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Brian Herbert

Author of House Atreides

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About the Author

Brian Herbert is an author and the son of Frank Herbert, the creator of the Dune series. Brian Herbert has had several stand-alone novels published but he is perhaps most well-known for his books that expand on his father's Dune novels. Written with author Kevin J. Anderson, these novels have been show more commercially successful and generally well received by the public. Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune novels House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino, The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, The Battle of Corrin, The Road To Dune, Hunters of Dune, Sandworms Of Dune, Paul Of Dune, The Winds Of Dune, and Sisterhood of Dune. Brian Herbert has also edited several works relating to the Dune universe and to his father. In 2003, he authored Dreamer of Dune, the biography of Frank Herbert, a Hugo Award finalist nomination. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Brian Herbet, Herbert Brian

Image credit: Brian Herbert at a book signing at Books Inc. in Mountain View, by Matt Crampton from Sunnyvale, CA, USA


Works by Brian Herbert

House Atreides (1999) 3,773 copies, 33 reviews
Dune: House Harkonnen (2000) 3,144 copies, 26 reviews
The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune, Book 1) (2002) — Author — 3,076 copies, 39 reviews
Dune: House Corrino (2001) 2,855 copies, 19 reviews
The Machine Crusade (2003) 2,499 copies, 18 reviews
The Battle of Corrin (2004) 2,269 copies, 21 reviews
Hunters of Dune (2006) 2,180 copies, 23 reviews
Sandworms of Dune (2007) 1,869 copies, 30 reviews
Paul of Dune (2008) 1,329 copies, 21 reviews
The Road to Dune (2005) 1,127 copies, 11 reviews
The Winds of Dune (2009) 985 copies, 9 reviews
Sisterhood of Dune (2012) — Author — 610 copies, 16 reviews
Man of Two Worlds (1986) 551 copies, 1 review
Mentats of Dune (2014) — Author — 389 copies, 8 reviews
Hellhole (2011) 377 copies, 14 reviews
Frank Herbert's Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 (2020) — Author — 370 copies, 8 reviews
Navigators of Dune (2016) — Author — 312 copies, 7 reviews
Dune: The Duke of Caladan (2020) 188 copies, 4 reviews
Hellhole: Awakening (2013) 162 copies, 3 reviews
The Race for God (1990) 140 copies
Dune: The Lady of Caladan (2021) 132 copies, 3 reviews
Hellhole Inferno (2014) 104 copies, 1 review
Sidney's Comet (1983) 98 copies, 3 reviews
Sudanna Sudanna (1985) 88 copies
Dune: The Heir of Caladan (2022) 87 copies
Garbage Chronicles (1985) 87 copies
Dune: House Atreides Volume 1 (2021) — Writer — 67 copies, 2 reviews
Prisoners of Arionn (1987) 64 copies
Blood on the Sun (1996) 43 copies
Princess of Dune (2023) 43 copies, 1 review
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (2014) 40 copies, 1 review
Tales of Dune (2011) 36 copies, 2 reviews
Timeweb (2006) 27 copies
Dune: Red Plague (2016) 27 copies, 1 review
Dune: The Faces of a Martyr (2004) 23 copies, 3 reviews
Dune: The Waters of Kanly (2023) 14 copies
Memorymakers (1991) 12 copies
Fremen Justice (2001) 12 copies, 1 review
Dune: House Atreides #3 (2020) — Author — 11 copies
Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1 (2021) 7 copies, 2 reviews
Dune: House Atreides #4 (2021) 7 copies
Dune: House Atreides #9 (2021) 6 copies
I cacciatori di Dune (2020) 6 copies
Dune: House Atreides #2 (2020) — Author — 6 copies
Classic Comebacks (1981) 6 copies
Dune: The Waters of Kanly #4 (2022) — Writer — 5 copies
Stormworld (2010) 5 copies
Dune: House Atreides #7 (2021) 5 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #2 (2023) 4 copies
Dune: House Atreides #6 (2021) 4 copies
A Whisper of Caladan Seas (1999) 4 copies
Dune, 02: Huis Atreides (2022) 4 copies
Dune: House Atreides #11 (2021) 3 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #3 (2023) 3 copies
Dune: House Atreides #8 (2021) 3 copies
Dune: House Atreides #1 (2020) 3 copies
Leggende di Dune (2023) 3 copies
Dune: House Atreides #5 (2021) 3 copies
Dune: House Atreides #10 (2021) 3 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #8 (2023) 2 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #7 (2023) 2 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #6 (2023) 2 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #5 (2023) 2 copies
Dune: House Harkonnen #4 (2010) 2 copies
Treasure in the Sand (2009) 2 copies
Preludio a Dune (2022) 2 copies
Dune: House Atreides #12 (2021) 2 copies
Pekelná díra (2014) 2 copies
V©Øn♯torii Dunei (2023) 1 copy
Sesterstvo Duny (2022) 1 copy
Mentati Duny (2014) 1 copy
Vzpoura (Hellhole, #2) (2015) 1 copy
Duna. Dědic Caladanu (2023) 1 copy
Písky Duny (2023) 1 copy

Associated Works

Dune (1965) — Afterword, some editions — 43,358 copies, 686 reviews
Elemental (2006) — Contributor — 180 copies, 4 reviews
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contributor — 147 copies, 5 reviews
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 112 copies, 1 review
Dark Destiny (1995) — Author — 100 copies, 1 review
Dante's Disciples (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies, 1 review
The Notebooks of Frank Herbert's Dune (1988) — Editor — 73 copies
Forbidden Acts (1995) — Contributor — 43 copies, 1 review
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 38 (2022) — Contributor — 33 copies, 8 reviews
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 71, No. 2 [Summer 1999] (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies


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Definitely an exhaustive resource about Frank. If you wanna know, like, beat for beat what he did on any given day of his life this is the way to go. I feel like I know more about what Frank and Bev ate on any given one of their vacations than I do about the world of Dune. Also kind of reads like a memoir from Brian.
Amateria66 | 3 other reviews | May 24, 2024 |
Snowplum85 | 2 other reviews | Apr 17, 2024 |
After reading Sandworms of Dune, I can finally set down the entire Dune Chronicles. I read The Legends of Dune trilogy, The Houses of Dune trilogy, Frank Herbert’s original 6 volumes in the Dune Chronicles and the concluding two volumes by his son and Kevin Anderson. This was a reading project that took me a couple of years to complete. I was unimpressed by Legends, found Houses to be entertaining, the original Dune is still a classic and the next four to be worth reading. FH’s last volume, Chapterhouse Dune was not as good though it ended on a very interesting note that I wish (as many others do) that he had been able to follow up on it. The last two volumes, Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune by BH and KJA were a slog to read - I found them frustrating.

So what annoyed me in Sandworms? The colonial attitude that the universe is for humans to do with as they wish without thought of other lifeforms. Resources are there to be used by humanity. I also found this attitude to be extended to women which was odd as women think of each other as resources to use both in breeding programs and as axlotl tanks.

Axlotl tanks! What an abhorrent idea. In the Houses trilogy and in the first couple of volumes of Frank’s original Dune books, the idea of using women simply as incubators was treated as something awful. By Sandworms, it had become normalized and offered sort of like a career choice to women. What a sad thing to suggest and it made no sense to continue with the technique. Using the axlotl tanks to resurrect characters long dead because they had special properties that might help humanity defeat the thinking machines sort of made sense when the thinking machines were a threat. But at the end of Sandworms, there has been a reconciliation between human and machine. What is the point if dehumanizing women to simply be incubators. Once the threat was removed this abhorrent technology should have been completed dismantled. It made no sense to me that it should continue.

And at the end of Sandworms the Bene Gesserit breeding program is apparently going to continue? Why? That also makes no sense! The BG breeding program had as its goal to produce the Kwisatz Haderach but by the end of Sandworms, the BG have committed to not producing another KH. So what is the point of continuing the breeding program? Why is it assumed in the book that this sort of positive eugenics is a good thing? Something that kept coming up in the books is how prescience and controlling the future becomes boring and static and that what makes life worth living is being surprised. A breeding program tries to avoid surprises - the point is to control what offspring are produced. This did not make sense to me that it should continue.

I did not like the appearance of an ultimate Kwisatz Haderach. What made the idea of a KH interesting was that the individual would be uniquely gifted and that they were the result of careful breeding. But now it seems in Sandworms that KHs are all over the place and can be engineered by ghola engineering. The KH is no longer unique and became, for me, a boring concept even though at the end of Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert did something really interesting with Miles Teg. But the character - the idea - didn’t develop well for me in subsequent novels.

I also did not appreciate how the Dune Chronicles ends with the other memory of the BG referred to as racial memory. I thought other memory was supposed to be something developed in humanity and not localized to a particular race.

Finally, at the end of Sandworms, there is supposed to be a great rapprochement between thinking machines and humans. But the ultimate KH gives the homeworld of the thinking machines to humans to do with as they see fit. Humans yet again get to colonize a world that was not theirs to begin with. And then, “thinking machines” are simply used by humans as workers to rehabilitate/terraform/rehabilitate worlds inhabited by humans. But there is no sense that these machine “partners” with humanity are given any agency. If they are thinking machines don’t they have their own goals/dreams/aspirations?

Very disappointing end to something that had such auspicious beginnings in the original Dune.
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5 vote
Neil_Luvs_Books | 29 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |
I find the writing style of BH and KJA to be … hmmm… everything they describe in their writing is the greatest, the largest, the mostest… when everything’s great everything becomes mundane and boring. It lacks nuance. Also, there are passages where I wonder how did they know that? For example on page 482 of the hardcover “Within the hour, Waff flew up to orbit, where the Heighliner waited for the return of the Valkyrie attack force. The immense black vessel, larger than most cities, shimmered with reflected sunlight. Another Guildship, one obviously equipped with a no-field, circled the planet in a lower orbit.” What made it obvious that it was equipped with a no-field? Little things like that drove me nuts.… (more)
Neil_Luvs_Books | 22 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |



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