Thanks for the warm welcome, good to be "back", as it were.
For the record, I am the original "The Preacher" from the long-defunct Dreamers of Dune forum. It was the only forum I regularly frequented
My original foray into the on-line Dune world was at The Lansraad, which I joined shortly after being sucked into reading Dune: House Atreides. I was understandly quite disgruntled at the time and my posts there were none-too-flattering where Pinky and The Brian were concerned, going so far as to accuse them of fabricated these "lost notes" solely for the pusposes of exploiting Frank Herbert's masterpiece sheerly for selfish profit. Unfortunately - or forutunately for me, as I choose to look at it, the admins at The 'Raad had their noses buried so far up Brian Herbert's ass that they could tell you what he had for breakfast that morning. Needless to say, my tenure with them was short in the extreme and I was bounced before I could exclaim "Kull wahad!" Their loss, may their knives chip and shatter.
I guess that makes me a true castout so it stands to reason that I should become a member here. By the way, I love the title and the premise of this forum and, since my favourite Dune character and my chosen nickname has always been "The Preacher", it seems that this truly is meant to be the on-line Dune forum for me!
I recognize some names from the old days, it's good to see you all still at it and going strong.
If Frank Herbert were alive today he'd be spinning in his grave if he could see what they've done to his legacy.
I bought the very first prequel on Amazon as soon as it was available. God! I wouldn't wipe me arse with that trash! Never again, says I. Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.