The Science of Dune: Biology


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert's "Dune," the game-changing 1965 sci-fi novel full 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.

The Science of Dune: Biology

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert's "Dune," the game-changing 1965 sci-fi novel full 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 life cycle of the sandworm, mentats and the power of the spice.

Image Credit: 'Sands of Arrakis' by Anna Podedworna (AKA akreon on Deviant Art)

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). We also featured the ambient track 'Dune Sandworm Ride' by Cheesy Nirvosa/Crysknife007.

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Outside Content:

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Topics in this Podcast: biology, monsters, science fiction, drugs, Dune