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Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.39.04 PMScott Hertzog – A teacher and lover of all things science fiction (well, most things anyway), he remembers three defining moments in his scifi career.  When he was six, he remembers watching Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island on a little black and white TV and the big bees totally wigging him out.  Later, he had a librarian at his middle school hand him a copy of Andre Norton’s Galactic Derelict; it radically changed his life.  From then on he consumed all the science fiction he could get his hands on.   And the third thing was, well, starting his first educational podcast under the tutelage of Charlie Reisinger.  He later went on to create the long running SciFi Diner Podcast which he co-hosts with Miles P. McLoughlin and M. Sieiro Garcia. He is an avid Star Wars fan of both the films and the extended universe and also is infatuated with J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin.   Being a family man, he watches and reads as much science fiction as that can allow, mostly when running.

DavidBioPicDavid Moulton –
 Horticulturist by trade, florist by hobby, broadcast journalist by career, but above all a passionate conversationalist. David credits his Aunt Ronnie for getting him started as a science fiction lover before he knew any better. Having grown up on a heavy dose of Star Trek and similar shows and books, his enjoyment of the genera only continues to grow. Discovering the Dune series roughly 15 years ago he quickly read through the original series and has been reading the new releases as they come out almost without fail, citing the black sheep of the series God Emperor of Dune as his favorite book. No stranger to the world of podcasting he hosts and produces his own weekly show, The Lancast. Focusing on people making a difference in their community both locally and abroad the show has lead David to many interesting and fun people such as Scott and Jim.

Bio PictureJim Arrowood –  Jim has been teaching K-12 Vocal and Instrumental music at a small school in central Nebraska for fifteen years.  He loves to read, watch movies, and numerous television shows.  Jim came to science fiction at the tender age of ten through watching original series Star Trek while it aired in the late 1960’s.  He came to the Dune universe by first seeing the 1984 film based on the Frank Herbert novel.  He then went on to read all of the Herbert novels; however is just a newcomer to the more recent Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson incarnations.  He comes to podcasting through appearances on The Scifi Diner Podcast as a frequent commentator and guest on the Scifi Diner Rewind show.  He is very excited to be a regular on the Dune Saga Podcast and looking forward to reading all of the novels.  Jim also maintains a sci-fi blog in which is reviews books, films, and other media.  You can read his blog at jimsscifiblog.com or jimsscifi.blogspot.com.




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    • Ross on October 28, 2014 at 1:13 am
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    Hey, David, GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE is my favorite Dune novel. Why do you describe it as “the black sheep of the series”? I’m not offended, I’m just curious.

    1. Great question, Ross! Truth is you and I are in the minority. One of the things that I experienced to a certain degree and then has been massively reiterated while doing this show, is that God Emperor of Dune is the book that tends to break people. Quite commonly it’s the book that causes them to give up on the series. From what listeners have written in it’s because it’s too wordy or not enough happens. Something that I’ve picked up on as well is that when talking about the second half of Frank’s books some regard that Heretics and Chapterhouse had something “missing”, and generally they leave it at that. But when they talk about God Emperor they say how it was too wordy or didn’t feel like Dune etc. So that’s why I refereed to it as the black sheep. Honestly I feel they’re missing out. God Emperor effected me so much when I read it the first time and it truly changed and continues to influence my views on government and religion, both separately and how they interact. Glad to know you love it like I do!


        • Ross on November 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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        Thank you for replying to my question. GOD EMPEROR is, to me, the darkest and most powerful of the Dune novels, and the peak of the series. I’m quite surprised that it’s a “turn-off” for some people who otherwise like the series. I’d be interested in Frank’s views of the book, but, alas, he isn’t here to provide them. Thank you again, David.

      • Eric on May 20, 2020 at 5:36 pm
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      Big bump here.

      I am one of those who stopped after God Emperor of Dune. Looking back, I feel there were three factors to this.
      First, while Dune is the greatest science fiction novel, Dune Messiah then Children of Dune were good, but not AS good, showing a decline through the three books. God Emperor was another step down, so I wanted to stop before before it went off the cliff.
      Second, God Emperor was “sillier”, if you will. It tried to be even more mystical or fantastical. I am not a big fan of science fantasy, and it felt like it was going down that road.
      Third, I really liked the character of Paul. Setting him up as the most powerful being in history and space, then chucking him, felt like either an “oops” or a bait-and-switch. Losing Paul was equivalent to losing interest. I understand that Herbert didn’t intend to write the Paul Atreides saga, but he is still the most interesting charcter. Most of the rest felt a bit too flat.

      In the past couple of years, though, I have gotten into the prequel books. Not great as novels on their own, but interesting for understanding the background of Dune.

  1. I read GOD EMPEROR as a freshman in high school. The David Lynch film had come out, and that actually was my introduction to the Dune universe. I remember how odd it seemed, yet intriguing. GOD EMPEROR has been a favorite of mine. The physical metamorphosis of Leto II and his in essence, being ‘made’ into a god grabbed my attention and for some reason, still does. I carried the book around to me and I kept it checked out from the school library for quite some time.

    • Matt on August 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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    No way GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE is the black sheep of the Dune novels. David is spot on with his pick of the series.

    • Crvo on November 6, 2015 at 10:46 am
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    Count me in our growing coterie of Fish Speakers, I too name God Emperor my favorite of the original Saga. I came to my opinion over time, initially dreading book 4 in my rereading g scedule. Now I view it as the volume in which Frank Herbert begins to reveal the scope of his work on the Dune universe.

    As for other readers finding difficulty forging forward, it’s understandable. There is little direct connection to the familiar faces we are hoping to learn about when we first crack the volume. At first, even the familiar names are alien as characters, and the gulf between their roles in God Emperor compared to the first three novels can swallow a readers interest along with the seeming lack of continuity.

    Another personal favorite factor in God Emperor is the use of portent in regards to the next two books, and the tying together of similarly portentous moments from books 1 – 3. I like it as a nexus of prescient time lines.

    • Ulrik lund on November 27, 2016 at 2:45 am
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    Thanks for a great podcast.
    Your calender says navigators of dune was recorded in oct.

    But I cannot find it anywhere in rss feed or on your site.
    Any plans for releasing it?

    again thanks

    1. We had computer issues with the recording and decided to focus on the launch of The Orbital Sword. However we just rerecorded a review of the book and it should be up this week if not today!

  2. Appreciate your broad scope of all things Dune on your Podcast. Keep up the great work.

    Byron Merritt
    Grandson of Frank Herbert
    Executive Producer

    • Byron Merritt on June 11, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    Wondering if you guys want to do any podcasting on the latest Dune TV news?

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