Freakzilla wrote:I think it was probably crucial in early space exploration. I partially blame the stagnation of the Old Empire on that... and my parents.
I tend to consider certain of Frank Herbert's non-Dune
(and non-"ConSentiency) works to perhaps take place in the very earliest days of humanity's space explorations in the Dune
universe -- among these the Destination: Void
books, The Godmakers
, etc.Destination: Void SPOILERS!
As far as the Destination: Void
books go, there is
the idea of machine-consciousness in both series. In the D:V universe, Ship becomes a god-figure, but tries to take care of the humans and allows them to evolve and persevere through the harsh environment of their planet. And Ship eventually -- when the humans prove themselves worthy and discover how to "worShip" -- takes off into the Void at the end of The Jesus Incident
, and lets the humans be. A "tough love" machine ruler, as opposed to oppressive men with machines, as suggested in Dune
There are also several other very recognizable elements from the Dune
universe in Destination: Void
, from the philosophical (the machine-consciousness debate mentioned above), to the physical (axlotl tanks are used to grow clones/ghola-precursors). The books are positively awash in Dune
Raja Lon Flattery's intense misgivings on the entire A.I.-project alone seem to point to the eventual mindset that will fuel the Butlerian Jihad in later centuries, and there are also the first steps taken on what could be the road to proto-Mentats in the novels. That all said, I don't rate the Brian Herbert/KJA version of the Jihad, however...it's the Willis McNelly/Dune Encyclopedia
version for me.