It is this post and the ensuing comment thread that make me refuse the label "intellectual".
These people need to seriously lighten up. What a bunch of doofuses.
For the record, Frank Herbert wrote Dune for a penny and a half a word as an ongoing serial in one of the pulp science fiction magazines. Anything else was just froth.
Don't even get me started on the very first comment. When someone takes themselves this seriously, all others should do is point and laugh.