TIL that the first edition of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” was published by by Chilton Book Company, which up to that point had only published its famous Chilton automotive repair manuals.

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And the *Hunt for Red October* was first published by the US Naval Institute Press, which usually published textbooks and policy manuals for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.


They were positioning themselves to get in on the lucrative spice harvester repair market. After all, the spice must flow.


There are so many stories of super famous books only barely being published by the skin of their teeth, that it makes you wonder how many works of equal or greater caliber ended up as manuscripts collecting dust in the attic after the 35th rejection.


Dune, or How to Repair Your Ornithopter


Those other publishers were afraid. Fear is the mind killer.