Dune Genesis

This essay was originally published in the July 1980 issue of Omni Magazine. It has never been reprinted, and most DUNE fans have not had the opportunity to read Frank Herbert’s description of creatinghis masterpiece.


»I wrote the Dune Saga because I had this idea that charismatic leaders ought to come with the warning label ‚May Be Dangerous To Your Health’«

Frank Hebert

»The mistakes (of leaders) are amplified by the numbers who follow them without question. Charismatic leaders tend to build up followings, power structures and these power structures tend to be taken over by people who are corruptible. I don’t think that the old saw about ‚power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely‘ is accurate: I think power attracts the corruptible.«

Frank Herbert

»Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.«

Dune, Frank Herbert

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