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Press release and Virtual book launch (recording)

Kennedy, K. (2021). Women’s Agency in the Dune Universe: Tracing Women’s Liberation through Science Fiction. Palgrave.Women's Agency in the Dune Universe book cover

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Kennedy, K. (2021). Spice and Ecology in Herbert’s Dune: Altering the Mind and the PlanetScience Fiction Studies, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 444-461. [pre-production version, hosted on ResearchGate]

Kennedy, K. (2021). Frank Herbert, the Bene Gesserit, and the Complexity of Women in the World of Dune.

Kennedy, K. (2021). Lawrence of Arabia, Paul Atreides, and the Roots of Frank Herbert’s

Kennedy, K. (2020). The Softer Side of Dune: The Impact of the Social Sciences on World-Building. In M.J.P. Wolf (Ed.), Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Essays on Media, Structure, and Subcreation (pp. 159-174). Routledge. [pre-production version, hosted on this site]

Kennedy, K. (2016). Epic World-Building: Names and Cultures in Dune. Names, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 99–108. DOI: 10.1080/00277738.2016.1159450 [production version, hosted on ResearchGate]

~other articles on Dune forthcoming~



Dune Pod Interview about my book on the Bene Gesserit; available on Spotify or Apple Podcasts
Dune Pod interview about Bene Gesserit

Digital Nomads podcast on the Fremen in Dune

Dune article in New York Magazine Vulture

Dune article in Esquire Netherlands

Dr Kara Kennedy interview on Frank Herbert's Dune


How does Frank Herbert’s Dune address women’s agency?