Comparing Old Rambling House, GM Effect, And Dune

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“Old Rambling House”, “The GM Effect”, and Dune are all sci-fi stories by Frank Herbert that share similar themes. In “Old Rambling House” a couple takes the home of another couple in exchange for their trailer and are enslaved by aliens. In “The GM Effect”, scientists discover a drug that allows people to remember the memories of their ancestors, but it is stolen from them and they are killed. In Dune, several races fight for the control over a drug that controls the entire galactic economy. All these stories by Frank Herbert share a common theme of humanity’s greed. In “Old Rambling House”, a couple makes a deal with another couple to trade their homes. One couple lives in a trailer while the other lives in a very expensive modern home. The couple with the trailer thinks that they may be taking advantage of foreigners who don’t know what their home is worth, but they decide to take the house anyways. As soon as they finish the deal, the couple is then abducted by aliens who enslave them. It is …show more content…

This is because once a person takes the drug, they are then dependent on it, and if they don’t continue to take it, they die. The entire galaxy is addicted to the spice and needs it to survive, so whoever controls it, has great power. The Harkonnen family originally controls the spice, but they want more. The spice comes from the desert planet of Arrakis which is very brutal and hard to live in. Not only do the Harkonnens want control over the spice trade, but they also want a more pleasant planet to live on. To satisfy this desire, the Baron Harkonnen makes a deal with the Duke Leto to obtain Caladan, a lush water planet, in return for Arrakis. But with Arrakis comes the spice trade, so the Harkonnens plot to kill the Atreides. This plan does not go well, and the Harkonnens are ultimately defeated. They could’ve had Caladan or Arrakis, but they wanted both, and that lead to their

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