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<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>
 
<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.
 
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.
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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>
 
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>
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