xcalibur wrote:exactly, they see Dune as a cash cow, and their job is to milk it to death.
originally there was going to be a thematic symmetry to the series. the first three books are a trilogy, then god emperor (the intellectual capstone, with long time intervals between), then the second trilogy set after the Scattering. unfortunately it wasn't finished, but at least we've got 6/7.
the decent thing to do would be to release the outline & notes, but as I'm sure these contradict the direction B&K went in, of course they won't.
Well, I am inclined to agree with you, although from the reading I have been doing, these men insist that "Hunters of Dune" and "Sandworms of Dune" are in fact based on Frank's floppy disks.
And you know, if these men were good writers, along the caliber of Frank, I wouldn't even mind them doing what they did. But if they are not, then they really ought to be arrested for indecency!
I mean, look, I haven't read House Atreides or House Harkonnen, which I downloaded with the original 6. Although I expect you all are right, the books are on my Kindle, simply because they were there. I shall read them, at my own risk, admittedly. I shall make my own opinion of them, and I shall try to be fair toward them. But it does sound like they are rather awful.
On another note, I have been reading my copy of the Orange Catholic Bible, Prescient Edition. It starts out with some Upanishads. I am not sure how realistic the book truly is, in terms of what a true OCB would look like, had Frank actually written one. I suspect, TBH, not very.
But, it is interesting nonetheless. It would not have occurred to me to read the Katha Upanishad, or frankly, any others, without being goaded (in a good way) to do so by this text. I am a Lutheran Christian, and I have studied and read the Bible, the Qur'an, the Book of Mormon, some Buddhist stuff, I have a BA in Philosophy (and an MA in History, but that's by the by), the other Mormon stuff, quite a bit of the Urantia Book, and off and on throughout the years various oddball stuff that claims to be holy literature from one group or other. But I freely admit that I have never really reviewed Hindu stuff, except a bit of the Baghavad-Gita. I have studied ABOUT the religion, but not the Scriptures themselves.
So reading the OCB does put me in touch with some interesting stuff that it might not have occurred to me to read. Is the text truly what I would expect the OCB to be? Well, that is debatable. But was it still worth the US$19.99 that I paid for it? I would say yes. And as far as being the OCB, its a good starting point. I think the author(s) probably at least read the "Dune" Series. And I think that it presents a good jumping off point for someone(s) who wanted to go further with it, and create something that was a little more like what I think Frank may have had in mind.