The First Law of Mentat: A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it, and flow with it.
– From Dune by Frank Herbert.
Dune is one of my favourite novels. I read it for the first time when I was 15, and I must’ve read it at least 10 more times since. It has a depth that reveals new details even after many re-re-re-readings. Frank Herbert has created a weird and wonderful world in intricate detail: Technology, religion, politics, ecology, warfare, history and much, much more are all described in a way that is elegant, subtle and above all believable. It’s a world resting in a long-standing precarious balance between mutually opposing forces – a balance which is upset once and for all. There are more Dune-quotes here.