Figures.<br><br>That book was astonishingly gripping to me. From the opening paragraphs it seems I was continually thinking "oh, God no", and that can't be going to happen", and "please don't say that's happening"...I can vividly remember feeling my face being screwed up in response to the words I read.<br><br>Such an overwhelming narrative. Great book. *phew* <br><br>
I haven't seen the Dune movie nor have I read the books..guess I'll have to get them. Never heard of the foundation ones either..which comes first?<br><br><br>[color:red]Don't make me open this on you!</font color=red><br>
Dune series (now up to 6 books by the original author, Frank Herbert, and four or five by his son because Frank died) is pretty spectacular, involving a galactic struggle to control the "spice," called melange, which does all sorts of wonderful things, including enabling interstellar flight because of its effect on the time/space sense of people who use it. It geets into a very mystical place, as the effects of melange coincide with the "breeding" program of a sort of religious organization, which is trying to bring to birth the "Kwisatz Haderach" (I think that's how you spell it), who is a kind of Messiah figure.<br><br>The Foundation series, five or six books, is by Isaac Assimov, and is about the plans to ensure the survival of humanity by means of a very advanced social science, based in the "Foundation." It gets very complicated, but to describe the complications would give away some of the plot, which would be just wrong.<br><br>Both series are really essential sci-fi reading, I think.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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I have always called the Foundation series a "trilogy" because Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation were written in 1951 and 1952. It contained theories that are now taken as basic everyday truths.<br>I didn't read the later ones.<br>I agree that Dune is very entertaining. <br><br>
Nice stil suit there, Sherm! . Actually, I thought the theatrical Dune release was pathetic. Over-produced and downright hokey, and especialy diappointing if you've read the books. But surprisingly, there was a TV miniseries that aired a couple of years ago that I thought was actually quite good. The story was interpreted in such a way that prior knowledge wasn't needed to understand it.<br><br>Adapting the SciFi classics hgas never been easy. Martian Chronicles (also a TVG miniseries a/b 15+ years ago was just plain embarrassing.<br><br>
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Well I have been watching this thread all day. I just have to point out the obvious that all of you are missing. My Gawd! there are lots of good looking guys in that movie! Some of them in skimpy clothes. Just surprised none of you noticed.<br><br><br>
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