And we’re back, with Dune Talk! On this latest episode we welcome two special guests, Dominic J. Nardi and N. Trevor Brierly, editors of Discovering Dune: Essays on Frank Herbert’s Epic Saga. This 2022 collection of academic essays brings together 14 writers, with different backgrounds, to explore Dune‘s rich themes of politics, religion, ecology, and philosophy—including deep dives into several of its fascinating characters.
During this interview, Garin and Marcus dive in with questions on “Political Prescience” and “A Critical Moment”, the essays written by Dominic and Trevor respectively. How does Dune handle the paradox of prescience? What do the books tell us about religion in the Imperium? We also discuss the state of Dune scholarship and why the authors hope that this new publication will inspire others to journey deeper into Frank Herbert’s works.
This podcast (50 minutes) is available below in both video and audio formats. Enjoy and spread the word to fellow Dune fans!
Dune Talk: Episode 42 – Discovering Dune Essays
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This episode featured Discovering Dune: Essays on Frank Herbert’s Epic Saga, edited by Dominic J. Nardi and N. Trevor Brierly. For more information, including where to buy, see our earlier announcement regarding this collection of Dune essays published by McFarland (2022).
Thanks to both of our special guests, Dominic (@NardiViews) and Trevor (@ntbrierly), for sharing their deep knowledge regarding scholarship of Frank Herbert’s Dune saga, as well as these books’ themes of politics and religion. Stay tuned for interviews with other writers, in future episodes of Dune Talk.
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Special thanks goes out to Ashton GIeckman for music and Sheldon Lee for voice overs.