- Apr 18, 2020
- United States
I thought it wasn't "There are no computers" but "No machines that can think like a man", which could imply AI.Dune kind of invented the whole concept of reactionary science fiction, in that it's set in the future but a lot of the social structure and conventions are based on history. Settings like 40k, Battletech, Eve Online or Fading Suns very much owe their existence to Dune in this regard.
The idea is that humanity in Dune has been around for a long time and spread really far into the universe, to the point that there multiple spacefaring societies originally descended from humans. Hypothetically these all exist under the hegemony of a single Empire, but it's more like the Holy Roman Empire in that it's kind of a mess.
Another conceit of Dune is that people can develop amazing abilities through their super advanced understanding of psychology and physiology (or by huffing space drugs). For example, there are no computers. At some point in the past there was a war between humans and machines and computers were banned, so instead of computers they use humans with highly trained mental abilities.