From the Vault: Dune Biology

Sands of Arrakis by Anna Podedworna (AKA akreon on Deviant Art)

Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune" is a game-changing saga of space-age feudalistic intrigue, rampaging sandworms and prescient mind drugs on a desert world. Even today, the work resonates with scientific wonder and philosophical intrigue, so join Robert and Joe for a two-part exploration of the science of "Dune." In this episode, explore the lifecycle of the sandworm, mentats and the power of the spice. (Originally published Oct. 1, 2015)

Music Credit: The sampled tracks on this episode stem from Roly Porter's 2011 Dune-inspired album 'Aftertime,' released by Subtext Recordings. Learn more about Porter and his music at his homepage. You can stream 'Aftertime' over at Spotify, or purchase a copy at your favorite music supplier (here's Amazon).

Related Content:

From the Vault: Dune Technology (podcast)

Monster of the Week: The Sandworms of 'Dune'

Monster of the Week: Face Dancers of 'Dune'

Space Music: Roly Porter, Tleilaxu and Dune Music

Space Music: Bernard Szajner's 'Visions of Dune'

Outside Content:

'The Dune Encyclopedia'

'The Science of Dune'

Topics in this Podcast: Dune, biology, From the Vault