Canonicity of Dune

The word "canon", simply means "true to the fictional universe in question", in this case, Dune. Something that is canon in the Dune Universe is something that actually happened in the real fictional universe, not in fan-work or in an adaptation. Each fictional universe has its own way of dealing with the problems of what is canon and what is not. Star Wars, for example, uses a four pronged method that looks a little like this:

  • G-Canon. The highest level of canonicity. This means anything spawning directly from George Lucas. It is unquestionably canonical.
  • C-Canon. Meaning anything recent, books, comics and so on, deemed canonical.
  • S-Canon. The secondary canon, referring to anything published earlier than C-Canon stuff.
  • N-Canon. Anything definitely not canon, such as Infinities publishing.

From this, we can get a basic idea of how we might measure canonicty. But of course, the Star Wars universe is much larger than the Dune Universe, and so we take a much less complex approach to sorting what is canon and what is not:

  • F-Canon. Anything written under Frank Herbert is considered to be the highest level of canon, unchallengeable.
  • B&J-Canon. Anything written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is also considered to be canon, but if their is a canon conflict, Herbert's work will always be the most reliable.
  • N-Canon. Adaptations of the books, fan work and art, all are considered non-canon, which is to say, that while they represent the Dune Universe, that are not really a part of it. However, scenes in film and television series that match those of the book are considered canon.

Quotes from film and television series may be used as regular quotes, despite being non-canon.

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