Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

Dune had lots of social themes that demand our attention today”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

OCdt (III) Colin Bond, Cadet Wing Band Quartermaster and a keen piper, answered Dr B’s insouciant weekly question, “what are you reading?”

A big sci-fi fan, the book he finished most recently is the classic Dune, by Frank Herbert. “Dune had lots of social themes that demand our attention today: the fallout of imperialism, the social rituals of religious faith. I liked, too, how spiritual traditions were treated like family heirlooms in the book, and how the harsh environment of the dune brings out the best in humanity.”

What’s the attraction to sci-fi? “I like the possibility it offers that today’s problems will be solved by technology.” But is that sci-fi or fantasy? OCdt Bond smiles: “I guess a bit of both; it’s nice to think about.”

What’s next on OCdt Bond’s literary plate? “I’m part-way through John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, but had to put it aside to do school work,” he admits. “I’m looking forward to the holidays so I can get back to it.”

One Comment

  • Chantel Lavoie

    October 22, 2018 at 9:24 am

    A fascinating read indeed, Colin! _Dune_ was so prescient about resources, wasn’t it? It certainly puts “reduce, reuse, recycle” in perspective when it comes to water. Thanks for sharing.

    Dr. Lavoie