Purge wrote:It would be one thing IMO if Frank was still alive and selected and allowed others to write stories within the Duniverse regarding different points in the Dune timeline. This is clearly something different. I don't know whether or not Frank intended to continue. Considering he released Chapterhouse in 85 and died in 86 I can't say for sure he had no intention of "finishing" the events of Heretics and Chapterhouse. But I don't accept that Legends, SW, and Hunters were what he had in mind, and I think the preqs and these new "fillers" are inherently antithetical - and filled with antithetical information - to Frank's Dune books.
<cough> Lucas <cough> <cough>. Even in that case, Lucas has said publicly he likes having other people write their own versions and adventures in Star Wars because it has become a thing of its own. The difference here is that Star Wars is pop opera sci-fi in its original incarnation, so silliness doesn't sully it. (Just starfighter sized superweapons that have infinite shields and can only be flown by super-jedi. Wait if it can only be flown by superjedi, who designed the controls? Don't forget the fact that its designed to BLOW UP STARS but the creator didn't think the GALACTIC EMPIRE wanted it as a weapon... My Brain is chewing on itself right now rather than try and imagine that this was meant to be taken serious. Sorry i guess i need to start a trashe Kevin's Superweapons thread. Not to mention that in a tactical reenactment using the WEG D6 Star Wars Stats i used the Death Star I to beat the living shit out of the Sun Crusher)
TheDukester wrote:Frankly, I strongly suspect that the new Dune series has only one author, anyway ... and his name ain't "Herbert."
100% agree. I'd like to get an expert on body language to watch the KJA/BH interviews and point out everything that supports this as well as all the times they lie or obfuscate anything about the mythic notes. IMHO the offical timeline looks something like this
KJA: I called BH and said i wanted to write some Dune novels. Cause I was about done milking Star Wars, and getting some heat on certain "inconsistancies" that fans weren't able to stomach. Too bad for them i'm the author and they are just the consumer. Pfft. Anyway, Brian started to say "No, i don't thin..." but i told him to shut it unless he wanted my friends at the Co$ to start looking too deeply into his Luddite personality. Start signing him up for Techno mags and such. But Yeah, Brian said he'd think about it so i sent a letter to the HLP showing them how i could pump out books at the rate of at least 1 per year, and while i'd rather it be only my name on the cover, using a "Herbie" on the byline would definitely add credit, just in case some wacko hippie idiots wanted to start crying foul.
Brian said he'd like to at least look over my drafts to ensure the legacy and I agreed, knowing it would be easy to manipulate him once the money started pouring in. At first I only wanted a small share, but the plan was to eventually get myself in on the HLP's board since I did do most of the work. House Atreides came out, to rabid response from fans and talifans alike. talifans! you like that? i thought it up myself (STFU Karen). I like comparing people in defense of things sacred to them to people who are actively trying to kill innocent people. It makes me warm inside to see them squirm while at the same time making me look more American. Talifan, lawl. Anyway, after the House series, some nitpicking fanatics said I had ignored some key events and themes of the original...er Dune? yeah. I love that movie. Anyway, i had to think on my toes. I love my job but i can't just pull a Deus Ex Machina in real life now can I...hmmm.
I got in contact with some of my Co$ advertising friends. We came up with the idea that all those notes Frank had left behind might have a use after all. Turns out we had a couple of Floppies from an old computer that we found in a garage sale. Some other idiot had thought he had the chops to write a new Dune, but it was basically garbage fan fic. This gave me an idea. With the newly discovered 'disks' containing 'notes on Dune 7' we went to work copying and pasting Herbie's notes into something looking like an outline in his own handwriting!
Now those stupid Talifans would have to take as gospel that My writing was part of Dune Forever.