15 Epic Sci-Fi Books, Movies, TV Shows, and Podcasts for Fans of Dune

Dune by Frank Herbert is one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time. In an interstellar galaxy of fiefdoms, different nobles fight for control over the arid, desert wasteland Arrakis, which holds the coveted melange spice that can prolong your life and enhance your powers. In 2021, Denis Villeneuve brought Herbert's vision back to life in the movie remake of Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet as the protagonist Paul.

Science fiction brings fans to different worlds and times that we have never experienced. Humans, aliens, and creatures intermix to fight against evil for the sake of humanity. Science fiction, like Dune, pushes our imaginations to their limits as they twist the world as we know it. If you're a fan of Dune and otherworldly battles for good, here are some books, films, television shows, and podcasts you are sure to enjoy!


Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Dune fans will be on the edge of their seats with this heroic novel. The plot centers around Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, whose mission has always been to kill the ghouls that continue terrorizing his desert kingdom. Right when he is about to retire, his old love's father is murdered, and now he knows his final 

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mission is to avenge his death. This dystopian tale of good versus evil seamlessly interweaves Muslim folklore into a story that is sure to enthrall you. Read here.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

The notion of living in outer space on an entirely different planet is captivating, but as always, not everyone involved has good intentions. Red Mars focuses on the potential colonization of Mars and the complications that arise from that. Politics, morality, and ecology are complicated themes throughout this novel 

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and Dune. These stories are more than just their fantastical elements; there is a human side to these novels that resonate with their audiences.Read here.

The Shadow of the Torturerby Gene Wolfe

Rebelling against everything you know can be difficult, but when it's for the greater good, you know you're on the right path. Severian is an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers, but he's outed for being too soft when he doesn't actually want to kill his victim. After the exile, we follow Severian in the Underworld as he 

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leaves the only place he's ever known. With Shadow of the Torturer, readers will follow the protagonist's personal journey while rooting for them to succeed, which will resonate with fans of Dune who are enthralled by Paul's journey. Read here.

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Playing on realistic fears of the climate crisis, Alyssa must figure out how to survive a deadly drought in order to save herself and her family. Sharing themes of betrayal, environmental destruction, and greed with Dune, Dry keeps readers on their toes as they see what difficult decisions Alyssa makes. Like in Dune, we 

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are being warned of our not-so-distant future and the evil side of human nature. Read here.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

After mysterious strangers abduct him, Jason, the protagonist in Dark Matter, wakes up in a world he's never known. In his new life, he is famed and admired; he's not the average Joe that he used to be. Of course, everything is not as it seems, and Jason finds himself on a journey to recover the life he was stolen 

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from. Jason fights for himself and preserves his loyalty to the family he's lost, just like Paul does in Dune. Both protagonists remain resilient, fighting any battle necessary to recover what is theirs. Read here.

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The Book of Eli

Book of Eli has a similar setting to Dune, an almost inhabitable desert nightmare. Here, we follow Eli, played by Denzel Washington, in a dystopian America that has become a wasteland. Everyone is after Eli's book; still, he continuously risks his life to protect it and to keep it out of the wrong hands. We follow his journey 

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of survival and his commitment to protecting humankind. Fans of Dune will enjoy the action and warfare that ensues as the mystery of Eli's book unfolds. Watch here.

 Bladerunner 2049

The world built in Bladerunner 2049 is visually beautiful yet shares the same cold and gritty thematic elements of Dune. You'll follow Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling, as he becomes increasingly self-reliant while trying to uncover truths on a chaotic and dangerous journey. Watch here.


Order is corrupted when Tris learns she is divergent, which means she doesn't belong to a particular faction in this seemingly utopian future Chicago. Divergent is based on the popular novel of the same name written by Veronica Roth. Similar to Dune, our female protagonist, Tris, is unique, making her a target. 

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Along with other "divergents," Tris is forced to battle for survival in a place that has turned against her. Watch here.

Snowpiercer, Television Series

Snowpiercer is a television adaptation of the French graphic novel, Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, and the 2013 film of the same name. This 4 season series shows the potential, horrifying impact of climate change. It is set in the future, where we live in a freezing and snowy abyss with an endlessly 

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traveling train that picks up survivors worldwide. The themes of class, politics, and social injustice arise, and just like in Dune, we are faced with relatable issues, even though the setting isn't. Human nature is naturally corrupt, and there is always someone power-hungry. Watch here.

 Mad Max: Fury Road

With nonstop action and thrills, Mad Max: Fury Road will entice any viewer who loves a post-apocalyptic adventure. Max has been traveling along the desolate desert road when he picks up Imperator Furiosa, who desperately attempts to escape the tyrannical Immortal Joe. They pick up other survivors along the way  

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to fight evil in hopes of finding refuge. If you love the barren desert descriptions in Dune along with revenge themes, you will surely enjoy the cinematic viewing experience of Mad Max: Fury Road. Watch here.

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Luna Corp is the first series of the Facing Fate podcast. It revolves around a mining crew working on the moon for their company, Luna Corp. They begin to face challenges and uncover unsettling mysteries they could have never prepared for. This science fiction podcast brings listeners on a thrilling and 

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sometimes scary journey of what could happen in outer space. Like Dune, the audience is taken on an outer space journey far more complex than initially anticipated.

The Leviathan Chronicles

The Leviathan Chronicles is a cinematic listening experience that takes place underwater in the Pacific Ocean. Leviathan is an untouched city that has remained undiscovered until the knowledge of its existence falls into the wrong hands. Now, they are on the brink of warfare, and it is up to the protagonist, 

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Macallan Orsel, who has links to Leviathan, to stop this chaos and destruction. The Leviathan Chronicles gives the listener a taste of a different world in the same way as Dune, where destruction and battles are imminent.


Seren is an intergalactic podcast named after its protagonist. Seren was exiled from her home planet, Lux, but the listener doesn't know why. Throughout the episodes, the listener learns more about Seren's story and why she was expelled from her home and sent on a mission. This podcast has out-of-this-

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world elements but is grounded in Seren's emotional nature. Dune fans will enjoy supernatural characters with human and relatable qualities.

 A Ninth World Journal

We have a science-fiction drama-filled podcast with A Ninth World Journal. Januae lives one billion years into the future but has a small problem. He seemingly teleports for no reason and cannot control this power. The places he goes are uncharted and, quite frankly, scary. His superpowers are not to be 

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envied, as we follow him on the journey and adventures that are the consequences of his gift. Like Paul in Dune, Januae must control his destiny with the fate he was given. This podcast is based on Monte Cook. LLC's Numenera, a tabletop roleplaying game. Listen here.

The Book of Constellations

The Book of Constellations will take you on a podcast road trip. Simon narrates the tales of Rael. Rael is the last survivor of his alien race and is on a mission to save the universe from the evil governor. Rael is willing to risk it all and, although flawed himself, cares more about the sake of humanity than his own 

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well-being.Fans of Dune will enjoy the heroic themes and the interstellar battle against evil. Listen here.

Fans of Dune will enjoy the heroic themes and the interstellar battle against evil.

There you have it! If you enjoyed Dune, then you're in for a treat with these mystery books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that blend sci-fi and mystery. From spine-tingling thrillers to time-twisting psychological dramas, there's something on this list for everyone. So curl up with your favorite blanket and get ready to be shocked, surprised, and entertained by your next favorite mystery.

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