Breakwall in Burlington Harbor, Vermont

“Once, man turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free.  But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a man’s mind.”

Frank Herbert’s Dune, 1965

I’m currently reading the first of six books in the Dune series.  Why watch a movie when you can read a 500+ page book, right? 😉  I was particularly struck by this quote when taken in context of the world we live in today.

I started this book years ago  as a teenager and couldn’t get through the first few chapters.  It’s a different writing style than I had become accustomed to reading Asimov, Heinlein and Bradbury.  It took me a while to get into it, but now that I’m over halfway through I think I’ve gotten the hang of it.  Will I read the rest of the series?  Likely, but no rush!

4 thoughts on “Prescience?”

  1. Well, I watched the current version of the movie and really enjoyed it. Made me want to take that deep dive into the book. Like you I started it many years ago but couldn’t get thru the first 100 pages. It’s one of those book I would like to HAVE read rather than having to plow through it now. We’ll see.

    1. I have a hard time imagining how the movie would compare to the book. A lot of the action scenes would work, but so much of it is psychological I don’t know how well it would translate. We’re not big moving watchers, but after I finish the book it might be interesting to watch, just to see how they did it.

  2. Never read the series or even started on it. Still does not interest me. Listening to you two I’m not sure I’d get past the first 100 pages either.

    Burlington, Vermont was one of my favorite layovers when working as a flight attendant . I enjoyed the ambience of Church Street.

  3. Burlington was very nice, and really was the only town of any size that we visited in Vermont. Not “big city” in terms of Charlotte or Denver, but big enough to have some of the essentials. Being on a beautiful lake doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

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