Here is a thing about Dune.

It was inspired by a visit Frank Herbert made to my tiny little home town on the Oregon Coast. Not NEAR my hometown, my tiny hometown specially, which has some of the tallest sand dunes in the world.

Frank Herbert’s daughter lives here currently, and kindly donated her father’s research materials to our relatively small, but still awesome public library, the Siuslaw Public Library, where it’s currently on display.

One of the reasons I love it here is the bizarre strata of natural landscapes..

It goes immediately from the ocean, with volcanic rock formations, to the tallest sand dunes in the world, then forests and lakes, all within just a couple miles, a bit further and it’s mountains.
Herbert’s daughter hooked up our library and theater with Frank Herbert’s grandson, who consulted on the new movie. The theater (which is awesome) is CityLightsCinema, and they are having a Dune/Herbert celebration until November 4th.

It’s a wonderful little theatre run by genuine lovers of cinema.

If you are a big Herbert fan, or Dune fan, some of this stuff can’t be seen anywhere else.

You might consider a day out here, come take a look at the dunes, they really are awe-inspiring.

It’s very strange that this tiny town inspired both DUNE and STAR WARS, making it possibly the most important place in SF history.

I was born here.

We have three stoplights. We have no Indian food.

But we changed SF forever.


Population 9,000, inspirational birthplace of Paul Atreides AND Luke Skywalker.

Not too shabby.


Have a great day, everyone.

P.S. The very dunes that inspired Frank Herbert…?

Literally across the street from my house.

I used to pretend they were Arrakis or Tatooine.

A lot of people feel their home town is magical, but for me, IT REALLY WAS.

P.P.S. The website for info on the celebration is!

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