[PW] PBS's THE GREAT AMERICAN READ
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Tue May 22 18:27:11 PDT 2018
Flipped on PBS's THE GREAT AMERICAN READ in time to see and hear Meredith Vieira describe DUNE as having been published in serial form by a publisher better known for auto manuals...little did you know that Chilton published the magazine ANALOG (pro tip--it didn't...John Campbell's ANALOG magazine, published at that time by Conde Nast, serialized two Dune short novels that were brought together for the novel DUNE as published by Chilton in its first hardcover edition). (Also that DUNE has outsold all of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Shelley. I'd bet not so much.)
Wil Wheaton only slightly more well-informed: "At a time when a lot of science fiction was focused on rocket ships and laser guns [which the producers cleverly decided would be best represented by a paperback of the fifth THE BEST FROM FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION], DUNE is a beautiful allegory for what we can do as humans..."
But, then, Wheaton's jonesing for justice in narrative art was Even More sated by DUNE than by the destruction of the Death Star in STAR WARS. So, there's that.
And, as I've noted elsewhere, SF was not remotely Mostly about ray guns and rocket ships when DUNE was published. Grr. And THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION was, and arguably remains, the most literate of newsstand magazines devoted to the fields of literature in its title.
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