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Atomic explosion

Atomic explosion

Mixed Canonicity: This article or section refers to elements from both Original Dune and Expanded Dune.

Atomics, referred to the process of nuclear fission, and more specifically to nuclear weapons of mass destruction. A particularly famous type of atomic weapon was the stone burner.

Significance of Atomics Edit

Atomics harbored a pronounced psychological and social stigma, and were rarely used due to traumatic historical events. Their prohibition was enforced by the Great Convention, which dicated that the offensive use of atomics is grounds for planetary annihilation. Nonetheless, the Great Houses continue to stockpile atomics in the even that humanity ever encounters an alien intelligence that intends to do them harm.

Mankind's aversion to atomics came from their devastating use during the war against the thinking machines. Though many worlds were affected, the most notable ones were Earth and Corrin.

Actual or suspected use of atomicsEdit

The actual and suspected use of atomics made several appearances throughout intergalactic history. Notable among these were the following critical events:

Known kinds of AtomicsEdit

Original DuneEdit

Expanded UniverseEdit

  • Atomics

Behind the Scenes Edit

Some of the atomic-related events (specifically, events involving Poritrin, the Great Purge, and the atomic destruction of Earth) are not explicitely mentioned by Frank Herbert in his original Dune novels. They were detailed in the Legends of Dune novels.