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Frank Herbert (1920–1986)

Author of Dune

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About the Author

Frank Herbert was born Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington on October 8, 1920. He worked originally as a journalist, but then turned to science fiction. His Dune series has had a major impact on that genre. Some critics assert that Herbert is responsible for bringing in a new branch show more of ecological science fiction. He had a personal interest in world ecology, and consulted with the governments of Vietnam and Pakistan about ecological issues. The length of some of Herbert's novels also helped make it acceptable for science fiction authors to write longer books. It is clear that, if the reader is engaged by the story---and Herbert certainly has the ability to engage his readers---length is not important. As is usually the case with popular fiction, it comes down to whether or not the reader is entertained, and Herbert is, above all, an entertaining and often compelling writer. His greatest talent is his ability to create new worlds that are plausible to readers, in spite of their alien nature, such as the planet Arrakis in the Dune series. Frank Herbert died of complications from pancreatic cancer on February, 11, 1986, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was 65. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Please do not combine with the art historian Herbert Frank (1909-1979) (pseud. Frank Andermann)

Series

Works by Frank Herbert

Dune (1965) — Author — 41,817 copies
Dune Messiah (1969) 16,041 copies
Children of Dune (1976) 13,629 copies
God Emperor of Dune (1981) 10,640 copies
Heretics of Dune (1984) 8,379 copies
Chapterhouse: Dune (1985) 7,820 copies
The Dosadi Experiment (1977) 1,927 copies
The White Plague (1982) 1,801 copies
The Jesus Incident (1979) 1,548 copies
Destination: Void (1978) 1,315 copies
Whipping Star (1969) 1,241 copies
The Lazarus Effect (1983) 1,114 copies
The Road to Dune (2005) 1,104 copies
The Godmakers (1972) 1,102 copies
The Dragon in the Sea (1955) 1,083 copies
Hellstrom's Hive (1973) 969 copies
The Santaroga Barrier (1968) 953 copies
The Eyes of Heisenberg (1966) — Author — 948 copies
The Green Brain (1966) 855 copies
Eye (1956) 684 copies
The Ascension Factor (1988) 654 copies
The Heaven Makers (1968) 599 copies
Soul Catcher (1972) 558 copies
Man of Two Worlds (1986) 537 copies
The Worlds of Frank Herbert (1958) 443 copies
Dune, Part 1/2 (1965) 415 copies
The Book of Frank Herbert (1952) 393 copies
Direct Descent (1980) 333 copies
Dune, Part 2/2 (1965) 279 copies
Dune: Special Edition, Director's Cut [2000 TV miniseries] (2000) — Book; Author — 185 copies
Five Fates (1970) 184 copies
The Priests of Psi (1958) 168 copies
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune [2003 TV mini series] (2003) — Screenwriter — 150 copies
Backdrop of Stars (1968) — Contributor — 90 copies
Nebula Winners Fifteen (1981) — Editor — 86 copies
High-Opp (2012) 69 copies
Dune: The Official Comic Book (1984) — Author — 59 copies
Dune / Dune Messiah (1975) 55 copies
Mindfield! (1962) 37 copies
Songs Of Muad'dib (1992) 31 copies
Missing Link (2010) 29 copies
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... (1974) — Editor — 29 copies
Old Rambling House (1958) 23 copies
The Dune Encyclopedia - Volume 1 (1999) — Series Creator — 23 copies
Operation Haystack (2010) 21 copies
The Dune Encyclopedia - Volume 2 (1999) — Series Creator — 18 copies
Angels' Fall (2013) 12 copies
The Tactful Saboteur (1964) 11 copies
Dune Audio Collection (1995) 9 copies
A Game of Authors (2013) 7 copies
Dune. Ediz. film (2021) 7 copies
Escape Felicity (1966) 7 copies
New World or No World (1970) 6 copies
Try to Remember (1959) 5 copies
Dune Calendar 1978 (1977) 5 copies
Dune World (1963) 5 copies
Greenslaves (1965) 5 copies
Seed Stock (1970) 5 copies
Committee Of The Whole (1965) 4 copies
Kroniki Diuny. Diuna (2022) 4 copies
A Thorn in the Bush (2014) 4 copies
By The Book [short story] (1966) 4 copies
Opowiadania zebrane. 2 (2017) 3 copies
Der Wüstenplanet (2009) 3 copies
Dune 3 copies
Messia di Dune 3 copies
The Featherbedders (1967) 3 copies
Murder Will In (1970) 3 copies
The Nothing {short story} (1956) 3 copies
Klit bind 2 (1985) 3 copies
Mating Call (1961) 3 copies
Rat Race (1955) 3 copies
Operation Syndrome (1954) 2 copies
Coffret darwi odrade 2vol (1993) 2 copies
Duin Kapittel (Duin #6) (2019) 2 copies
Duna 2 copies
Experimentul Dosadi (1993) 2 copies
El messies de Dune (2023) 2 copies
Occupation Force (1955) 2 copies
Dune boxset (1983) 2 copies
Gambling Device (1973) 2 copies
Egg And Ashes 2 copies
Cease Fire 1 copy
Spasiteľ Duny (2019) 1 copy
Deti Duny (2020) 1 copy
Kacíri Duny (2022) 1 copy
沙丘 (1965) 1 copy
Children of Dune: Episode 3 — Original author — 1 copy
Children of Dune: Episode 2 — Original author — 1 copy
The Cage 1 copy
El efecto Lazaro (1993) 1 copy
Kroniki Diuny 1 Diuna (2021) 1 copy
Düüni lapsed (2022) 1 copy
A dűne - Muad-Dib (1997) 1 copy
Dune 1.1 (2019) 1 copy
Dune 1.2 (2019) 1 copy
Coffret leto le tyran (1992) 1 copy
Dune Genesis 1 copy
تلماسه 1 copy
Capricornia 1 copy
Duna 1 1 copy
Wilfred 1 copy

Associated Works

Underworld (1997) — Translator, some editions — 7,936 copies
The Dune Encyclopedia (1984) — Introduction — 604 copies
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contributor — 529 copies
Dune [1984 film] (1984) — Original novel — 483 copies
Medea: Harlan's World (1985) — Contributor — 286 copies
Dune {2021 film} (2021) — Original novel — 260 copies
A Century of Science Fiction (1962) — Contributor — 191 copies
17 X Infinity (1900) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
Seven Trips through Time and Space (1968) — Contributor — 113 copies
Mars, We Love You (1971) — Contributor — 108 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies
The 1979 Annual World's Best SF (1979) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Planets (1985) — Contributor — 104 copies
13 Above the Night (1965) — Contributor — 92 copies
Future City (1973) — Contributor — 87 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume II (1986) — Contributor — 72 copies
Give Me Liberty (2002) — Contributor — 62 copies
Dune: House Atreides Volume 1 (2021) — Creator — 61 copies
TV:2000 (1982) — Contributor — 50 copies
Car Sinister (1979) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Wounded Planet (1973) — Introduction, some editions — 48 copies
Science Fiction Inventions (1967) — Contributor — 45 copies
Dream's Edge (1980) — Contributor — 40 copies
On Our Way to the Future (1970) — Contributor — 39 copies
SF: Authors' Choice (1968) — Contributor — 38 copies
Analog 7 (1966) — Contributor — 36 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 38 (2022) — Contributor — 34 copies
Tomorrow's Alternatives (Anthology 12-in-1) (1973) — Introduction — 34 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Analog Anthology #8: Writers' Choice Volume II (1984) — Contributor — 25 copies
Weekend book of science fiction (1981) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Best of Amazing (1967) — Contributor, some editions — 20 copies
Analog 4 (1901) — Contributor — 19 copies
Univers 1980 (1980) — Contributor — 17 copies
Masterpieces of Science Fiction (1978) — Author — 15 copies
The Best of Thomas N. Scortia (1981) — Introduction — 14 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1977 July, Vol. 38, No. 5 (1977) — Author — 12 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1955 11 (1955) — Contributor — 11 copies
International Relations Through Science Fiction (1978) — Contributor — 11 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1969 July, Vol. 28, No. 5 (1969) — Contributor — 11 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1958 01 (1958) — Contributor — 10 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1965 April, Vol. 23, No. 4 (1965) — Contributor — 10 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1966 August, Vol. 24, No. 6 (1966) — Contributor — 10 copies
De dwarsgesneden wereld en andere verhalen (1978) — Contributor — 9 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1966 April, Vol. 24, No. 4 (1966) — Contributor — 9 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1969 November, Vol. 29, No. 3 (1969) — Contributor — 9 copies
Alfa vijf : sf-verhalen (1976) — Contributor — 9 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1965 August, Vol. 23, No. 6 (1965) — Contributor — 8 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1964 October, Vol. 23, No. 1 (1964) — Contributor — 8 copies
Science Fiction Stories 12 (1980) — Contributor — 7 copies
Bifrost n°63 (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 7 copies
Fantastic Universe January 1956 (1955) — Contributor — 5 copies
Pulse Pounders (2015) — Contributor — 5 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 11 (1972) — Contributor — 5 copies
Lot : det bedste fra Fantasy & science fiction (1988) — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 41, No. 4 [October 1967] (1967) — Contributor — 3 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 10 — Contributor — 2 copies
Children of Dune: Episode 1: Messiah — Original author — 1 copy
Thrilling Science Fiction, December 1973 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Herbert, Franklin Patrick, Jr.
Birthdate
1920-10-08
Date of death
1986-02-11
Burial location
cremated
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Place of death
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Cause of death
Pulmonary embolism
Places of residence
Tacoma, Washington, USA (birth)
Hawaii, USA
Washington, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA (death)
Education
University of Washington (no degree)
Occupations
journalist
editor
writer
author
novelist
photographer
Relationships
Herbert, Brian (son)
Organizations
United States Navy
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
University of Washington (lecturer)
Awards and honors
SF Hall Of Fame (Posthumous Inductee, 2006)
Short biography
Né le 8 octobre 1920 au Etats-Unis à Tacoma dans l’état de Washington et mort le 11 février 1986 . Franck Patrick Herbert commence à publier de la science fiction en 1952 dans Starling stories. Le succès arrive en 1955 avec la publication de son premier roman « UNDER PRESSURE » dans Astounding magazine.Homme de science, il a effectué des recherches dans divers domaines tel que la géologie sous-marine, la botanique des régions tropicales , la psychologie , l’ethnologie…

En tant qu’expert , il a participé à l’instruction de pilotes de la NASA. Il a aussi enseigné a l’université de Seattle.Avant son décès , il vivait à Port Townsend ou il menait un projet de culture écologique ( le Projet Biosphère -à vérifier).

Il est l’auteur d’une des œuvres majeurs de la science fiction : Le Cycle de Dune(quasi 20 millions d’exemplaires, des ventes digne de la Bible). Le livre de Dune a été rédigé en 1964/65 et valut a Franck Herbert le prix Hugo et le prix Nebula .

Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science-fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his novels, he also wrote short stories and worked as a newspaper journalist, photographer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer.

The Dune saga, set in the distant future, and taking place over millennia, explores complex themes, such as the long-term survival of the human species, human evolution, planetary science and ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, economics and power in a future where humanity has long since developed interstellar travel and settled many thousands of worlds. Dune is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, and the whole series is widely considered to be among the classics of the genre.

Frank Herbert was born on October 8, 1920, in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank Patrick Herbert Sr. and Eileen (McCarthy) Herbert. Because of a poor home environment, he ran away from home in 1938 to live with an aunt and uncle in Salem, Oregon. He enrolled in high school at Salem High School (now North Salem High School), where he graduated the next year. In 1939 he lied about his age to get his first newspaper job at the Glendale Star. Herbert then returned to Salem in 1940 where he worked for the Oregon Statesman newspaper (now Statesman Journal) in a variety of positions, including photographer.

He served in the U.S. Navy's Seabees for six months as a photographer during World War II, then he was given a medical discharge. He married Flora Parkinson in San Pedro, California, in 1940.
Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine with the art historian Herbert Frank (1909-1979) (pseud. Frank Andermann)

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Reviews

Like many others, I have changed my mind about this book from the first time reading it in the late 1980s to over three decades later reading it a second time. In the 1980s I finished God Emperor of Dune and went … huh? what a weird book. This second read decades later I have a better appreciation of Leto as a tyrant ruler who thinks himself benevolent while morphing into something inhuman. This book is worth a close read.
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Neil_Luvs_Books | 78 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
Fantastic and sprawling. I’ve never had a sci fi epic like this before, and I was unable to put it down. Such a fantastic story. I see myself rereading this in a few years
 
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zpalmer045 | 673 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
An incredible world creation that spans across a galaxy of realistic interactions of deep intrigue and something akin to magic but more believable.
 
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yates9 | 673 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
This the second time I have read this book. The first time was in the 1979s when I was in high school. Back then I didn’t appreciate or understand what Frank Herbert was trying to do. I think I understand a little bit better rereading it now as an adult.

Dune is the classic Hero’s journey. Dune Messiah is the hero struggling to manage the results of the journey. This book, Children of Dune, details how the people around the hero work to redirect the result of that original hero’s journey.

This makes Children of Dune a very challenging read because the nature of the characters changes. The aims and aspirations of the characters are different in Children of Dune than they were in Dune. In addition, the nature of the past voices in those characters who partake in the drug melange makes it difficult, but not impossible, to follow the nature of the character’s desires. Indeed, one (or two) characters purposefully lie to themselves in order to protect their own sanity. This makes it difficult to follow whose aims we are following with so many of the first-person narratives being potentially unreliable. But this is what makes the reading challenge worthwhile because to some extent it reflects real life: we are all the unreliable narrators of our own lives.

One of the other things that I found make Children of Dune a difficult but still interesting read is that many of the characters sometimes seem like they may be protagonists but then end up working against other protagonists. Often times simply because they do not know what those around them know and are thinking. In addition, some protagonists do reprehensible things all in the name of a god, of a faith, and an assumption that the ends justify the means. And I wonder if that is one of the issues that Frank Herbert was investigating when he wrote his Dune Chronicles. The nature of religion as seen in history seems to be that awful acts are justified as doing the will of a god or a messiah or charismatic leader. That seems to be a good reflection on the current state our world. Frank Herbert is still relevant 40 years after publishing these books.
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Brian Herbert Editor, Afterword
Harlan Ellison Contributor
Damon Knight Contributor
Frederik Pohl Contributor
Poul Anderson Contributor
Isaac Asimov Contributor
Fritz Leiber Contributor
J. G. Ballard Contributor
Mack Reynolds Contributor
David Kappes Producer
L. Sprague de Camp Contributor
James Blish Contributor
Katherine MacLean Contributor
Brian Aldiss Contributor
Bill Sienkiewicz Illustrator
Ben Bova Contributor
Julie Cox Actor
Robert Silverberg Contributor
Orson Scott Card Contributor
Vonda N. McIntyre Contributor
Jack Dann Contributor
Joanna Russ Contributor
Barry B. Longyear Contributor
Edward Bryant Contributor
Raquel Jaramillo Illustrator
Robert A. Heinlein Contributor
E. G. Von Wald Contributor
Ray Bradbury Contributor
Arthur C. Clarke Contributor
H. G. Wells Contributor
Vernor Vinge Contributor
Clifford D. Simak Contributor
Keith Laumer Contributor
Theodore Sturgeon Contributor
Donald E. Westlake Contributor
Albert Hernhuter Contributor
H. Beam Piper Contributor
Robert Sheckley Contributor
H. H. Hollis Contributor
Lewis Padgett Contributor
Murray Leinster Contributor
Fredric Brown Contributor
R. A. Lafferty Contributor
Colin Kapp Contributor
Eric Frank Russell Contributor
Raymond Z. Gallun Contributor
Forrest J Ackerman Contributor
Scott Brick Narrator
Bruce Pennington Cover artist
Simon Vance Narrator
John Schoenherr Cover artist, Illustrator
Vincent DiFate Cover artist
Wojciech Siudmak Cover artist
M.K. Stuyter Translator
Ronald M. Hahn Translator
Euan Morton Narrator
Stephen Youll Cover artist
Phil H. Webber Author photo
Walter Brumm Translator
Anja Toivonen Translator
Scott Sowers Narrator
Jakob Schmidt Translator
Neil Gaiman Introduction
Michael Dirda Introduction
Sam Weber Illustrator
Paul Alexander Cover artist
Hilary Clarcq Illustrator
Simon Jäger Narrator
Gerry Grace Cover artist
Brad Holland Cover artist
Frank M. Lewecke Cover artist
Peter Goodfellow Cover artist
J. P. Linton Narrator
Abe Echevarria Cover artist
Tim White Cover artist
Paul Lehr Cover artist
Dean Ellis Cover artist
Jack Gaughan Cover artist, Frontispiece
Paul Youll Cover artist
Roberta Rambelli Translator
Frank Gambino Cover artist
Alan Craddock Cover artist
Richard M. Powers Cover artist
Terry Oakes Cover artist
Ray Feibush Cover artist
Donato Giancola Cover artist
Jan Koesen Translator
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Wulf H. Bergner Translator
Rick Sternbach Cover artist
Mel Hunter Cover artist
Art Sussman Cover artist
C.W. Bacon Cover artist
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Alain Garsault Translator
Jean Bonnefoy Translator
Gerald McConnell Cover artist
Don Ivan Punchatz Cover artist
Davis Meltzer Cover artist
Jim Burns Illustrator
J. Burns Illustrator
Monique Lebailly Translator
Darrell Sweet Cover artist
Patrick Berthon Translator
Fred Gambino Cover artist
Jan Parker Cover artist
Peter Jones Cover artist
Les Edwards Cover artist
Robert Fass Narrator
Nick Sullivan Narrator
Gregory Itzin Narrator
Tony Roberts Cover artist
Werner Gronwald Translator

Statistics

Works
279
Also by
82
Members
123,441
Popularity
#60
Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,388
ISBNs
1,597
Languages
30
Favorited
462

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