Frank Herbert’s Dune is considered a classic of science fiction, an epic novel that has legions of fans.
I didn’t care for it. Most of the book seemed to be people thinking about what other people were thinking and knowing those people knew they were thinking about what they were thinking about, plus what looked a lot like space drug addiction. Then there was a coup in the last 50 pages or so. Also, on the podcast recently, Watson seemed to not know what it was.
Well, I found someone to explain the story for people who don’t know it and lack the time to read an 8,000 or so page novel. See it behind the cut. May contain harsh language.
Most geeks first experienced seeing Patrick Stewart in the role of the very un-Kirkish Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart had been an actor for years at this point, having been trained as a Shakespearean actor who played the London stage in tights that looked every sillier than the spandex uniforms he was asked to don for the first two years as Picard (Gene Roddenberry’s death allowed the producers to switch to more comfortable wool uniforms later in the series run). Later on, he played a character that sheer dumb luck was designed to look exactly like him, Professor Charles Xavier. Ask a number of geek fans if they know any other role he’s done, and they might be hard-pressed to name something.
Geek Love is not misplaced in this instance. We should love Patrick Stewart if for no other reason than he seems to be having fun most of the time, and he may very well be up for anything.