Dune and Star Wars: How Similar are They?

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Title: Dune and Star Wars: How Similar are They?
Creator: Barbara T
Date(s): March 1985
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
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Dune and Star Wars: How Similar are They? is a 1985 meta essay by Barbara T.

It was published in Southern Enclave #7 and is online here.

Excerpts

"The recent movie of DUNE, being a highly touted SF film with copious special effects, will inevitably invite comparisons with the SW trilogy, the more so since Dune. The 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, has often been cited unofficially as one of the literary sources whose influence is visible in A NEW HOPE."

Concludes with: "Thus DUNE and SW do not tell the same story, though they both show the dangers of absolute power: in one case by the ruler's resistance to it in himself; in another by the resistance it provokes among those who are subjected to it."