How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World

by Rachel Baker on July 7, 2015

One of the best memories I have of my father is watching the movie Dune with him. The movie is one of the worst movies EVER, but he absolutely loved it and watched it every time it came on. A few years ago, I read the book for the first time in its entirity. It was on the bookshelf when I was a kid and I tried to start reading it, but I could never really understand what it was I was reading.

I loved the book more than I loved the memory of watching the shitty movie with my dad. It was an awesome story about an ecology that was in jeapordy and the lengths a society would go through to save their planet. Super cool.

The article below is a look at Dune at 50 and how the story changed the world.

Read More: Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world .

In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, you might have encountered a burly, bearded extrovert, striding about in Ray-Ban Aviators and practical army surplus clothing. Frank Herbert, a freelance writer with a feeling for ecology, was researching a magazine story about a US Department of Agriculture programme to stabilise the shifting sands by introducing European beach grass. Pushed by strong winds off the Pacific, the dunes moved eastwards, burying everything in their path. Herbert hired a Cessna light aircraft to survey the scene from the air. “These waves [of sand] can be every bit as devastating as a tidal wave … they’ve even caused deaths,” he wrote in a pitch to his agent. Above all he was intrigued by the idea that it might be possible to engineer an ecosystem, to green a hostile desert landscape.

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