The Dune Encyclopedia

ISBN: 0399129502
ISBN 13: 9780399129506
By: Willis Everett McNelly Frank Herbert

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EIGHT YEARS IN THE MAKING, THE WORK OF PAINSTAKING SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH, CONTAINING THOUSANDS OF ENTRIES AND CROSS-REFERENCES...Futurist, journalist, bestselling author, world-maker Frank Herbert's magnificent future history, The Dune Chronicles, has proven itself the most popular and enduring work of speculative fiction of our age—not only for the grandeur of its epic sweep, but for the complexity and intricacy of its world. Now, for the first time, Dune is revealed in panoramic detail—the people, the desert planet, the ecology, the history, the entire universe of the visionary masterpiece!- The legendary history of Paul Atreides, the Kwisatz Haderach - Salusa Secundus: The prison planet - Fremen Desert survival techniques - Duncan Idaho (10158-10191): Swordmaster of the Ginaz - A complete guide to the heraldry of the major house of Harkonnen - "How Muad'Dib got his name": a folktale from the Oral history - The Dune tarot; or the Golden Path - The assassin's handbook: a complete guide to professional Chaumurky

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An absolute necessity for any true Atreides vassal. I had a copy of this rarest of tomes, had it stolen by a roommate in college, then by pure chance, found a copy at a very tiny (and sparse) book sale in the neighborhood. Need I say more?If you find one of these, keep it. If you're over my house, steal it if you can. I would totally understand. :)

Phillip Lozano

Fun and mostly rewarding set of articles, stories and extrapolations based on Frank Herbert's first four (five?) 'Dune' novels. This really needs a reprint, as it completely blows away anything that Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have crapped out in the guise of prequels and sequels in intelligence, imagination, skill and taste.

Michael Gaudet

Semi hard to find, but lots of entertaining snippets on various topics from the Dune universe.

Iain Watson

Dune Encyclopedia Tr by Willis McNelly (1984)


"A must for every Dune fanatic. Some great speculative back story for the Dune Universe. I was disappointed Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson didn't follow it more closely in their ""preludes"" to Dune. "


This is the best companion to the dune series. I was overjoyed to find it at a used book store. It really stokes the imagination for the dune universe

Fred Mephisto

Although this is a really neat book in that it adds a lot of supplementary material to the Dune mythos, it actually isn't as much of a reference book as I had hoped. Often times things I would expect to have a complete entry (i.e. Water of Life) will only be mentioned in other entries, and even then sometimes only briefly.

Natasha M

Buy this for me, please?


The information was written (and it is most certainly not canonical) before God Emperor was complete. I liked it well enough, but its rarity makes it worth owning.

Mike Castaldo

Good luck finding this! I had to acquire mine through the library and I'm never giving it up


Fortunately, this work was compiled before Brian Herbert began that truly awful continuation of his father's masterpiece (overall, there were some pretty weak entries in Herbert pere's oeuvre, let's be honest).It pretends to be a collection of select finds from the Rakis Hoard, discovered 2 millennia after Leto II's death, and there's a wealth of fascinating material that brings a richness and depth to the Corrino and Atreides Imperia. For example, there are biographical entries for all of the major characters of the series. Sometimes more than one - Paul gets three entries, one of which is the highly edited version produced under the God Emperor.There are also entries that explain the Holtzman Effect, which produced both the personal shield and the means for FTL travel. There's a history of the Bene Gesserit that can be read as an accurate portrayal of a matriarchal cabal that has existed since the Neolithic or as the self-serving chronicle of an organization that can trace its origins to the Butlerian Jihad. There's an explanation of Imperial administration and the Great Convention that governed human affairs for 10 millennia; the origins of Mentats and Sardaukar; an exploration Fremen poetry; the role of the Missionaria Protectiva; a rundown of Duncan Idaho and the gholas who served the Atreides for 3,000+ years; and a furtive look at the vile Bene Tleilax and their face dancers.There's also a fascinating essay (supposedly one of the few writings that can be attributed to Paul Maud'dib) about the origins, purpose and influence of the Orange Catholic Bible.Overall, a wonderful companion to the Dune series (though I wish it could have incorporated some of the material from the later books, particularly the Honored Matres).


i think this book is rich of information

John Scott

One for the purists and good fun. The edition I have has a different cover.

Tim Clouse

Wonderful background material that is consistent with Herbert's work. Brian Herbert's failure to use it is an tremendous blunder.Glad I have kept it all these years. Looks to be a collector's item.


Yes I am a big enough dork to give the Dune Encyclopedia a fifth star. This is also the only book that I've ever stolen in my life. I stole it from my high school library. This is still the only thing that I've done that I feel deeply ashamed of. I know that I’m not a terribly good person so I believe that means that I have one seriously screwed up conscience.

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