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Re: Why so late?

Postby Freakzilla » 10 May 2010 20:23

The Pandora world that FH writes about is the last of multiple evolutionary timelines and if it is isolated it may as well be a seperate universe.

The only way I saw it as fitting into the Dune universe is in the developement of AI.
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Re: Why so late?

Postby A Thing of Eternity » 10 May 2010 20:39

Definitely seperate, all those alien races in the Consentiency books wouldn't have just vanished without a trace in a mere 40 thousand years, that's simply impossible.

Sorry, not trying to rain on your parade, but it just doesn't work.
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Re: Why so late?

Postby Lionel Horsepackage » 10 May 2010 20:54

It's cool, but the prime Destination: Void universe is actually separate from the "ConSentiency" universe.
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Re: Why so late?

Postby SimonH » 10 May 2010 22:11

A Thing of Eternity wrote:Definitely seperate, all those alien races in the Consentiency books wouldn't have just vanished without a trace in a mere 40 thousand years, that's simply impossible.

Sorry, not trying to rain on your parade, but it just doesn't work.


Could the Consentiency books fit a time way after Chapterhouse dune?
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Re: Why so late?

Postby SandChigger » 10 May 2010 22:44

Aren't some of the alien species from planets well within the borders of the Imperium? (I don't have any of those books on hand at the moment and the articles on Wikipedia don't seem to mention any homeworlds. ???)
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Re: Why so late?

Postby A Thing of Eternity » 10 May 2010 23:17

Lionel Horsepackage wrote:It's cool, but the prime Destination: Void universe is actually separate from the "ConSentiency" universe.


Yes, I wasn't meaning to imply that those two were related in any way.
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Re: Why so late?

Postby Kensai » 26 Jun 2010 11:52

I think its safe to say that Franks other series were seperate, and only conected by their themes. I think if Frank Herbert was going to do a book about the origins of Dune and the TBJ he would have done it. Personally I think Frank intentionally made TBJ vague, there is a lot of power in mystique. But I like the DE's version of TBJ, well much better than the cheesy Matrix/Terminator meets Star Wars abortion KJA and BH made. I definately think it was a philosophical strugle over an actual war between man and machine (in the Terminator sense). I think TBJ was indeed a conflict, but a conflict between people and people and their machines (people with machines and capitolizing on the complacency of the general populatiom using the machines or something like that). Some of you guys have been questioning the logistics of such a conflict (how a minority anti-machine orginization could win), but it clearly had a religious element, and religion spreads. I imagine the old Empire was much more cynical than the "Modern Day" Dune with people putting faith in machines before god. But maybe something terrible happend that made people turn to their gods (the Fox Hole Atheist argument, caused by the men with machines going too far and becoming more overt/A natural disaster/Something fabricated by the Jihadis?), then become infected by the religious propergated anti-machine thought?

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Re: Why so late?

Postby Freakzilla » 26 Jun 2010 12:45

"The target of the Jihad was a machine-attitude as much as the machines," Leto
said. "Humans had set those machines to usurp our sense of beauty, our necessary
selfdom out of which we make living judgments. Naturally, the machines were
destroyed."

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Re: Why so late?

Postby MrFlibble » 27 Jun 2010 11:24

Yeah ^^

In fact, there are just enough hints and implicit information in Frank's books to figure out that the Butlerian Jihad was something completely different from the cheap Star Wars: The Clone Wars ripoff presented by our magnificent duo [honestly, the Legends books are unreadable; I've stopped after a few pages, where every 5th paragraph (oh, and each paragraph is only 4-5 sentences long at best) was a recounting of what just happened, or at least started with a Captain Obvious-statement (guess KJA has to remind himself what he's talking about while dictahiking his stuff, like, "Where was I?.. Right, ok, so, the cymeks..." etc. etc. ad nauseum)].
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Re: Why so late?

Postby Freakzilla » 27 Jun 2010 11:44

MrFlibble wrote:Yeah ^^

(oh, and each paragraph is only 4-5 sentences long at best) was a recounting of what just happened, or at least started with a Captain Obvious-statement (guess KJA has to remind himself what he's talking about while dictahiking his stuff, like, "Where was I?.. Right, ok, so, the cymeks..." etc. etc. ad nauseum)].


Their writing reminds me of the essays I had to write in school for Creative writing 101 where the teacher told you, "I don't care what you write about or even if it's accurate, just make sure you have and intro paragraph, a body and a conclusion, make sure your paragraphs have the proper sentances in each, too."
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Re: Why so late?

Postby georgiedenbro » 13 Aug 2014 11:13

SandChigger wrote:Why does it take humankind 11,000 years to rid itself of the crutch of computers and AI?

Was AI a relatively new development that pushed the situation to a crisis?

Or were there other factors in it?

What do you think? ;)


SandChigger wrote:So you both think that stagnation was also one of the factors behind the Butlerian Jihad?


I also think that stagnation was what principally led to the BJ, just as it did for Muad'dib's jihad.

Dune wrote:He remained silent, thinking like the seed he was, thinking with the race
consciousness he had first experienced as terrible purpose. He found that he no
longer could hate the Bene Gesserit or the Emperor or even the Harkonnens. They
were all caught up in the need of their race to renew its scattered inheritance,
to cross and mingle and infuse their bloodlines in a great new pooling of genes.
And the race knew only one sure way for this--the ancient way, the tried and
certain way that rolled over everything in its path: jihad.


This, to me, is an almost direct allusion to the BJ being the last instance of a jihad caused by the race consciousness recognized by the BG and then by Paul (and probably by some others). This race consciousness is simply the revolt of the human spirit against stagnation and in systemization controlling life. The reason why I take the BJ to be the jihad being referred to as "tried and certain" is because so far any jihad or crusade we've seen on Earth cannot possibly be classified as "tried and certain" in terms of the success of its results. And if there had been a monumental jihad between now and the BJ then Frank obviously didn't deem it worth mentioning. I conclude that this passage refers to the BJ specifically.

The answer to why it took 11,000 years for mankind to decide to crusade against machines must be that that's exactly how long it took before all the expansion and novelty came to a close and things settled. Whether things in the Old Empire settled into a real unmoving stagnation, or whether things continued to change but in completely predictable patterns, probably wouldn't have mattered much to Frank in terms of effective difference. Don't forget that it wasn't the existence of machines that would cause a revolt, it was the stagnation that finally came that did it. Thousands of years of having computers, star charting, etc, wouldn't have given rise to any desire as a species to revolt - thus there was no 'slowness' in finally getting around to destroying machines. But once man realized his entire life was being run in machine-like regularity, organized in an unchanging schedule, and that there were no surprises anymore, the 'machine-thinking' that this entails would lead man to concretize his slavishness into the machines themselves being responsible. But in reality the problem was man, who wanted life to become more and more convenient and simplified. By revolting against the physical machines man also revolted against machine-thinking, systemization, and to giving the thinking mind over to any other force that would think for it. I see all too often today people 'losing their brains' in their Ipads, and it is emotionally tempting for me to blame the Ipads for it and wish they'd all go out the window. But at the same time I must recognize that it is the user's choice that allows the Ipad to dominate one's attention, as evidenced by the fact that I don't have one. :snooty: If I was going to mount a crusade against "flushing your brain down the toilet" I might well start by banning Ipads, even though they are a symptom and not the cause.

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"People aren't concerned with love; it's too disordered. They prefer despotism.
Too much freedom breeds chaos
. We can't have that, can we? And how do you make
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the legal casuistry, the precedents of convenience. You'll find the serenity,
which is just another word for death.
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Re: Why so late?

Postby lotek » 14 Aug 2014 05:01

Freakzilla wrote:
MrFlibble wrote:Yeah ^^

(oh, and each paragraph is only 4-5 sentences long at best) was a recounting of what just happened, or at least started with a Captain Obvious-statement (guess KJA has to remind himself what he's talking about while dictahiking his stuff, like, "Where was I?.. Right, ok, so, the cymeks..." etc. etc. ad nauseum)].


Their writing reminds me of the essays I had to write in school for Creative writing 101 where the teacher told you, "I don't care what you write about or even if it's accurate, just make sure you have and intro paragraph, a body and a conclusion, make sure your paragraphs have the proper sentances in each, too."


That is so on the mark.
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