Monday, January 24, 2011

Reposted: Trying to Exit the Dreadful 17th Street Universe

**Updated 11:08PM 6/16/2014: Substantial content has been removed from this entry -- so much so that it renders the blog title problematic. However, it is better that way.**

OK, this entry is a reposting of my current Arcturus blog entry. I still intend to take that blog down at some point.  

Actually, this is Eldric, the Guild Navigator, in Frank Herbert's Dune Universe, as portrayed in the 1984 epic film Dune.


It's actually the truly disgusting and psychotic Baron Harkonnen as portrayed by the late actor Kenneth McMillan in the 1984 film version of Frank Herbert's sprawling Dune saga, and the Youtube clip is the trailer of the 1984 film version. I love the opening monologue given by Princess Irulan as portrayed by Virginia Madsen.

"The beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10,191. In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire Universe. The planet is Arrakis, also known as DUNE."

Herbert wrote this back in the 1960s when it really wasn't fully appreciated the existence of galaxies as "island universes" separated by vast distances from each other -- and thus the utter, effectively infinite, immensity of the total Universe.

Also, the year 10,191 refers to the Dune "Guild" calendar -- and corresponds to about AD 21,266.

I love the concept of the future -- esp. the really long term to far future (i.e. centuries to millennia hence) and how the world will be. Of course, depending on the epoch, it could be something so alien and scary that you wouldn't want to be in that reality.


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