Fictional universe originally created by Frank Herbert through his novels. The universe was expanded upon by his son, author Brian Herbert?, and co-authored by Kevin J Anderson?, through their short stories and novels released over the past decade.
the known universe referred to the area of the universe that was explored and documented by humans. The vast majority of this space was claimed to be within the realm of the Padishah Emperors, who referred to themselves as Emperors of the Known Universe.
Though the emperors laid claim to ruling the known universe, in
reality it was considered to be greater than the size of the Imperium itself. During the reign of Leto II, the Bene Tleilax? sought to establish colonies outside of Leto's empire, but still within the known universe. The Tleilaxu believed that Leto's prescience ended at the borders of the Imperium. They were incorrect, as Leto came to demonstrate.
The size of the known universe increased sporadically over history. The most significant growth in the universe charted by humankind came at two specific points, when space folding was invented, and
when The Scattering occurred.
The second instance was facilitated by the invention of no-ships, which did not require a melange-addicted Guild Navigator? to pilot them.
List of Dune Universe Planets
List of Dune Houses
Dune Universe Historical Periods
The Butlerian Jihad
During this time, the earliest of the Dune ages, a great war was waged against the Thinking Machines. Eventually, the humans were victorious, and eliminated all thinking machines from the universe. Henceforth, a major taboo was placed against the construction of such machines. Instead, the Mentats were formed, a class of human-computers.
The Corrino Lead Imperium
The next several thousand years see the creation of a vast human-ruled interstellar empire, ruled by the Imperial House Corrino, as part of the feudal system that has also developed. The Landsraad and the Spacing Guild? also seize some of the power, and share it among the Imperium. This is perhaps the most stable time in the history of the Dune Universe.
Ascension of the Atreides
The Corrino ruled over this vast empire for many thousands of years, until, in 10,193 A.G., the current Padishah Emperor, Shaddam Corrino IV, was overthrown by Paul Atreides, who seized command of the Imperium and declared himself Emperor. The Imperium was now under Atreides control. Leto Atreides II, Paul's son, takes over from his father, and sets the Universe on the Golden Path, becoming the benevolent tyrant of the universe. Leto prevents most space travel and keeps humanity under lock and key. The God Emperor, as he is known, is eventually assassinated and this causes The Scattering, an event in which the entire empire is thrown into pandemonium and disarray and the system breaks down.
The Return From The Scattering
Years pass after the Scattering, over the course of which humanity has reveled in its new freedom and expanded, under controlled, into the universe. The Old Empire is currently, like before, under the command of several powerful factions; with power devided between the Ixians, the Bene Tleilax? and the Bene Gesserit?. The Spacing Guild is practically non-existant, as machines have been devised that do not require Guild Navigator assistance.
The Coming of the Honored Matres
As people who had expanded out into the universe begin to flee from an unknown enemy, The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood encounter an organisation not too unlike their own. The Honored Matres?. The two organisations, despite initial conflict, are forced to join together in order to face the coming enemy.
Dune Universe Literature
Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson:
Prelude to Dune? series:
Legends of Dune? series:
Great Schools of Dune? series:
- Sisterhood of Dune? (2012)
"The Road to Dune?" (1985)
Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson:
"Nighttime Shadows on Open Sand?" (2000)
"A Whisper of Caladan Seas?" (2001)
"Hunting Harkonnens?" (2002)
"Whipping Mek?" (2003)
"The Faces of a Martyr?" (2004)
"Sea Child?" (2006)
"Treasure in the Sand?" (2006)
"Wedding Silk?" (2011)
Dune Universe Films and TV
Dune Universe Games
Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium? (2000)
Dune Universe Audio
Dune: Spice Opera (games, 1992)
Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001)
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003)