Excerpt from the Drunken Idaho secret summation on the discoveries at Dar-es-Attic:
Herewith THE minority report. We will, because we have no choice, comply with the majority decision to apply a careful screening, editing and censorship to the notes from Dar-es-Attic, but our arguments must be heard. We recognize the interest of the Herbert Limited Partnership in these matters and the political dangers have not escaped our notice. We share a desire with the Partnership that Dune and the Holy Reservation of the Exploited Author not become "a series for retards and children." However, now that all of the notes are in our hands, authenticated and translated, the clear shape of the Herbert Design emerges. As a dude trained by common schooling to understand the ways of our decent reading, I have a natural desire to share the pattern we have exposed which is so much more than Dune to Prequels to Sequels, thence to Interquels. The interests of history and literature must be served. The notes throw a valuable new light onto that accumulation of personal recollections and summaries from the Road to Dune Days, the 'Tard Bible. We cannot be unmindful of those familiar oaths: "By the Incompetent Son of Frank!" and "By the Nine Novels of Kevin J. Anderson!" The persistent Cult of Sister Beverly assumes new significance because of the notes' disclosures. Certainly, the partnership's characterization of Caladan/Kaitan deserves careful reevaluation. We of the Minority must remind the political censors that the poor writing in the Andersonian Reservation cannot provide us with an alternative to Prose of Frank Herbert, nor are the tiny amounts of Partnership-controlled melange any real philosophical threat to the products of the Original Six. No! We argue that the myths, the ImmOral History, the 'Tard Bible, and even the Holy Books of the Exploited Author must be compared with the notes from Dar-es-Attic. Every historical reference to the Splattering and the Famine Times has to be taken out and reexamined! What have we to fear? No Ixian machine can do what we, the disciples of reason and justice, have done. How many forums have we populated? None can guess. No one person will ever know. Does the Partnership fear the occasional prophet? We know that the visionaries cannot see us nor predict our decisions.
No poor literature can find all of humankind. Must we of the Minority join our fellows of the Splattering before we can be heard? Must we leave the original core of humankind ignorant and uninformed? If the Majority drives us out, you know we never again can be found! We do not want to leave. We are held here by that pearl of awareness. We are disgusted by the Partnership's use of the books as "the suns of misunderstanding." Surely, no reasoning human can escape the notes' revelations in this regard. The admittedly fugitive but vital uses of archeology must have their day! Just as the primitive method with which Frank Herbert concealed his notes can only teach us about the evolution of our machines (attics, lock boxes, and safe deposits), just so, that ancient awareness must be allowed to speak to us. It would be a crime against both historical accuracy and literature for us to abandon our attempts at communication with that "pearl of awareness" which the notes have located. Is Frank Herbert lost in his endless dream or could he be reawakened to our times, brought to full consciousness as a storehouse of historical accuracy? How can Unholy Partnership fear this truth? For the Minority, we have no doubt that historians must listen to that voice from our beginnings. If it is only the notes, we must listen. We must listen across at least as many years into our future as those journals lay hidden in our past. We will not try to predict the discoveries yet to be made within those pages. We say only that they must be made. How can we turn our backs on our most important inheritance? As the poet, Lon Bramlis, has said: "We are the fountain of surprises!"
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