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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 3 – The Mentats

This post is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dune. SciFiMix is creating 50 pieces of original artwork covering the main powers in the Dune universe. Check out Part 1: The Bene Gesserit and Part 2: The Guild Navigators.

Part 3: The Mentats

The Mentats use sapho juice to boost their already formidable mental powers. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Mentats use sapho juice to boost their already formidable mental powers. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The Mentats are a professional society of logicians, stategists, and mathematicians in Frank Herbert’s Dune. Their minds honed from infancy through strict mental conditioning, Mentats are able to outperform smart computers in their abilities to process and evaluate data. Mentats can double or triple these abilities even further through the consumption of sapho juice, an extract from the root of the Ecaz tree, but this consumption leads to addiction. Over time, sapho juice stains the user’s lips, making scarlet lips a hallmark of many Mentats. (more…)

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 2 – The Guild Navigators

This post is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dune. SciFiMix is creating 50 pieces of original artwork covering the main powers in the Dune universe. Check out Part 1: The Bene Gesserit here.

Part 2: The Guild Navigators

The Guild Navigator suspended in a vat of spice-filled air. SciFiMix original art, inspired by Frank Herbert's 'Dune'.

The Guild Navigator suspended in a vat of spice-filled air. SciFiMix original art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’.

The Guild Navigators are a powerful merchant class of spacefarers. After years of genetic mutation caused by inhaling the mystical ‘spice’ of Arrakis (aka Dune), these former humans can no longer survive in normal atmosphere. Instead, their lives depend on the spice – a deadly addiction.  Limbs atrophied, bodies and minds distended, with webbed hands and toes, the Guild Navigators remain suspended in tanks of spice-filled air for their entire lives. (more…)

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Celebrating Dune in Pictures: Part 1 – The Bene Gesserit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s Dune. To celebrate this science fiction opus, SciFiMix will feature 50 original images depicting the major players of Dune. From the supernatural guilds and witches, to the warring noble houses, to the prophecies in the dessert, Dune has inspired writers and artists alike to reimagine the wonders of a distant human future.

Part 1: The Bene Gesserit

The Bene Gesserit order controls the Dune universe through prophecy. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Bene Gesserit order controls the Dune universe through prophecy. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The Bene Gesserit are an illuminati-style band of women who travel throughout the galaxy of Dune. Sometimes known as ‘sorceresses’ and ‘witches’, they wield political and religious influence through their use of prophetic tales, poisons, and the Voice – a trained modulation of speech patterns that cause weak-willed populations to follow their commands.

The Missionaria Protective seeds superstitions on foreign worlds, paving the way for future Bene Gesserit. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune.

The Missionaria Protectiva seeds superstitions on foreign worlds, paving the way for future Bene Gesserit. SciFiMix Original Art, inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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Zeplins and Akerataeli Dance in the Clouds: Rise of Endymion

Zeplins Dance in the Cloud World of Dan Simmon's Rise of Endymion. SciFiMix Original Art.

Aliens Dance in a Cloud World, inspired by the Zeplins of Dan Simmons’ ‘Rise of Endymion’. SciFiMix Original Art.

Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos describes the wonder of Zeplins – large floating creatures that inhabit the atmosphere of Jovian gas giants.  These translucent, cuttlefish-like aliens hover in the air like blimps, while their skins shimmer and reflect the ever-changing colors of the clouds (and storms) around them. Never feeling the need to rest on land, the Zeplins constantly propel themselves forward in the sky, by expanding and collapsing their delicate tentacles. Similar to whales, the slowly feed by straining particles in the air. Zeplins are larger than whales, however, having leviathan-esque proportions. (more…)

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Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Planet of Dreams

1950s Mars, inspired by Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles.' SciFiMix original art, created using Mars Rover landscape images.

1950s Mars, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles.’ SciFiMix original art, created using NASA’s Mars Rover images and images of Levittown.

When we look at Mars today, we think of a barren cold desert. Any possibility of life is remote, ancient, and likely limited to unicellular organisms. The notion of Martians, let alone entire Martian civilizations, is a comical idea at best – reserved for loonies and weirdos that wear foil caps and revere ‘little green men.’

But in the mid-twentieth century, the time of Ray Bradbury and Orson Welles, Mars was a land of possibility. Like the New World to 15th-century Britain, it was an unexplored frontier for colonization. It was a tantalizing hidden world, crisscrossed with ‘canals’ that hinted at alien intelligence. (more…)

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That’s one small step for panda…

Will we ever send giant pandas to space? SciFiMix Original Art, with moon textures and Earth image courtesy of NASA.

Will we ever send giant pandas to space? SciFiMix Original Art, with moon textures and Earth image courtesy of NASA.

In honor of the 50th year anniversary of the very first space walk, by Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (Times article), we bring you a moonwalking giant panda. Though pandas have yet to be sent into space (as far as we know), let’s not forget the contributions of other animals towards space flight. These daring creatures paved the way for Alexei Leonov, Neil Armstrong, and the NASA missions today. (more…)

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