“Foundation” is a fictional world grounded in logic, whereas “Dune” is one grounded in large, philosophical ideas.
Asimov is very disinterested in the individual characters of “Foundation”, choosing instead to focus on how society changes over a broad period of time.
“Foundation” and “Dune” Explore Similar Themes, in Vastly Different Ways
“Foundation” and “Dune” are about to debut adaptations. Both have a very similar, very cynical message about the future of human civilization.
Classic SF has reoccurring iconography and themes that resonate throughout the various works and decades.
Asimov’s “Foundation” Trilogy and Frank Herbert’s “Dune” are chief among these, introducing philosophical discussions centered around human civilization, our religious ideologies, as well as what keeps society functioning.”