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<blockquote>''I am not repeat NOT interested in any financial gain from reprinting the DE. I would like to see it in print again because I am proud of the work done by my many contributors to the volume as well as of the vast amount of material it adds to the Arrakeen saga.''<ref name="afd">Dr. McNelly's Usenet posts on reprint negotiation, e.g. [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.dune/msg/d0dcad69b388ef77?dmode=source], [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.dune/msg/1c4d86008ac8458b?dmode=source].</ref></blockquote>
 
<blockquote>''I am not repeat NOT interested in any financial gain from reprinting the DE. I would like to see it in print again because I am proud of the work done by my many contributors to the volume as well as of the vast amount of material it adds to the Arrakeen saga.''<ref name="afd">Dr. McNelly's Usenet posts on reprint negotiation, e.g. [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.dune/msg/d0dcad69b388ef77?dmode=source], [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.dune/msg/1c4d86008ac8458b?dmode=source].</ref></blockquote>
   
Despite his persistence, the [[Herbert Properties LLC|Herbert estate]] refused to allow it. McNelly warned fans against taking matters into their own hands and releasing the ''Encyclopedia'' online for free, and hinted at his frustration in the face of HLP lawyers;
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Despite his persistence, the [[Herbert Properties LLC|Herbert estate]] refused to allow it. McNelly warned fans against taking matters into their own hands and releasing the ''Encyclopedia'' online for free, and hinted at his frustration in the face of HLP lawyers;<blockquote>''I cannot, ethically, legally, or morally or even practically permit anyone to use anything from the DE unless prior permission is granted by the FH estate. And that is as likely as finding open water on Arrakis. And I strongly - VERY strongly - suggest that you do not risk the wrath of FH's attorneys in using any of this material in a way not permitted by the current copyright laws. Frankly, I know of no one in the a.f.d. ''[alt.fan.dune Usenet Group]'' group who has the money to defend him/her self against a lawsuit. I know whereof I speak. ''<ref name="afd"/></blockquote>
   
<blockquote>''I cannot, ethically, legally, or morally or even practically permit anyone to use anything from the DE unless prior permission is granted by the FH estate. And that is as likely as finding open water on Arrakis. And I strongly - VERY strongly - suggest that you do not risk the wrath of FH's attorneys in using any of this material in a way not permitted by the current copyright laws. Frankly, I know of no one in the a.f.d. ''[alt.fan.dune Usenet Group]'' group who has the money to defend him/her self against a lawsuit. I know whereof I speak. ''<ref name="afd"/></blockquote>
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The reason for the estate's refusal to reprint the ''Encyclopedia'' may be that many of the ideas and information presented in ''The Dune Encyclopedia'' go directly against the later two prequel trilogies, and sequel duology written after Frank Herbert's death by [[Brian Herbert]] (Frank Herbert's son) and [[Kevin J. Anderson]], which they state complete the original series. Brian Herbert and Anderson have also stated that when writing these books, they drew on Frank Herbert's own notes, left behind after his death. In response to questions over why the new post-Frank Herbert ''Dune'' novels conflicted with ''The Dune Encyclopedia'', the book was declared non-canon on the official ''Dune'' website in a letter credited to McNelly, Brian Herbert, and Anderson:<blockquote>''"THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA reflects an alternate "DUNE universe" which did not necessarily represent the "canon" created by [[Frank Herbert]]. Frank Herbert's son, [[Brian Herbert]], writing with [[Kevin J. Anderson]], IS continuing to establish the canon of the DUNE universe. This is being done with the full approval of the owner of the DUNE copyright, the [[Herbert Limited Partnership]].''</blockquote><blockquote>''<br />"While Frank Herbert himself considered THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA interesting and entertaining, he did not refer to Dr. McNelly's derivative work while writing any of his DUNE novels. Likewise, in writing their DUNE novels (beginning with [[Dune: House Atreides (novel)|DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES]]), Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have exclusively used, and will continue to use, Frank Herbert's original notes as well as their own imaginations, and not THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA.''</blockquote><blockquote>''<br />"We hope that the millions of DUNE fans will continue to enjoy all of the works written in Frank Herbert's marvelous universe."<br /><br />A letter written by<br />Dr. Willis McNelly,<br />Brian Herbert, and<br />Kevin J. Anderson'' <ref>Why do the new prequels sometimes contradict the history set forth in THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA compiled by Dr. Willis E. McNelly? [[http://old.dunenovels.com/FAQ.html]]</ref></blockquote>
   
The reason for the estate's refusal to reprint the ''Encyclopedia'' may be that many of the ideas and information presented in ''The Dune Encyclopedia'' go directly against the later two prequel trilogies, and sequel duology written after Frank Herbert's death by [[Brian Herbert]] (Frank Herbert's son) and [[Kevin J. Anderson]], which they state complete the original series. Brian Herbert and Anderson have also stated that when writing these books, they drew on Frank Herbert's own notes, left behind after his death. In response to questions over why the new post-Frank Herbert ''Dune'' novels conflicted with ''The Dune Encyclopedia'', the book was declared non-canon on the official ''Dune'' website in a letter credited to McNelly, Brian Herbert, and Anderson:
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The wording of the letter raised some eyebrows the wording does not reference that the ''Encyclopedia'' is and always was a fallible in-universe document that openly misrepresents known history and adds historical embellishments. It was also noted as being oddly out-of-step with McNelly's previous statements prompting speculation that he was not involved in the drafting of the letter.
   
<blockquote>''"THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA reflects an alternate "DUNE universe" which did not necessarily represent the "canon" created by [[Frank Herbert]]. Frank Herbert's son, [[Brian Herbert]], writing with [[Kevin J. Anderson]], IS continuing to establish the canon of the DUNE universe. This is being done with the full approval of the owner of the DUNE copyright, the [[Herbert Limited Partnership]].''</blockquote>
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Dr. Willis E. McNelly died on April 7, 2003. The ''Encyclopedia'' remains out-of-print. Despite McNelly's warnings, several fan-made, searchable .PDF versions are indeed available online.<ref>The Dune Encyclopedia [[http://www.thedune.ru/encyclopedia.html]]</ref>
<blockquote>''<br />"While Frank Herbert himself considered THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA interesting and entertaining, he did not refer to Dr. McNelly's derivative work while writing any of his DUNE novels. Likewise, in writing their DUNE novels (beginning with [[Dune: House Atreides (novel)|DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES]]), Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have exclusively used, and will continue to use, Frank Herbert's original notes as well as their own imaginations, and not THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA.''</blockquote><blockquote>''<br />"We hope that the millions of DUNE fans will continue to enjoy all of the works written in Frank Herbert's marvelous universe."<br /><br />A letter written by<br />Dr. Willis McNelly,<br />Brian Herbert, and<br />Kevin J. Anderson'' <ref>Why do the new prequels sometimes contradict the history set forth in THE DUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA compiled by Dr. Willis E. McNelly? [[http://old.dunenovels.com/FAQ.html]]</ref></blockquote>
 
The wording of the letter raised some eyebrows — the wording does not reference that the ''Encyclopedia'' is and always was a fallible in-universe document that openly misrepresents known history and adds historical embellishments. It was also noted as being oddly out-of-step with McNelly's previous statements, prompting speculation that he was not involved in the drafting of the letter.
 
 
Dr. Willis E. McNelly died on April 7, 2003. The ''Encyclopedia'' remains out of print. Despite McNelly's warnings, several fan-made, searchable .PDF versions are indeed available online.<ref>The Dune Encyclopedia [[http://www.thedune.ru/encyclopedia.html]]</ref>
 
   
 
==Influence==
 
==Influence==
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*[http://www.thestargates.com/dune/#dune Official site of the ''The Dune Encyclopedia''] with illustrations and excerpts.
 
*[http://www.thestargates.com/dune/#dune Official site of the ''The Dune Encyclopedia''] with illustrations and excerpts.
 
*[http://encyclopedia.hairyticksofdune.net/ Fansite] which attempts to discover its contributors and determine current status
 
*[http://encyclopedia.hairyticksofdune.net/ Fansite] which attempts to discover its contributors and determine current status
 
 
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