Written by writers who are scientists by training. Each article have references to sources cited, and attempts to relate the scifi in Dune to current known science.

Shows that Dune, and the related series, cover a wide range of “real-enough” science. From genetic selection and engineering, to reconstructive surgery, quantum physics (prescience/ prophesy), biology (sandworms), ecology, planetary science/ astrophysics, anthropology, political science, psychology and neurology (hallucingenics), engineering (stillsuits).

The Science of Dune: An Unauthorized Exploration into the Real Science behind Frank Herbert's Fictional Universe (Science of Pop Culture series)
ISBN: 1933771283

P1. On Melange, and relating it to real-world hallucingens; LSD experiments (see Hofmann A., “LSD: My problem child”).

P21. The science behind the human eye (Tleilaxu eye-tech).

P29. Possible biology of the Arrakis sandworm (and relationships between sand trout, sand plankton).

P52. The science and mechanics behind movement of sand dunes.

P62. 1960s Russian Institute of Cytology and Genetics: programme to study the genetics of destination by breeding silver foxes for tameness; resultant breed was remarkably dog-like in terms of behaviour.

P68. “when the first Dune book was written in 1965, genetics and the role of deoxyribonucleic (DNA) in the genetic basis of heredity were the hot topics of the day.”

P89. A quick lesson on classification of stars (Herzsprung-Russell diagram).

P141. author concludes the many current technological possibilities of a Freman Stillsuit.

P183. On Special and General Relativity. Clear and lucid explanations for the layperson.

P224. Ascension Island, and an early terraforming proposal (before the term was coined) by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1847, for the British Admiralty. Some plans in the proposal worked better than others (with similar consequences as what Jared Diamond points out in “Collapse”, i.e. loss of native wildlife).

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