I’ve just finished Chapterhouse: Dune. And a great void fills me now that I wasn’t expecting to feel. I thought that I would be happy with the ending, but I’m not. Here are the few things that come to mind:
Sheeana: clearly she’s supposed to have great role in Dune 7, is she meant to be the savior of humanity? I think Duncan is supposed to play a big role, but I think Sheeana is the ultimate protagonist not him. I say this because of this line: “it’s the next phase: Muad’Dib to Tyrant to Honored Matres to us to Sheeana…to what?” what is her role?? Will she play the role the Bene Gesserit want her to play, the reincarnation of Leto to lead humanity on a new religious path?
Daniel and Marty are clearly Face Dancers who have accumulated so many lives that are now godlike creatures that possess immense technology that borderline to the omnipresent and omnipotent. In GEofD, Leto talks about the vision that Siona experiences when she takes the spice essence: “She would carry with her forever afterward the clear sights and sounds and smells. The seeking machines would be there, the smell of blood and entrails, the cowering humans in their burrows, aware only that they could not escape . . . while all the time the mechanical movement approached, nearer and nearer and nearer ...louder...louder!”
Is it possible that these machines are the creation of Daniel and Marty? That there isn’t really an army of Face Dancers but it’s just Daniel and Marty who absorbed all other Face Dancers and just have robots to do their dirty work?
Choosing a planet for Duncan: "And I had such a nice planet picked out for them, one of the best. A real test of their abilities" could it be that Daniel and Marty wanted to truly be gods? They wanted to absorb all the human personalities out there and become all knowing. But why be gods if you have no one to rule over. Maybe they wanted to start over and create humanity all over again using their own specifications, using Duncan and Sheena as Adam and Eve and so on. The Honored Matres were always talking about the enemy’s weapon that turns people into vegetables, could it be that the weapon is simply another function of the net, which just scoops up peoples’ personalities leaving them devoid of life, like vegetables. Maybe that’s the way that Daniel and Marty collect the personalities?
Cosmic democracy: Frank told author Norman Spinrad that he "'planned to end the series with a novel that would transition to a fictional universe of democratic rule." My interpretation is that eventually, Dunacan and Sheena would somehow be able to stop Daniel and Marty but instead of destroying their technology, use it for the benefit of humanity. Thus the net can be used instead of scooping up peoples’ personality, it would connect the mind of all people in the universe, making humanity a giant single consciousness that is inherently democratic since we would all know what each other think and would have to work in a consensual manner, thus a cosmic human democracy.
What do y’all think?