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In Dune, Ix is the universe's Japan, creating gadgets of varying utility.

How do people in Herbert's universe pronounce the name? Is it "Nine" and the inhabitants are "Nine-ians"? Or is it "Icks" inhabited by "Icksians"?

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    You might also want to ask why Wallach IX isn't pronounced Wallach "Icks" – Valorum Dec 28 '15 at 17:54
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    +1 For "Ix is the universe's Japan" – Quiquȅ Jan 17 '16 at 3:11
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It's pronounced as written. Ixian = "ick-see-ann"

You can hear a clip of Frank Herbert reading from God Emperor of Dune to get a pronunciation guide

In-universe, the inhabitants of Ix ("icks") largely aren't aware that the name of their planet derives from a small joke about the position of their planet in their solar system

... They are surface truth. As well ignore what lies beneath that surface as … as try to understand my birthplanet, Ix, without exploring how we derived our name from the fact that we are the ninth planet of our sun. No … no. It is not enough to see Dune as a place of savage storms. It is not enough to talk about the threat posed by the gigantic sandworms.

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To add another source to Richard's excellent answer.

The Lynch movie Dune (1984), produced under Frank Herberts guidance, also establishes the pronounciation of "icks" for IX when a Guild navigator has a nice talk with the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. See here (youtube link).

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