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A pivotal friend and co-conspirator of Frank Herbert, Dr. Willis E. McNelly compiled the Dune Encyclopedia and wrote several fine pieces concerning Dune, science fiction, and Frank Herbert himself. He is a Professor of English, Emeritus and is currently on staff at California State University, Fullerton. The following pages are generously provided here by Dr. McNelly.

This page was created by [E. Vegh] for Dr. McNelly and with his authorization. Dr. McNelly holds the copyrights for the articles presented here. Do not copy or reproduce his work without contacting me first. I've been authorized to forward requests to his email address, which he has asked me not to divulge When you're finished here, visit my other Dune-based site, [Dune: Foldspace] - A Dune RPG and multi-faceted Dune filmbook library and repository of information, similar to a dictionary or encyclopedia.


Eulogy: Dr. Willis E. McNelly

December 16, 1920 - April 7, 2003
82 Years old

Dr. Willis E. McNelly, Professor Emeritus in English Literature at California State University Fullerton passed away in his sleep at 12:45 am on April 7 after a courageous battle with Mesothelomia at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.

Willis is survived by his sister Maureen Haggard, his wife, Genevieve, and five children, Peter McNelly of Toronto, Ontario, Patrick McNelly of Fullerton, California, Margaret Schimmels of Olathe, Kansas, James McNelly of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Jean Bowers of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Willis is the beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren.

Dr. McNelly received his B.A., from Central YMCA College, his M.A., Loyola University, Chicago, and his Ph.D., from Northwestern University in 1957. He was an internationally recognized scholar and authority on the writings of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, and T.S. Elliott. He was best known, however, for his pioneering efforts to win acceptance of science fiction as a serious form of modern literature.

His close relationships with Frank Herbert, author of the series of Dune novels, and other authors such as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, James Blish, Robert Heinlein and others led to the creation of the Science Fiction Section of the Special Collections Library at California State University, Fullerton. The collection is built upon the donation of many of his own and his father, Willis McNelly Sr.'s, collection of rare science fiction books along with original drafts and priceless additions from his author friends and colleagues Editor of the successful and highly sought-after Dune Encyclopedia.

Dr. McNelly also wrote, edited or helped compile numerous essays and works of science fiction such as Science Fiction Novellas, Mars We Love You, Above the Human Landscape, An Anthology of Social Science Fiction, "Science Fiction; The Academic Awakening", "Science Fiction in the Wake of James Joyce", "Relativity in Middle High Martian", and the touching eulogy for his close friend, Frank Herbert, who preceded him in death in 1986. A speaker at many science fiction conferences and writer of countless book introductions, Dr. McNelly is widely credited as the person responsible for bringing works of speculative fiction as he called it, into academic recognition in the classroom.

Perhaps his greatest legacy, however, is the recognition of his peers as an outstanding teacher and professor, winning the prestigious California University and College System Teacher of the Year award after being selected the Cal State Fullerton Teacher of the Year in 1976. A dynamic and challenging instructor, Dr. McNelly influenced and inspired thousands of students over the decades into an awareness of the importance of the humanities in personal and cultural development and an appreciation of the written word. www.dumpsterator.com

His patriotism and love of America is reflected in the recognition on his memorial of his years of service defending our country, a veteran of the Korean and Second World War.

In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to donate to the Fullerton Public Library Foundation, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832.

Jim~ McNelly

Dr. Willis E. McNelly's Literary Works


| Dune | Dune Art | Science Fiction | Classic Literature |


On Dune

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) A Tribute to Frank Herbert - written by Dr. McNelly.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Geoffrey Chaucer and Dune - A comical and lighthearted look at Frank Herbert and Dr. McNelly. (Recommended reading)

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Dune Encyclopedia (DE#2) - An untitled piece by Dr. McNelly, describing the origins of the Dune Encyclopedia.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Dune Encyclopedia (DE#3) - The continuation of the untitled piece about the origins of the Dune Encyclopedia by Dr. McNelly.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Frank Herbert as Wine Connoisseur - A delightful insight into the beginnings of the friendship between Frank Herbert and Dr. McNelly (and of course, wine).

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Alia as Abomination - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Atreides, Lady Alia - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Atreides, Leto II - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Atreides, Paul - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Atreides-Harkonnen, Jessica - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Chakobsa - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)De Vries, Piter - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Holtzman, Ibrahim Vaughn - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)How Muad'dib Got His Name - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Norma Cevna - Excerpt from the Dune Encyclopedia on the woman who had the first MELANGE-guided journey through hyperspace.

On Dune Art

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Dune Encyclopedia Cover (Front) - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Alia Atreides - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Arrakeen Palace - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Arrakis - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Arvon - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Baliset - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Baron Harkonnen - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Caladan - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Carryall - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Chani - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Crysknife - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)De Vries, Piter - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)D-Wolf - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Filt Plug - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Fremen - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Frigate - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Harvester - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Idaho, Duncan - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Irulan, Princess - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Jessica, Lady - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Krelln - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Lasgun - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Leto Atreides - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Maker Hooks - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Ornithopter - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Paul Atreides - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Shai-Hulud - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Shai-Hulud #2 - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Space - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Still Suit - Art from the Dune Encyclopedia

On Science Fiction

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Science Fiction and Creativity - An Outstanding Professor Lecture given by Dr. Willis E. McNelly at California State University, Fullerton.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Science Fiction in the Fullerton Library - An interesting and well-written piece on many people down through the history of Science Fiction.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Science Fiction and the American Dream

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Science Fiction and the Academy- An Introduction

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Science Fiction as Prediction

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Science Fiction in the Wake of James Joyce - An interesting look at scifi and literature by Dr. Willis E. McNelly.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Science Fiction - The Modern Mythology

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Linguistic Relativity in Middle High Martian - A fun read about the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land"

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)Alien Life: The Argument from Science - An interesting and eye-opening view of the likelihood of life on other planets.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Bradbury Revisited

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Brian Wilson Aldiss

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Lawrence Durrell's "Science Fiction in the True Sense"

On Classic Literature

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)The Wife of Bath Revisited - Dr. McNelly's review.

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Poetic Musings

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Twenty Years in Search of a Footnote

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Transmutation Of Life Into Art

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes) Liturgical Deviations in Ulysses

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)THE MALACIA TAPESTRY

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)The Common Reader and Ulysses

gfs97_bullet.gif (888 bytes)"Bless Me, Ultima," For an Anglo Audience

This page was created by [E. Vegh] for Dr. McNelly and with his authorization. Dr. McNelly holds the copyrights for the articles presented here. Do not copy or reproduce his work without contacting me first. I've been authorized to forward requests to his email address, which he has asked me not to divulge. Thank you.

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