Dune.

July 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

I was a cynic, a doubter, a scoffer, a mocker, a belittler, a naysayer, a raised eyebrower, a pooh pooh-er even. In short: Deborah didn’t do sci-fi.

For no particular reason. Perhaps my Christian upbringing where even the existence of dinosaurs was a murky grey area I never got a straight answer to. If ancient terrestrial vertebrates were considered to be voodoo then aliens and robots and – gasp – alternative worldviews and explanations for reality were sheer devilry. So I read Little House on the Prairie books which we all know are one hundred per cent morally infallible.

I was thusly taken aback at the humanity and goodness of Herbert’s Dune. It is, above all, a story about family, the acceptance of unbidden responsibility and an identity you’re not sure you want. So there are killer sandworms, prescient Mentats and a strange female breeding-programme. But otherwise, it deals with normal, established, traditional themes and issues.

Yeah, my fearful, eternally guilty, seven year old self thinks I’m going to hell for reading it. But my wised-up, who gives a sh*t, today-self thought it was a rollicking good yarn and I pooh-pooh the sci-fi no longer.

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§ 4 Responses to Dune.

  • Allie says:

    Mmmm. Dune. ❤

    Science fiction kind of destroyed my life when I was a kid. I read a lot of futuristic sci-fi, which more or less had me fearful of a dystopian, robot-run adulthood.

    I'm better now. I think. @_@

    Another good series was Chung Kuo. It's kind of obscure, as in no one knows when I'm talking about when I start babbling excitedly and jumping up and down, but it was a really great series that really hit me hard as a teenager.

    What other sci-fi series have you read?

    • I haven’t read any other science-fiction series – Dune was the beginning of my interest in it, after many years thinking it wasn’t for me or I wouldn’t “relate” to it.

      Have you any recommendations? Anything with interesting female characters? I’ll look up Chung Kuo, obscure is good 🙂

  • I thought you had read Ursula K Le Guin?

  • I have but only after I read Dune. I had seen her at readings and admired her from afar but only recently read her work.

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