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Willis E. McNelly was an English professor at Cal State Fullerton. He authored The Dune Encyclopedia (a companion to Frank Herbert’s Dune novels) and edited several textbooks on science fiction as serious literature. He and his wife were also prominent figures in the Catholic lay action movement in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Willis E. McNelly
In 1980, Dr. Willis E. McNelly, a pioneer in the academic study of science fiction as a literary genre, offered his thoughts to 'America' on sci-fi and religion.