DUNE TALK: Real-world Influences of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ – Interview With Tom Huddleston

Tom Huddleston is our special guest on this week’s Dune Talk, where we’re diving into his new book The Worlds of Dune! This gorgeous hardcover release looks at actual locations and people that inspired Frank Herbert as he researched and wrote his first Dune novel. Garin, Marcus, and Mark get into these historical revelations, including its more controversial themes. What was Herbert’s perspective eugenics and psychedelics? How were the Fremen informed by both Arabic and Native American cultures, and are some of those influences being downplayed today?

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Dune Talk: Episode 58 – The Worlds of Dune

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Show Notes

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Tom Huddleston’s The Worlds of Dune: The Places and Cultures that Inspired Frank Herbert, published on September 26, 2023, explores the many real-world influences that went into creating the original Dune novel. This visually-appealing hardcover book, with a wealth of full-color photos, offers readers an enjoyable and insightful trek through history.

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Special thanks goes out to Ashton GIeckman for music and Sheldon Lee for voice overs.