Children of Dune: an Epic Story

This past week-end I took time to watch one of the most interesting and beautifully filmed SciFi  saga Children of Dune. The Dune books I read in my teens. Then I was very interested in SciFi. Nowadays I mostly look at good SciFi films and rarely read books in that genre. I still have the Dune books stashed somewhere in the attic.

The first book Dune (1965) is set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdom are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and the  scion of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. The story explores the complex and multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the Empire confront each other for control of Arrakis and its “spice”

The sequel to the series Dune is Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, a three-part miniseries based on the novels Dune Messiah (1969) and Children of Dune (1976).
Twelve years have passed since Paul Atreides, called by the Fremen by the name of Muad’Dib, had become Emperor at the end of  Frank Herbert’s Dune by seizing control of the planet  Arrakis and forcing a union with the former Emperor’s daughter, the Princess Irulan. Paul is at the hight of his political and religious power as Muad’Dib. He foresees the future and realises he has to disappear to let fate take its course. After his concubine Chani dies giving birth to the twin children, he walks into the desert leaving them in the care of his sister Alia.

Years after, when the twins Leto and Ghanima are adults, “The Preacher” surfaces in the capital, speaking out against the decline of Paul’s religion into ritualism, but Alia resists having him killed because she shares the popular belief that he is in fact a returned Paul. Different plots are being concocted to kill the twins and bring down the house of Atreides. With Alia’s madness reaches its peak, civil war threatens Arakis. Leto foreseeing the future, unlike his father, chooses the Golden Path, to begin a destined transformation into something that can prevent humanity’s potential destruction in the far future. He faces his fear in de desert storm by calling out:

“I will not fear,
Fear is the mind killer.
I will face my fear,
I will let it pass through me.”

He encounters The Preacher, whose identity as Paul is confirmed. Leto’s prescient visions have convinced him that he must lead mankind along what he calls “the Golden Path,” a plan that will ensure humanity’s ultimate survival.  

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,August 10, 2010.

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