The Cromcast uses Robert E. Howard as a touchstone to talk about speculative fiction and the inheritors of the pulp legacy. They most recently wrapped a 4 episode discussion of Frank Herbert’s Dune that had analysis that covers a lot of the essential aspects of the book.
Welcome, Cromrades! We embark upon a new season centered on Frank Herbert’s Dune! Please join us as we start down the Road to Arrakis! In this episode we talk about the Golden Age of SF, the 3 B’s (Bims, BEMs, and Bums), and how Dune breaks that mold of foundational science fiction pulps!Season 10 Episode 1: Dune as Pulp, Dune as S&S!
Welcome back, Cromrades! This week we go deep into the first section of Frank Herbert’s Dune, from the standpoint of civilization and barbarism, unwanted power, drugs, factions vying for control of Arrakis, ecology, fathers and sons, mothers and sons, conservation, perceptions of native cultures as noble savages, space nuns, adapting to new environments, and more!Season 10 Episode 2: “Dune”
Welcome back,Season 10 Episode 3, “Muad’Dib”
FremenCromrades! We are continuing our sojourn through the hot and arid sands of Arrakis, ever in search of that spice which makes intergalactic travel possible! This week, we discuss Book II of Dune, titled “Muad’Dib”. Let’s catch up with Paul and Jessica, meet Stilgar, become better acquainted with the complex interactions between civilization and barbarism inherent to Fremen culture, and dig into the layers of humanism and cosmicism that Frank Herbert wove into his story of betrayal, revenge, heroes, and Messiahs! Also – knife fights!
Welcome back for one more episode this season, Fremen Cromrades! We wrap up our journey to Arrakis with a discussion of Book III of Dune entitled, “The Prophet.”Season 10 Episode 4: “The Prophet”