Dune is the famous science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It’s been 50 years since the novel was launched and is considered as one of the best science fiction novels in the history. The novel remains as the best-selling science fiction book till date. The novel is about the young Paul Atreides whose family relocate to Arrakis, a planet which is the only source of the spice melange in the universe. The course of humanity has been dealt very well in this novel. It explores the complex interactions of religion, politics, technology, ecology, and human emotion. The novel was appreciated by the people all over the world and has won the Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards for the Best Novel.
The novel is the inspiration for a film by David Lynch and a couple of mini-series streamed in the Sci-Fi Channel of the US. It is also a source of inspiration for a few computer games and a series of a novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson combined. David Lynch worked on the first film of Dune over six months when he was approached to direct the film. The film was released in 1984 amidst high expectations. Though the film was not as expected, the author of the novel appreciated the good work of Lynch. The author himself agreed that the novel would be difficult for a complete picturization.
The miniseries which was broadcasted in the Sci-Fi Channel was received well by the audiences. It was named as Frank Herbert’s Dune and was telecasted in three parts. It was directed by John Harrison and produced by Blixa Film Production, New Amsterdam Entertainment, and Hallmark Entertainment Distribution. The director of the miniseries made some changes in the way the characters are depicted in the novel. The main character of the novel, Paul Atreides, was shown to be in adulthood from the start of the series. This is not the case with the original novel. There are many such differences to note in the miniseries. The miniseries won the Emmy Awards in the year 2001 for the best cinematography and visual effects. The critics greatly appreciated the good works of the director.
When talking about games, the Lost Souls online game has the Dune adapted components in them like sandworms and melange. It is a text-based game which will have a medieval fantasy world with the role-playing mode. The skill system will be based on various character attributes like strength, dexterity and charisma and the specialization points will be based on these attribute’s values. Some of the other games include the card games, board games, and video games.
Dune seems to influence many of the famous albums. The American progressive metal band adapted a song based on the novel and released their Black Clouds and Silver Linings album. The German band, happy hardcore, released many albums that were based on the space travel since the novel was out. The Tales from the Twilight World album was based on the vision of the future and the past by the leading character of the novel. Some of the albums use the phrases in the novel. These include the Near Fantastica song Avalanche album, Weapon of Choice from the Fatboy Slim album. In addition, the musician from Canadian, Claire Boucher, has expressed her liking towards the novel. She has made most of her albums based on the novel. The novel has completely changed the perception of a science-fiction. The novel proved that it can make a great deal of changes in the society and culture.
The sequels of the novel had a great impact as the novel. They were authored by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson as mentioned earlier. The sequels concluded the entire series of Dune and was based on the notes by the author of the novel. The Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune were the sequels of the novel and are as interesting as the original novel. Some readers complain about the loss of essence and originality that was found in the novel.
As mentioned earlier, Dune focussed on various elements of life. The novel addresses the politics involved in the humanity. The series has been made available as the graphic novel to suit the modern world. It has been received with the mixed response. Some people claim that the artworks involved is pretty good and is successful in capturing the amazing looks of the film. The visualizations that are hard to showcase have been done in an appealing and interesting manner. The graphic form of the novel has major parts from the novel with many dialogs and it will make the reading great. The series preserves the essence of the author’s perspective so the new graphic novel has scored well among the readers. But certain reviews are mixed on the graphic novels. According to them, these new forms of the novel have messed up the sequentials and the original thrill is missing in the new forms.
The novel series have been collectively categorized under the Collective Dune Universe. This is described by the author of Dune, Frank Herbert, and his heirs are the prime authorities of the novel and its series. This collective dune universe comprises of the original six novels by the author plus the prequel novels by the two authors, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J Anderson. It also contains the Dune Encyclopedia written by Wills E McNelly, a close associate of Frank Herbert. The authorization have been made official, but the discrepancies do exist. There are many claims about these works and the major discrepancy is associated with the Dune Encyclopedia. Though this was published by McNelly with the prior knowledge of Frank Herbert, the author made contradictory statements on the works of McNelly in the later times.