Dune Tops September Poll

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Our September book poll told us that you love Dune as much as we do! Dune took 22% of votes for sci-fi books you'd recommend to a friend. Your votes echo the larger popularity of the novel, which is often cited as one of the best-selling and most beloved science fiction books of all time. 

In celebration of Dune and Dune author Frank Herbert's birthday yesterday, October 8, check out the beautiful stillsuit prop replica from the Museum of Science Fiction's permanent collection below.

Here's looking forward to Denis Villeneuve's upcoming Dune remake films, and remember: (S)he who controls the spice controls the universe!

“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.” 

― Frank Herbert, Dune (spoken by Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam)

 Costume recreation from the film,  Dune , 1984  From the 1984 film directed by David Lynch, the stillsuit is a full-body life support system worn in the open desert on the planet Arrakis. The suit preserves the body’s moisture. It consists of various layers that absorb body fluids through sweating and urination. The system filters impurities and distills potable water to be recirculated and stored in catchpockets. The individual wearing the suit can drink from a tube attached to the neck. A properly maintained stillsuit will allow the person wearing it to survive in the open desert for several weeks.  Museum of Science Fiction permanent collection Built by UNC Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art, MFA Costume Program 2017.045

Costume recreation from the film, Dune, 1984

From the 1984 film directed by David Lynch, the stillsuit is a full-body life support system worn in the open desert on the planet Arrakis. The suit preserves the body’s moisture. It consists of various layers that absorb body fluids through sweating and urination. The system filters impurities and distills potable water to be recirculated and stored in catchpockets. The individual wearing the suit can drink from a tube attached to the neck. A properly maintained stillsuit will allow the person wearing it to survive in the open desert for several weeks.

Museum of Science Fiction permanent collection
Built by UNC Chapel Hill
Department of Dramatic Art, MFA Costume Program
2017.045