Qeustion of Lady Jessica's mother

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May 9, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/9/96

I was perusing a Dune document in which it said that the author of Dune
Encyclopedia said Reverend Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam was Jessica's Mom.
Frank Herbert disagreed with him and later in the books named who it was,
and it wasn't Mohium. However, the D.E. author still insisted that he was
correct because the God Emperer highly modified history to suit his needs.
My question is, since Frank Herbert wrote the Dune series, shouldn't he
always be right?



May 10, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/10/96

as3 <a...@GANet.NET> wrote:

> -as3

Here is a snipit from a post from Dr. W. McNelly:
Is The Dune Encyclopedia Canon?

This document originally appeared in the alt.fan.dune newsgroup.

From: wmcn...@ccvax.fullerton.edu (Will McNelly)
Newsgroups: alt.fan.dune
Subject: Dune Ency as canon
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 11:52:00 -1000
As I said, it is a work of fiction about a work of fiction,
and it was compiled with FH's full approval and enthusiastic
encouragement. I consulted with him by phone very often, and he and I
had only one quibble - my assertion that Rev Mother Helen Gaius Mohiam

Jessica's true mother - which is contrary to what the books themselves
say where FH identified some shadowy figure as Tanicia Nerus as her
mother. However--REMEMBER that the material in the Riculoan crystals
were stored there by Leto who severely edited and modified and changed
the material to suit his own purposes. Leto was in effect a modifier
of history, so as I told Frank, my assertion about Jessica was just as
valid as Leto's - and he ultimately agreed - thinking that it was the
kind of scholarly BS that academics go in for - and he had a good
laugh out of it.

Will McNelly

I always thought the same as you until I read this post.


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