LEGENDARY ‘DUNE’ ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN SCHOENHERR

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Fifty years ago today, John Schoenherr was commissioned by Frank Herbert to make a cover and 18 spot illustrations for Parts 1, 2, and 3 of “Dune World” which was to be serialized in Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction starting with the December 1963 issue.

According to Frank Herbert, John Schoenherr has been “the only man who has ever visited Dune” and tackle the desert planet Arrakis. His Dune illustrations in particular have become archetypes by which Frank Herbert’s universe is visualized.

Schoenherr was born in New York City in 1935, studied at the Art Students’ League, and graduated from the Pratt Institute in the late 1950s. After initial sales to magazines such as Infinity, Amazing, and other pulps of the day, he found a home in the pages of Astounding (later renamed Analog), arguably the most important magazine in the history of science fiction, under the reign of science fiction’s ur-editor, John W. Campbell.

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Fifty years ago today, John Schoenherr was commissioned by Frank Herbert to make a cover and 18 spot illustrations for Parts 1, 2, and 3 of “Dune World” which was to be serialized in Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction starting with the December 1963 issue.

According to Frank Herbert, John Schoenherr has been “the only man who has ever visited Dune” and tackle the desert planet Arrakis. His Dune illustrations in particular have become archetypes by which Frank Herbert’s universe is visualized.

Schoenherr was born in New York City in 1935, studied at the Art Students’ League, and graduated from the Pratt Institute in the late 1950s. After initial sales to magazines such as InfinityAmazing, and other pulps of the day, he found a home in the pages of Astounding (later renamed Analog), arguably the most important magazine in the history of science fiction, under the reign of science…

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Postcard from Skycity, desert planet

Skycity, scraping the sky high above the clouds – planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune, desert planet

Postcard from Skycity, planet Earth
Postcard from Skycity, sky above the clouds – planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune

“The Beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padisha Emperor Shadam IV. The most precious substance in the universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness.The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and it's navigators, who the spice has, mutated, over 4000 years, use the orange spice gas which gives them the ability to fold space, that is to travel to any part of the universe without moving. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on one planate in the entire universe, a desolate dry planate with vast deserts. Hidden away in the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the fremen, who have long held a prophesy. That a man would come, a mesahiah, who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.” The Princess Irulan of House Corrino

“Islamophobia needs to be redefined” by Tehmina Kazi (Guardian 26 January 2011)

“Islamophobia needs to be redefined” by Tehmina Kazi (Guardian 26 January 2011)

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An excellent article has appeared on the Guardian website that considers the issue of Islamophobia not least because it references and directly quotes from my book.

The article can be found by clicking here but is also reproduced below:

Islamophobia needs to be redefined

It is vital that we encourage open, honest and mutually respectful debate about the role of Islam and Muslims in British society – Tehmina Kazi

The question: Is hatred of Islam now acceptable?

Ever heard the one about Muslim medics spreading disease across Leicester by refusing to roll up their sleeves in the washbasin? How about the Muslim council employees who “banned” Christmas in Lambeth, renaming “Christmas lights” to the generic-sounding “winter lights?” Both of these stories were reported by mainstream British newspapers during the last four years, and both – as well as dozens more – were found to be suffering from an evidence bypass.

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Islamophobia: Orwellian ‘doublespeak’ ?‎

Islamophobia: Orwellian ‘doublespeak’ ?‎

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Earlier this month, James Bloodworth wrote a blog for the Independent comparing Islamophobia to a type of Orwellian doublespeak, “PR jargon”, designed to shut down public debate. He joins a chorus of voices on the Left who reject the term on grounds of the ‘freedom to criticise’ Islam. This particular argument is disconcerting in that Islam is regularly subjected to the sort of scrutiny rarely if ever, afforded to other faiths, and  many of those who seek to counter islamophobia, myself included, have been equally committed to defending free speech. The term ‘islamophobia’ is many things, but it is not an attempt at muzzling critical inquiry.

Some on the Left have gone further still, joining voices on the Right in denouncing Islam on the grounds of its alleged anti-liberal tenets. Chief amongst these, the late Italian writer and left-wing journalist Oriana Fallaci insisted that Islam is a violent and…

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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’

Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’
December 14, 2013 | 08:44AM PT
Variety Staff

Paramount and Warner Bros. have released the first teaser trailer for the next movie from Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar.”
The trailer offers little in the way of information on the plot and just features a voiceover from Matthew McConaughey.
Film stars McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi.

“Interstellar” is set to be released Nov. 7, 2014.

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