posted on Mar, 25 2007 @ 08:18 PM
There are some similarities between Dune and the Middle East and Islam. Herbert borrowed some of the words and ideas from those cultures, as you have
noted. Also, much of the story takes place in lands similar to the Mideast, i.e. desert.
The original Dune was written in 1965, so unless Frank Herbert had been taking copious amounts of Arrakis spice, I don't think he foresaw Saddam or
the current war
He may very well have foreseen trouble in the region at the time he was writing, and written accordingly, as that would hardly
have been a stretch of the imagination at the time, given the political situation between Israel and the various Arab countries in the mideast.
I don't remember an 'emperor shaddam' in the book, but it was at least 10 years since I read Dune, so it may well have been there, rather than a
name concocted for the movie. Wasn't the main villain the Baron Harkonnen, or something like that? The guy who was so fat he had to wear an
antigravity levitation device to move?
I'll have to reread the Dune series someday. I read up to about book 3 or 4 many years ago, but I could never find a copy of the next one, so I
abandoned it. I've read a couple other Herbert books, The White Plague, and The Godmakers. White Plague was really good, and the Godmakers was kind
of weird, but okay. Neither as good as Dune, though.