Hello all. First post and I have to say that this board and this forum in particular has made me realize that I was mind-raped by the authors of the pre- and sequels. I feel cheap and violated. I have recently read Dune for the third time, am in DM for the 3rd, but the other real books I have only read once.
Anyway, some of these may be able to be explained away or plausiubly worked-around by a shameless hack author, but by any reasonable standard I think they are inconsistencies.
*In DM the Navigators are described as being able to float in their chamber in 0 Gravity in space, and Edric floats in a suspensor-type chamber that simulates that effect while planet-side. NOT floating in an air pressure chamber...which is dumb.
*When Leto and Paul are in the Guildship on the way to Arrakis, Leto goes to some length to mention that passenger frigates are anonymous, and if someone (I think he said Harkonnens?) was next to them they wouldn't have any idea. Maybe it's just me, but if I was a Duke grooming my royal heir, I would let him know that there was once an attack in a guildship...by a Harkonnen...WITH A NO-SHIP!
*For a guy that was infected and disfigured by a Bene Gesserit that he raped, the Baron is pretty mild to the BG, especially Mohiam. And the same can be said of both of them when they meet on Dune later. It's as if...IT NEVER HAPPENED.
*The BG seem to give several indications, in inner monologues, that the Baron is fat because of personal habits, not a sinister BG STD which is common knowledge among the BG in the prequels.
*In Dune, Poitrin is mentioned as a laid-back paradise world by the Fremen from their wanderings or hajj or whatever. Jessica has a OM experience from Poitrin that says they were captured by slavers...not whisked away by a slaver to paradise after having coerced him at gunpoint during the slave uprising.
*Dune has several mentions of Ix without mention of House Vernius. The confederacy of Ix is negotiating with the Jihad in DM, but Paul doesn't give any mention of his bubble-boy uncle. I would figure that Paul might cut them a break based on that relationship but he doesn't. It's as if it NEVER HAPPENED.
*The Duke, Thufir and others seem to be shocked -or at least somewhat surprised- that there are sardaukar among the Harkonnens on DUne. Yet Leto's best bud's world was invaded and occupied with sardaukar. That seems odd to me. Like maybe they should have expected it, unless it never happened.
*Jessica seems to have first hand knowledge of the old duke, and adverse feelings. This has been covered, but the jolly old man that was killed by the harkonnen plot before Jessica was dropped off at Caladan (someone already covered that one) seems to have been a revision at best. The fact that Leto never tells Paul "You have to watch the Harkonnens son, you know they killed my daddy" points to it as well.
*If the Atreides were taken down because of their ability to field a small army that was comprable with the Sardaukar, wouldn't it follow that: 1)There would not be so many Swordmasters that graduated regularly to so many houses as depicted in the Prequels and B) The Emperor would want to suppress or put down the House that was full of Jedis and had the Jedi Academy on their planet?
*Rossak is part of the Hajj..yet no zensunnis appear on it in the prequels.
*CHOAM is depicted as being much less lenient of a drop in revenue in Dune, yet Ix and Lankveil are allowed to drop their productiuon for lengthy periods in the prequels. This is a stretch.
*Navigators: in DM Edric seems to communicate freely with norms. Yet in the Prequels DTSY'a'HJGWE'r can't seem to carry on a conversation.
Like I said these are nit-picky, but they bother me. It just seems to me that KJA wanted to write about some kewl stuff and he could get his hands on a (D)universe and paying audience to use. I doubt BH had killer robots, Jedis, swashbuckling musketeer jedi instructors, brains in mason jars, cyborg walkers, cyborg condor spaceships, Hoth, shape shifting goddesses or Elvira lightning women in his notes when he put together the back story of the Duniverse.
Hallelujah! Where's the Tylenol?