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Sci-fi, sci-fact and sandworms: a ThinkIn with Paul Krugman on DUNE


Sci-fi, sci-fact and sandworms: a ThinkIn with Paul Krugman on DUNE

This is a digital only ThinkIn.

Frank Herbert published the first book in the DUNE trilogy in 1965. It is widely cited as the biggest-selling science fiction novel of all time. In 1984, David Lynch adapted it for the screen. The film was mauled by the critics but has gone on to achieve bona fide cult status amongst science fiction fans. A remake has long been rumoured and, after several delays is now finally coming to our screens on October 21. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has twice been nominated for the Best Director Oscar for science fiction movies Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, the new DUNE is the first in a series of two films. It covers the first half of the original novel’s story. 

Paul Krugman is one of the world’s most influential economists. He is also a science fiction superfan. He joins us for a digital ThinkIn, in conversation with Tortoise’s unofficial science fiction correspondent Matt d’Ancona, to review the movie and reflect on the evolution of the genre as a whole. 

Beware the sandworms.