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In this analysis of the bestselling science fiction adventure of all time, authors explore all aspects of Dune, including the fascinating scientific speculations ranging from physics and chemistry to ecology and evolution, from human psychology and mental potential to technology and genetics. Authors and experts examine what Herbert gets right and what he gets wrong, how l In this analysis of the bestselling science fiction adventure of all time, authors explore all aspects of Dune, including the fascinating scientific speculations ranging from physics and chemistry to ecology and evolution, from human psychology and mental potential to technology and genetics. Authors and experts examine what Herbert gets right and what he gets wrong, how lasguns might work and if Bene Gesserit and mentat capabilities are possible. The book also takes a look at whether the ecology of Dune is realistic or if itOCOs theoretically possible to get information from the future. Could humans really evolve as Herbert suggests? How can one build a windtrap or a stillsuit?"


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In this analysis of the bestselling science fiction adventure of all time, authors explore all aspects of Dune, including the fascinating scientific speculations ranging from physics and chemistry to ecology and evolution, from human psychology and mental potential to technology and genetics. Authors and experts examine what Herbert gets right and what he gets wrong, how l In this analysis of the bestselling science fiction adventure of all time, authors explore all aspects of Dune, including the fascinating scientific speculations ranging from physics and chemistry to ecology and evolution, from human psychology and mental potential to technology and genetics. Authors and experts examine what Herbert gets right and what he gets wrong, how lasguns might work and if Bene Gesserit and mentat capabilities are possible. The book also takes a look at whether the ecology of Dune is realistic or if itOCOs theoretically possible to get information from the future. Could humans really evolve as Herbert suggests? How can one build a windtrap or a stillsuit?"

30 review for The Science of Dune: Unauthorized Exploration Into the Real Science Behind Frank Herbert's Fictional Universe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wilfredo Rodríguez Dotti

    As a fan of the Dune saga, I must say that unfortunately this book is not what I expected. It's composed of some interesting essays on interstellar travel that occur in the universe of Dune, as well as on the different ecological systems of different planets, etc... not that it's a bad book in itself, but being composed of several essays by different authors makes it lack a unifying tone, some essays have a humorous touch, while others have a somewhat narrower focus. In any case, I find this book As a fan of the Dune saga, I must say that unfortunately this book is not what I expected. It's composed of some interesting essays on interstellar travel that occur in the universe of Dune, as well as on the different ecological systems of different planets, etc... not that it's a bad book in itself, but being composed of several essays by different authors makes it lack a unifying tone, some essays have a humorous touch, while others have a somewhat narrower focus. In any case, I find this book somewhat informative. Maybe the problem is that I had high expectations about it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Csilla

    This is a good read for Dune fans with an interest in science, and who wonder about the scientific possibility of folding space, breeding superhumans, or creating gholas. It's a collection of essays by different authors, so you can read cover-to-cover or pick and choose your topics. In the interest of full disclosure, I wrote two of the essays. But I would have read this book anyway, since I'm a huge Dune fan. This is a good read for Dune fans with an interest in science, and who wonder about the scientific possibility of folding space, breeding superhumans, or creating gholas. It's a collection of essays by different authors, so you can read cover-to-cover or pick and choose your topics. In the interest of full disclosure, I wrote two of the essays. But I would have read this book anyway, since I'm a huge Dune fan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James M. Madsen, M.D.

    I found the essays in this collection to be somewhat uneven and sometimes shallow, but there are exceptions, and the chapter about the likelihood and conditions of life on the planets that Herbert postulated to orbit real stars in our universe is one of them. It's definitely worth plunking yourself down in a Barnes & Noble or a Borders just to read this chapter alone! I found the essays in this collection to be somewhat uneven and sometimes shallow, but there are exceptions, and the chapter about the likelihood and conditions of life on the planets that Herbert postulated to orbit real stars in our universe is one of them. It's definitely worth plunking yourself down in a Barnes & Noble or a Borders just to read this chapter alone!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bahman Naraghi

    Not really what I was hoping for in terms of exploring the science of Dune. Interesting essays on the state of the art (as it existed in 2008), but not terribly exciting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Opalenik

    Just like any book that has multiple contributions by multiple authors, it was a bit hit or miss. If you're a fan of Dune, this book definitely goes into the science behind some of the questions you've likely asked yourself while reading. Just like any book that has multiple contributions by multiple authors, it was a bit hit or miss. If you're a fan of Dune, this book definitely goes into the science behind some of the questions you've likely asked yourself while reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fresno Bob

    you better really like Dune if you are going to read this

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Boursaw

    very good.

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    Steven

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    Fred Lusk

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    Victor Shelley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annette Hernandez

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tekuarba

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Balanzar Torres

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica V Ismoilov

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dino Fioriti

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carson

  17. 5 out of 5

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    David M.

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    Tom

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacylynn K. Cottle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Szekeres András

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Adams

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig Bateman

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    Mike Feldman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patti

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Gernetzky

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nima

  30. 4 out of 5

    Guy

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