Gesserit, are all drawn together into a confrontation that will change the course of humanity. Feudalism comes from the Late Latin word feudum, itself borrowed from a Germanic root *fehu, a commonly used term in the Middle Ages which means fief, or land held under certain obligations by feodati. ... Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud or fee, often consisted of heritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord in return for a form of allegiance, originally often to give him the means to fulfill his military duties when called upon. ... Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... This article is on the car division of Toyota. ... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by José Ferrer in Dune (1984) The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ...


In 1957, after the publication of The Dragon in the Sea, Herbert had begun the initial stages of planning his next novel. He took a plane to Florence, Oregon, where the USDA was sponsoring a lengthy series of experiments in using poverty grasses to stabilize and slow down damaging sand dunes which could "swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways"[3]; his article on that, "They Stopped the Moving Sands", was never completed (and was only published decades later in an incomplete form in The Road to Dune) but it interested Herbert in the general subject of ecology and related matters; he spent the next five years continuing research and writing and rewriting[4] what would eventually become Dune[5], though it was Spice Planet before the novel was serialized in the magazine Analog from 1963 to 1965 as two shorter works, Dune World and The Prophet of Dune. Herbert's dedicatory remarks were, "to the people whose labors go beyond ideas into the realm of 'real materials'- to the dry-land ecologists, wherever they may be, in whatever time they work, this effort at prediction is dedicated in humility and admiration." The serialized version was expanded and reworked; this version was rejected by twenty publishers prior to its eventual publication, although at least one editor realized the possible mistake: "I was unhappy to learn that Scribner's rejected Dune. The editor's comment that he may have been mistaken (in doing so) — let us hope that's prophetic."[6] The Dragon in the Sea (also known as Under Pressure from its serialization) is a novel by Frank Herbert. ... Florence is a city located in Lane County, Oregon. ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture, also called the Agriculture Department, or USDA, is a Cabinet department of the United States Federal Government. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... The Road to Dune is a science fiction companion book to the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ... April 1997 issue of Analog. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ...

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Synopsis

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An appendix indicates that the time of Paul Atreides is at least 14,000 years in the future, by which time much of current history has been lost, although some cultural and religious traditions remain. sandhill (Algeria) This work is copyrighted. ... sandhill (Algeria) This work is copyrighted. ...


The main conflict driving the narrative of Dune is a political struggle among three noble houses: the Imperial House Corrino, the Atreides, and the Harkonnens. Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Emblem of House Harkonnen from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen. ...


The Corrino Emperor, Shaddam IV, has come to fear the Atreides, due in part to the popularity of Duke Leto Atreides (Shaddam's cousin and the leader of House Atreides) with the noble houses of the Imperium, represented in the Landsraad assembly. In addition, the Duke and his talented lieutenants, Duncan Idaho, Gurney Halleck and Mentat-assassin Thufir Hawat, are making the fighting force of House Atreides equal in effectiveness to the dreaded Imperial Sardaukar, although they are considerably smaller in number. Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by José Ferrer in Dune (1984) Shaddam Corrino IV is a character in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Landsraad was a fictional organisation in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Assassin and Targeted killing redirect here. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Freddie Jones in the 1984 movie Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Sardaukar were a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science fiction novels. ...


The Emperor decides that House Atreides must be destroyed, but he cannot risk an openly overt attack on a single House. Instead, Shaddam uses the centuries-old feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen to disguise his assault, enlisting the brilliant and power-hungry Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in a plan to eliminate the man he fears. A feud is a long-running argument or fight between parties—often groups of people, especially families or clans. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Kenneth McMillan in Dune (1984) The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the science fiction series Dune. ...


The Atreides are forced to accept the lucrative fief of the desert planet Arrakis, also known as "Dune," replacing the Harkonnens. Dune is the only known source of the spice melange, the most valuable commodity in the universe: it is needed by the navigators of the Spacing Guild for interstellar travel, it is used by the secretive and powerful Bene Gesserit sisterhood to awaken the genetic memories of their ancestors, and it greatly extends the human lifespan and expands awareness. Without spice production, all interstellar activity would cease, and the Landsraad would crumble. Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud or fee, consisted of heritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord in return for a vassal knights service (usually fealty, military service, and security). ...


Complicating the political intrigue is the fact that both Paul Atreides, the Duke's son, and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, the Baron's nephew and heir, are essential parts of the Bene Gesserit's secret, centuries-old breeding program to create a prescient superhuman — and male equivalent to a Bene Gesserit — called the Kwisatz Haderach. The Bene Gesserit had planned to breed an Atreides daughter with Feyd-Rautha to unite the two bloodlines and produce their long-awaited prize. But instead of bearing a daughter as ordered, the Lady Jessica Atreides fulfilled her beloved Duke's wishes for a son and bore Paul. This was a tremendous setback for the breeding program, as the Bene Gesserit knew of the Emperor's plans to destroy House Atreides, putting their most valued bloodlines in great jeopardy, just as they were so close to reaching their goal. Further, there were signs that Paul might actually be the Kwisatz Haderach, born one generation before expected. The prospect of a rogue Kwisatz Haderach beyond Bene Gesserit control was terrifying to the Sisterhood. Feyd-Rautha, portrayed by Sting in David Lynchs Dune (1984) Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a key character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Prescience is the ability to predict the future through vision. ... The Kwisatz Haderach is a fictional name of a prophesied messiah figure in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert, and later extended by his son, Brian Herbert, alongside science fiction author Kevin J Anderson. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


The transfer of control of Arrakis creates another pretext for conflict between the Harkonnens and the Atreides and removes Duke Leto from his power base on his home world of Caladan. While they anticipate a trap, the Atreides are unable to withstand a devastating Harkonnen attack, supported by Imperial Sardaukar disguised as Harkonnen troops and aided by a traitor within House Atreides itself, the Suk doctor, Wellington Yueh. Caladan is a fictional planet in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... In Frank Herberts Dune universe, the Suk School produces the universes most competent, trusted doctors. ... Dr. Wellington Yueh, portrayed by Robert Russell in the Dune miniseries - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Dr. Wellington Yueh is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Captured, Duke Leto dies in an failed attempt to assassinate the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen using a poison gas capsule planted in his tooth by Dr. Yueh, but Paul and Jessica escape into the deep desert. With Jessica's Bene Gesserit abilities and Paul's developing skills, they manage to join a band of native Fremen, ferocious fighters who ride the giant sandworms that dominate the desert planet. Paul emerges as the Kwisatz Haderach, and Jessica's knowledge of the secret religious myths of the Fremen, planted by the Bene Gesserit Missionaria Protectiva long ago, enable him to become acknowledged as the Lisan al-Gaib, the religious and political leader the Fremen have been waiting for. Paul unites millions of the Fremen into an unstoppable military force. Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworms are fictional desert-dwelling creatures from Frank Herberts science fiction series Dune. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ...


Paul seizes control of Arrakis and the spice, defeating the Sardaukar legions Shaddam had brought to Arrakis and avenging his family in a duel to the death with Feyd-Rautha. He forces Shaddam to abdicate and becomes Emperor in his place, establishing an Atreides dynasty.


Setting

Main article: Dune universe

At the time of the novel, advanced computers have long been banned due to an event known as the Butlerian Jihad, and the ensuing commandment of the Orange Catholic Bible: "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind," with the penalty of death. In lieu of computer assistance, human skills have been developed to an astonishing degree: The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... A Lego RCX Computer is an example of an embedded computer used to control mechanical devices. ... The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... A fictional book from the Dune novels of Frank Herbert, the Orange Catholic Bible, also known as the Koranjiyana Zenchristian Scriptures or Zenchristian Navakoran, is one of the most important religious texts in the Dune universe. ...

  • Mentats through intensive training learn to enter a heightened mental state in which they can perform complex logical computations. Twisted mentats, created by a compilation of genetic engineering techniques and a bastardised version of formal Mentat training are trained/grown by the Bene Tleilax. They lack the moral probity of fully developed Mentats and often display other character flaws (the twisted Mentat Piter De Vries is a sadist, for instance). They also lack the long term vision of a full mentat. Not all people are capable of becoming a mentat, but it is implied that those who are are identifiable at an early age, Paul Atreides being one such individual. It is implied that a Duke with Mentat abilities and training is a rare, if not unique, occurrence. He is trained by his father's Master of Assassins, Thufir Hawat.
  • The Spacing Guild holds a monopoly on interstellar transport. Its navigators use the spice/drug melange to gain limited prescient abilities, enabling them to safely use the "fold space" technology — guiding Guild Heighliner ships safely to their destination by using a Holtzman engine, which allows instantaneous travel to anywhere in the galaxy.
  • The Bene Gesserit are a secretive female society, often referred to as "witches," with mental and physical powers developed through thousands of generations of controlled gene lines and many years of physical and mental conditioning called prana-bindu training. When a Bene Gesserit acolyte becomes a full Reverend Mother, by undergoing the Spice Agony, she gains access to her "ancestral memories" — the complete life experience of all her female ancestors up to the point of each life's conception. The Agony is caused by taking a massive spice-essence overdose, or, as is later discovered by the Lady Jessica, the Fremen way of drinking the bile of a dying sandworm, a melange-essence poison that they must change in their bodies.

On the fringes of the galaxy is Ix, a planet whose society is dominated by advanced technology. The CHOAM corporation is the major underpinning of the Imperial economy, with shares and directorships determining each House's income and financial leverage. A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herberts Dune science fiction series. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the Dune world of Frank Herbert, the Heighliners of the Spacing Guild are enormous carrier spaceships used for interstellar travel. ... The Holtzman effect is a fictional scientific phenomen in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... Ix is a fictional planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. ... The Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantile or CHOAM is a fictional universal development corporation in Frank Herberts Dune universe, which is first mentioned in Dune. ...


The universe's entire power structure, including the financial and military power of the Imperium and the Great Houses, the Guild's control of interstellar travel, and the Bene Gesserit's special powers, are all subject to the availability of Melange. The control of Melange by a single group is a socio-political condition known as hydraulic despotism (utilizing control of a commodity with a single source to hold power over others). Hydraulic despotism is a term for despotic rule supported by control of a single, necessary resource. ...


A prominent feature of the setting is the use of evolved languages and linguistic traits. (See Language and Linguistics in Frank Herbert's Dune.) Linguistics is the scientific study of language. ... Frank Herberts novel Dune incorporates a number of different themes related to language or linguistics. ...


Themes

The consequences of the actions of superheroes, and humanity's responses, form an overarching theme in the Dune series. In an interview with Frank Herbert published in Omni Magazine in July 1980, the author said: Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Omni was a magazine that contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction. ...

"Enormous problems arise when human mistakes are made on the grand scale available to a superhero... Heroes are painful, superheroes are a catastrophe. The mistakes of superheroes involve too many of us in disaster." [1]

Also:

"I had this theory that superheroes were disastrous for humans, that even if you postulated an infallible hero, the things this hero set in motion fell eventually into the hands of fallible mortals. What better way to destroy a civilization, society or a race than to set people into the wild oscillations which follow their turning over their critical judgment and decision-making faculties to a superhero?"

The emphasis on ecological and religious ideas and the use of many cultural themes made the novel a provocative departure from previous science fiction. Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ... Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islam, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhism, Sikh, Hindu, Jain Religion is a system of social coherence based on a common group of beliefs or attitudes concerning an object, person, unseen being, or system of thought considered...


Political themes in the Dune series include human beings' susceptibility to mass manipulation by political propaganda, religious dogma (e.g., the Missionaria Protectiva), and sexual temptation, and the importance of self-awareness and self-mastery in resisting these types of control, as well as the study of power and control.


Detailed synopsis

The central figure of the book is Paul Atreides, son and heir presumptive to Duke Leto Atreides and his concubine, Lady Jessica, a Bene Gesserit. The Bene Gesserit perform many functions in the Empire, serving asTruthsayers (human lie detectors), negotiators, advisors, and teachers, but all these functions serve one hidden, deeper purpose: they have been secretly trying to improve humanity through selective breeding for generations. The ultimate goal of their breeding program is the Kwisatz Haderach, a human being who will be aware of both maternal and paternal ancestral memories, and have prescient abilities greater than those of the Guild's navigators. The Bene Gesserit are close to the fruition of their plan, and Paul Atreides is at the heart of it. Jessica, his mother, disobeyed Bene Gesserit orders, and gave birth to a boy (Paul). She had been expressly ordered to produce a girl, whom the Bene Gesserit would have mated with a Harkonnen, which they to produce the Kwisatz Haderach. Ultimately, the birth of Paul Atreides introduced possibilities that were unforeseen by the Bene Gesserit plan. An Heir Presumptive (capitalised) is the person provisionally scheduled to inherit a throne, peerage, or other hereditary honor, but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an Heir Apparent or of a new Heir Presumptive with a better claim to the throne. ... A swampy marsh area ... Truthsayer is a fictional profession in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Kwisatz Haderach is a fictional name of a prophesied messiah figure in the Dune universe, created by Frank Herbert, and later extended by his son, Brian Herbert, alongside science fiction author Kevin J Anderson. ...


The Harkonnen attack is more diabolical, more powerful, and comes more quickly than the Atreides expect. The Harkonnens manage to suborn a member of the Atreides inner household, and in doing so achieve something unique in Imperial history: they break the "Imperial conditioning" of a Suk doctor, which had been universally believed to make a person incapable of consciously causing physical harm. The Harkonnens bend the Atreides doctor, Wellington Yueh, to their will by promising to release his wife from prolonged torture. When the Harkonnens attack, Yueh lowers the defensive house shields and uses sedative drugs to disable Leto, Paul, and Jessica, leaving the Atreides leaderless and disorganized under the Harkonnen and Sardaukar military onslaught. The Atreides army is crushed, with only a few fugitive survivors.


Paul and Jessica are sent into the desert to die. Because he may have to face a truthsayer, Baron Harkonnen needs to be able to state truthfully that he was not (directly) responsible for their deaths. However, this plan is foiled by arrangements made by Yueh. Paul and Jessica manage to kill their would-be executioners and escape into the desert, leaving the Harkonnens to believe that they died in a Coriolis Storm (a sandstorm powerful enough to strip flesh off bone). Yueh, eager for a chance at killing the baron he despises and knowing he himself will not have the opportunity, plants a fake tooth in Duke Leto's mouth. When bitten, the tooth emits a poison gas. When Yueh hands Leto over, Baron Harkonnen has his adviser and Mentat, Piter de Vries, execute Yueh. Leto, helpless, but conscious, breaks the gas capsule, but misjudges his moment, only killing himself and Piter de Vries.


In the deep desert, under the pressure of extreme circumstances and the increased doses of Spice that he has been ingesting simply by living on Arrakis, some of Paul's powers emerge, among them, his ability to see possible futures. He sees a way to restore the Atreides, if only he can make contact with the native Fremen and survive. Paul and Jessica meet up with a troop of Fremen. They prove their worth by disarming Fremen in unarmed combat, aided by Bene Gesserit prana-bindu, and Stilgar, the Fremen leader gladly accepts them into his sietch (tribe) because he would like to add that skill to be taught to his people. The Fremen Paul bested, Jamis, takes offense at this "presumptuous" youth, and challenges Paul to a fight to the death. Superficially, this contest between a grown man and an untried fifteen-year-old boy appeared to be a mismatch. But Paul had been trained by masters and, although at first unwilling to kill, he triumphs, making his name in the tribe, and also acquiring the household of the dead man. Afterwards, Paul and Jessica are introduced to the deadly harshness of Fremen life, as Jamis' body is ritually and rendered down for its water, because it is vital to their survival. Stilgar names Paul Usul, meaning "the strong base of a pillar", as his private name within the troop; Paul gives himself the name "Paul Muad'dib" as his public Fremen name. He meets a young woman, Chani, daughter of Liet-Kynes, whom he has long seen in his dreams. Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... A sietch is a Fremen desert settlement in the Dune stories. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Liet-Kynes is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


When they return to the troop's hidden cave dwelling, known as a sietch, they discover the Fremen Reverend Mother is near death, and with the fortuitous arrival of Jessica, a Bene Gesserit, they make Jessica their Sayyadina. The Fremen have been so influenced by the Bene Gesserit that they attempt to emulate many of their actions with some success including the creation of Reverend Mothers. Jessica, not realizing the consequences of what the Fremen are about to do, accepts to cement her place in the tribe. Halfway through the process she realizes she has made a mistake, that she is involved in a similar process to how the Bene Gesserit make their own Reverend Mothers who can see genetic memories, and realizes that the baby in her womb, fathered by Leto before his death, will also go through the process. Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ...


Years pass. Paul Muad'dib learns to be a Fremen, and becomes a religious leader among the Fremen. Chani becomes his lover and bears him a son, whom he names Leto. Paul and his mother train the Fremen of Sietch Tabr in the fighting techniques of the Prana Bindu. Under his leadership his "Fedaykin" experience victory after victory against the Harkonnens, and Paul's prestige and aura among the Fremen grow. Sietch Tabr is a Fremen community in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


In order to be truly accepted by the Fremen he must become a sandrider. The Fremen have a great secret: they have learned to control the giant sandworms native to Arrakis. Through the use of "maker hooks", they have learned to climb aboard the worms and take control of their course, enabling them to quickly move around the desert. This has given the Fremen better mobility than any of the series of occupying armies of Arrakis, as air power cannot be projected in the face of common Coriolis storms. Obviously riding a giant sandworm is not the safest of tasks, but Paul attempts it and succeeds, becoming a full member of the sietch. In the Dune universe of Frank Herbert, a sandrider is a Fremen male who has mastered the technique of riding the sandworm of Arrakis. ...


The same day, a band of smugglers sought melange too deep in the desert, and the Fremen of Sietch Tabr spring a trap. In the middle of the battle Paul recognizes his weapons teacher, Gurney Halleck, and calls on him and his men to surrender. Gurney is overjoyed and overwhelmed in equal measure. He surrenders his men, and joins Paul's service. Among Gurney's men, however, are some Imperial spies who attempt to kill Muad'dib. They are unsuccessful, and they are captured by the Fedaykin. Paul gives secret orders for the spies to be allowed to escape, so that they would reveal that Paul Atreides still lives on Arrakis. Taking advantage of recruiting Gurney Halleck, Paul uses the moment to solve his leadership problem. Since he has become a wormrider many of his followers have expected Muad'dib to challenge Stilgar, his greatest friend among the Fremen, in order to take control of Sietch Tabr. But Paul breaks tradition, managing to sidestep this issue by proclaiming himself the ruling Duke of Arrakis, and thus taking power without killing his friend.


They return to Sietch Tabr. Gurney is shocked to discover Jessica is still alive, because he believes she was the one who betrayed the Atreides. Gurney is about to kill her when Paul walks in, manages to stop him, and explains that Yueh was the traitor. Gurney is almost broken by his nearly fatal and tragic error, but Jessica forgives him and he is bound even further into Atreides and Jessica's service.


Paul's power among the Fremen grows, but he is still frustrated. He is not all he could be: he cannot control his journeys into the future, and much of it is still blank to him. So he takes a truly risky step and consumes a tiny amount of a concentrated form of melange called spice essence, and so attempts to perform the male equivalent of the Reverend Mother ceremony. Previously to this no man has survived this experience, and it seems he fails also, because he sinks into a coma. The essence from the giant worms in Dune (novel) book series. ...


Paul neglects to tell anyone what he is doing; many people think he is dead, although others, primarily the Fedaykin, believe he is in a religious trance. His mother, Jessica, does all she can to wake him but fails, so out of desperation she calls Chani from the deep desert to help. Chani, through her more personal knowledge of Paul's dreams and desires, realizes what a mad thing Paul has done, and is about to use spice essence converted by Jessica using her powers as a Reverend Mother to bring him out of his trance when Paul awakes in time to stop her. For Paul no time has passed, and he glories in his new memories and powers — he tells his mother and Chani immediately that the Emperor himself is currently orbiting the planet with many Sardaukar, ready to attack. He has proven the Bene Gesserit wrong: he is the Kwisatz Haderach, appearing one generation ahead of the prediction. He declares that it is now time to destroy the Harkonnens.


Fremen attacks on the Harkonnens had already managed to almost entirely stop the flow of the spice from Arrakis. This forced the Emperor to act, and he comes to Arrakis with all his Sardaukar, and also levies of all the other noble houses, to annihilate the Fremen if necessary in order to get the spice flowing again. By this point the Emperor is aware of who Muad'dib is. In advance of his arrival, he sends a large Sardaukar force into the deep desert for information. Attacking a sietch, they manage to kill Paul's son, and capture Alia – Paul's sister – but are driven off by Fremen children, old people and women.


After the Emperor himself has landed, Paul launches the final attack. Using the House Atreides' family atomics (nuclear weapons) that his men managed to retrieve after the Harkonnen attack, he blows a hole in the Shield Wall (a mountain/rock wall) that protects the capital of Dune, Arrakeen, from the surrounding desert and its fierce storms. By using the weapons this way, he narrowly avoids contravening the universal ban against using atomics on people, which would have required the other noble houses to retaliate with "planetary annihilation". The Fremen attack under cover of a huge desert storm, riding sandworms from the desert and through the hole in the Shield Wall. The great static force of the sandstorm then shorts out all of the Sarduakar's defensive shields. The Sardaukar are unable to withstand the full force of the Fremen, caught as they are in total surprise, and the Emperor is forced to surrender. The combined forces of the Landsraad still loom in orbit around the planet, but Paul threatens to destroy the Spice if any of them try to land, and they back off. In the surprise of Muad'dib's attack, Alia manages to escape, and in the process kills Baron Harkonnen, by now revealed to be her and Paul's grandfather, having illegitimately sired Jessica.


Realizing that Muad'dib is not some mad Fremen religious leader changes the situation dramatically for the Emperor. Feyd-Rautha, the Baron's nephew, an acclaimed gladiator, challenges Paul to single combat, claiming rights of kanly as had been declared by Paul's father Leto. Kanly is a formal feud or vendetta under the rules of the Great Convention carried on according to the strictest limitations. Paul agrees even knowing that it is possible he will die, but after a difficult fight during which Feyd-Rautha attempts treachery in the form of a poisoned knife and needle, Paul eventually triumphs. Feyd-Rautha portrayed by Matt Keeslar in the Dune miniseries Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a key character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Sandworm from the cover of Heretics of Dune. ...


Following his victory, Paul forces the Emperor from the throne by threatenening to destroy the spice if he does not remove his forces. The Spacing Guild has no choice, their limited powers of prophecy show Paul is capable of doing so, and without spice, no faster than light travel is possible. The Emperor abdicates and retires to Salusa Secundus. Paul marries the Emperor's eldest daughter, Princess Irulan (in name only; Chani remains his close companion and mother of his heirs, as Jessica did for Leto), and assumes control of the Empire. Irulan becomes a sympathetic historian, and writes extensively on the subject of Muad'Dib, and Paul promises the Fremen that he will turn Arrakis into a garden planet, while conserving the desert so the sandworms (and consequently the melange) will survive. Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ...


Characters in Dune

The characters are listed by primary allegiances. In some cases these allegiances change or reveal themselves to be different in the course of the novels.


House Atreides

Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Emblem of House Atreides from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Atreides. ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... Look up concubine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Alia Atreides, portayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Freddie Jones in the 1984 movie Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Dr. Wellington Yueh, portrayed by Robert Russell in the Dune miniseries - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Dr. Wellington Yueh is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... In Frank Herberts Dune universe, the Suk School produces the universes most competent, trusted doctors. ...

House Harkonnen

Emblem of House Harkonnen from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Kenneth McMillan in Dune (1984) The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the science fiction series Dune. ... Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herberts Dune science fiction series. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Feyd-Rautha portrayed by Matt Keeslar in the Dune miniseries Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a key character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Glossu Rabban, portrayed by Laslo Imre Kisch in the Dune miniseries Glossu Rabban (nickname The Beast) was a minor character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ...

House Corrino

Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by José Ferrer in Dune (1984) Shaddam Corrino IV is a character in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by José Ferrer in Dune (1984) The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Truthsayer is a fictional profession in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Hasimir Fenring is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... A eunuch is a castrated man; the term usually refers to those castrated in order to perform a specific social function, as was common in many societies of the past. ...

Fremen

  • Stilgar, Fremen Naib (chieftain); Stilgar is a skilled politician, but is also a "creature" of Muad'Dib in that he all but worships the young prophet.
  • Chani, Paul's beloved Fremen concubine; a devoted companion and caring mother.
  • Liet-Kynes, the half-Fremen son of the "gone native" Imperial Planetologist Pardot Kynes on Arrakis and his Fremen wife Frieth; Liet is the father of Chani, and a revered figure among the Fremen.

Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Liet-Kynes is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Pardot Kynes is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Arrakis, (derived from the Arabic name ar-rāqiṣ, the dancer, originally a star-name for Mu Draconis) later Rakis (known colloquially as Dune) is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune novels by Frank Herbert, where it is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers) and later, the...

Allusions and references to contemporary civilization

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From a historical perspective, many have noted similarities between the events of Dune, in which a foreign-born son of an old colonial order unites disparate and warring tribes of religious desert nomads to win freedom from a decaying Imperial power, and the Arab Revolt of early 20th century Middle Eastern history, in which the British liaison officer T.E. Lawrence mobilized Arab fighters to break the power of the Ottoman Turks in the Arabian peninsula. While there are many striking parallels, one of the most trivial and bizarre may be that in the film adaptations Dune (1984) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), both characters representing the old Imperial order (Emperor Shaddam IV and the Turkish Bey, respectively), are played by the actor Jose Ferrer. In his interview with OMNI, Herbert explicitly identified CHOAM with OPEC, equating the spice melange to oil (OPEC did not become notable as a political power until after the publication of the first novel). Parallels can also be drawn to the European/Asian spice trade of early modern Europe and later eras, in particular between the Spacing Guild and the Dutch East India Company. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Combatants Hashemite Arabs Great Britain Ottoman Empire Commanders Faisal T.E. Lawrence Ahmed Djemal Strength 5,000 (?) 25,000 (?) This article is about the Arab Revolt of 1916. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Thomas Edward Lawrence (August 16, 1888 – May 19, 1935), also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and (apparently, among his Arab allies) Aurens or El Aurens, became famous for his role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916–1918. ... Motto: دولت ابد مدت Devlet-i Ebed-müddet (The Eternal State) Anthem: Ottoman imperial anthem At the height of its power (1683) Capital Söğüt (1299-1326) Bursa (1326-1365) Edirne (1365-1453) Constantinople (Istanbul) (1453-1922) Language(s) Ottoman Turkish Government Monarchy Sultans  - 1281–1326 Osman I  - 1918–1922 Mehmed VI... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and containing elements from the later parts. ... Thomas Edward Lawrence (August 16, 1888 – May 19, 1935), also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and (apparently, among his Arab allies) Aurens or El Aurens, became famous for his role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916–1918. ... José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron, known as José Ferrer (January 8, 1912-January 26, 1992), was an actor and director, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. ... The Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantile or CHOAM is a fictional universal development corporation in Frank Herberts Dune universe, which is first mentioned in Dune. ... Logo The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an international organization made up of Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ... Spices at the central market of Agadir, Morocco in May 2005 The spice trade has been of major economic importance throughout human history and it particularly helped spur the Age of Exploration. ... Dutch colonial possessions, with the Dutch East India Company possessions marked in a paler green, surrounding the Indian Ocean plus Saint Helena in the mid-Atlantic. ...


Another parallel story can be found in the exploits of British General "Chinese" Gordon. In the 19th Century, the British Empire sent Gordon to administer the Sudan and its capital Khartoum on behalf of Egypt, aware that this is virtually a suicide mission. Like Leto Atreides, General Gordon, a legendary and formidable warrior of the Empire, goes willingly to his demise, confronting the Sudanese supposed "Mahdi," Muhammad Ahmad, an Islamic messianic figure who rose to power in the late 19th century. Paul Atreides is referred to as Mahdi in Dune and later novels, particularly Dune Messiah. The Mahdi's jihadist army prevails over the technologically superior Egyptian army which Gordon commanded in the Sudan, just as the inspired Fremen defeat the Harkonnens' forces and imperial troops.[7] Chinese Gordon as Governor of Sudan Major-General Charles George Gordon, CB (28 January 1833 – 26 January 1885), known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator. ... Map of Sudan with Khartoum Khartoum ( الخرطوم al-Ḫará¹­Å«m Elephant Trunk) is the capital of Sudan and of Khartoum State. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image:Mahdi3. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the Quran, its principal scripture, whose followers, known as Muslims (مسلم), believe God (Arabic: الله ) sent through revelations to Muhammad. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ...


A parallel can be found in the origins of Islam. Muhammad (Paul) was exiled from Mecca, the trade center of ancient Arabia by the Quraysh, a powerful tribe. He escaped to Medina, where he preached his religion of Islam. Many wandering tribes joined his cause, inspired by his words; this is symbolized by the Fremen joining together under Paul's banner. At last, Muhammad attacked Mecca, defeating the Quraysh and becoming the most powerful man in the Arabian Peninsula. His Bedouin Arabs became a legendary fighting force once they stopped fighting amongst themselves and began to invade other empires instead. Within several generations, they controlled most of Persia, the entire northern part of Africa and much of the Spanish peninsula. Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the Quran, its principal scripture, whose followers, known as Muslims (مسلم), believe God (Arabic: الله ) sent through revelations to Muhammad. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Mecca IPA: or Makkah IPA: (in full: Makkah al-Mukarramah IPA: ; Arabic: ‎, Turkish: Mekke) is the capital city of Saudi Arabias Makkah province, in the historic Hejaz region. ... A Bedouin man resting on a hillside at Mount Sinai Bedouin, derived from the Arabic (‎), a generic name for a desert-dweller, is a term generally applied to Arab nomadic pastoralist groups, who are found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via... For other uses of this term see: Persia (disambiguation) The Persian Empire is the name used to refer to a number of historic dynasties that have ruled the country of Persia (Iran). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa. ...


Herbert said the Bene Gesserit are modeled after his wife. In his biography of his father, Brian Herbert attributes them to his strict aunts, who were nuns. The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ...


Dune in popular culture

Dune has influenced many other science fiction works, as well as film-makers, musicians, artists, and television writers. See: Dune in popular culture for a partial list of these influences. Main article: Dune Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...


Awards and nominations

The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... See also: 1965 in literature, other events of 1966, 1967 in literature, list of years in literature. ... ...And Call Me Conrad (also known as This Immortal) is one of Roger Zelaznys earlier novels. ... Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ...

Adaptations

Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and containing elements from the later parts. ... David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... Frank Herberts Dune was a three-part miniseries based on the Dune novel by Frank Herbert. ... SCI FI (sometimes rendered Sci-Fi when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... National Lampoons Doon is a parody of Dune, written by Ellis Weiner in 1984 and published by Grafton Books (ISBN 0-586-06636-5) the following year. ...

See also

As one of the best-known and best-selling science fiction novels of all time, Dune has inspired many works both inside and outside science fiction genre. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science-fiction novels. ...

References

  1. ^ Sci-Fi bestselling novel. Retrieved on 2006-07-13.
    Locus ran a poll of readers in 15 April 1975 in which Dune "was voted the all-time best science-fiction novel...It has sold over ten million copies in numerous editions." pg 119, Touponce 1988
  2. ^ pg 119 of Touponce 1988
  3. ^ pg 264, letter by Frank Herbert to his agent Lurton Blassingame outlining "They Stopped the Moving Sands".
  4. ^ ""...Frank Herbert toyed with the story about a desert world full of hazards and riches. He plotted a short adventure novel, Spice Planet, but set the outline aside when his concept grew into something much more ambitious." pg 272 of The Road To Dune.
  5. ^ pg 263-264 of The Road to Dune
  6. ^ pg 277 of The Road to Dune
  7. ^ Basil Dearden's film Khartoum (1965) starring Charlton Heston uses baroque, stylish and brocaded uniforms are very reminiscent of the Caladan ducal-court uniforms used in the first Dune movie.
  • Touponce, William F. (1988), Frank Herbert, Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers imprint, G. K. Hall & Co, ISBN 0-8057-7514-5; PS3558.E63Z89

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... The word locus (plural loci) is Latin for place: In biology and evolutionary computation, a locus is the position of a gene (or other significant sequence) on a chromosome. ... Basil Dearden was an English film director, born Basil Dear in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, in 1911. ... Charlton Heston (right) as Gordon with Richard Johnson (left) as Colonel J.D.H. Stewart Khartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. ... Charlton Heston (born October 4, 1924) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor noted for heroic roles and his long involvement in political issues. ...

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