I want to follow up on questions raised in the Pub about Dune and the McAfee mystery.
Recently in the Pub, we've been discussing Ayn Rand's books "Atlas Shrugged
" and "Fountainhead
". I've met many people who were deeply affected by Ayn Rand's writings and philosophy. As I considered this, I thought of how I had been similarly affected by the Dune
series, which I read in my 20's and again in my 40's. And am considering rereading again this winter.
Then I remembered that about a month ago, when the new trailer for Dune
came out, that I also noticed that the Official McAfee Afterlife channel had a quote that I recognized from the the 1984 movie version of Dune
Dune is an epic story that runs on a grand scale similar to JRR Tolkein's Lords of the Rings
, and Issac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.
And like all epics it's been very difficult to adapt to the movie screen, and TV. They simply have not, as yet, done the novel justice.
I'll see what I can do to try to summarize the story a bit and then piece together how it's themes may reflect what we're experiencing right now.
For now, to get us on the same page, here are a couple of relevant clips from the 1984 movie version, regarding the line, "Father, the sleeper awakens."
This scene happens earlier in the story. The main character, Paul Atriedes, has a pivotal conversation with his father, Duke Leto of the Atriedes House.
Dune (1984) The Sleeper Must Awaken
Later, after Paul has a life transforming experience that is pivotal to the original Dune saga, he speaks to his now dead father, mirroring back his father's words in the first scene.
Many fans of the Dune series consider this last scene to be powerful. They experienced a strong, visceral response to it. If the McAfee channel is geniune, it's possible that John McAfee was a Dune fan and also felt a strong response to this scene in the 1984 movie version of Dune.
I'm gonna have to have a bit of think before I go on the next post.
Or maybe it's about time travel of a sort?
Spice --> LSD ?
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