Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was an American science fiction writer most famous for his Dune series of novels. The Litany against fear is the mantra of a group of powerful women in the Dune books called the Bene Gesserit, who have achieved superhuman powers from mental and physical training. I haven’t read any of the Dune books, even though I know Dune to be considered the greatest science fiction novel ever. I guess i’m pretty intimidated by the mythology – it seems pretty hardcore, even for someone like me who’s read the works of Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison and watched the Star Wars saga countless times. From what I’ve read, the Bene Gesserit sound like Jedis … am I way off? Did I just ruin whatever science fiction street cred I had by asking that?

– This quote was submitted by Julian on the Zen Pencils Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Dune fan to love it – I think it’s very powerful and true – fear really IS the mind-killer. So thank you to Julian for introducing me to it.
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