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A stone burner is an atomic weapon or fusion bomb in the Dune fictional universe, the explosion and radiation of which could be precisely adjusted. The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ...

Atomic weapons in the Dune series of stories were almost never used against humans, as that violated the Great Convention. Yet a number of Great Houses as well as the Imperial House kept them as weapons/bluffs of last resort in their wars, mostly as political bargaining chips allowing a defeated House to flee into a safe exile. Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...

Actual use of these weapons against humans was considered a terrible crime, often subjecting the offending State, House, or user to total extermination.

It was hinted in the Dune Encyclopedia that atomic weapons were invented in the remote human past, perhaps 30,000 years before the term "stone burner" was first commonly used. Their first recorded use was on Earth by a legendary state called the House of Washington. The House of Washington is known to have invented a kind of primitive stone burner called a neutron bomb that prevented battlefields from being totally destroyed by atomic weapons. It emitted a neutron shower and a very minimal explosion, thus in theory preserving cities and buildings while killing off an opposing army. The Dune Encyclopedia is a collection of essays written by fans of Frank Herberts Dune novels. ... Earth, also known as Terra, and Tellus mostly in the 19th century, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ... A legend (Latin, legenda, things to be read) is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government  â€¢ President  â€¢ Vice President Federal republic George... A neutron bomb is a type of nuclear weapon invented by Samuel Cohen specifically designed to release a relatively large portion of its energy as energetic neutron radiation. ...

As noted, atomic weapons were rarely used, and it is thought that the collapse of the House of Steel, a onetime rival to the House of Washington, was due to the House of Steel's fear that neutron bombs would destroy their armies. Amusingly, within the Dune universe, a number of scholars believe that the stories of the House of Washington and House of Steel are just tall tales, pointing to the improbability that states restricted to single continents on one planet could have such economic or military power. State motto (Russian): Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) (Translated: Workers of the world, unite!) Capital Moscow Official language None; Russian (de facto) Government Federation of Socialist republics/ Communist state Area  - Total  - % water Largest on the planet 22,402,200 km² ?% Population  - Total  - Density 3rd before collapse 293,047,571 (July...

There are also reports that the House of Steel practiced a very centralized economic system supported by a bloated bureaucracy. Some writers think that the House of Steel would have caved in eventually, and point out that communistic economic systems tend to fail, with only a few exceptions such as the insurance industry and private or religious philanthropy. Historians still thus argue over the significance of the neutron bomb.

It is also related in the Dune books that humans kept atomic weapons because they feared that an alien civilization might someday be found. Similar themes of a mysterious "great enemy" are hinted at in the Dune series. The "great enemy" also may have been of robotic origin, such as intelligent computers, or some say a form of nanotechnological "life", or an advanced empire run by improved Face Dancers. Face Dancers are a type of human in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ...

Atomic weapons were used twice in the reign of Paul Atreides, the Mentat Emperor. Paul Atreides used one such bomb to blast a pass through a wild desert range called the Shield Wall. Later in his reign, a stone burner was used in an attempt to kill him. He survived but was blinded for the rest of his life. Paul Atreides, portrayed by Alec Newman in the Dune miniseries Paul Atreides 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. ... An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. ...

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