DUNE’s Prescient Nightmare: Science Fiction’s Greatest Cautionary Tale

Tony Peak
12 min readApr 19, 2022
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The cautionary tale. It is as old as humanity itself, offering counsel along with entertainment and pathos. Everything from mythological, heroic narratives to fairy tales reminds us of our physical and emotional frailties: mortality, greed, jealousy, hubris. In these regards we are no different than our pre-historic ancestors who dwelled in caves. Yet we keep telling…

Tony Peak

Science Fiction & Fantasy author, member of SFWA, HWA, Planetary Society