Dune contains one of the most vivid, complex, detailed worlds of any book I’ve read. The cultures and societies, governments organizations and religions, all of it works together to make for a rich, dense experience.
When I first read Dune, I was still coming out of my religious phase, and the author seemed to be saying all the things I wanted to hear: that religions were constructions, built and designed to control people. That you should use your mind and your own inner strength. That history holds more secrets than we will ever know. I wonder if I read it again if I would interpret some of these things in the same way.
Thinking about this book as a writer leaves me both intimidated and inspired. To think that one man created such a world is astonishing to me, I see it as one of the many peaks of a mountain I never expect to reach the top of. It’s nice to have something to reach for, though.
Lastly, The Litany Against Fear is something that really stuck with me, and I find myself saying at least the opening lines to myself sometimes still, when I feel anxious or worried:
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.