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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 entire series is considered to be among the classics of the genre. Biography Early life Frank Patrick Herbert Jr. was born on October 8, 1920, in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank Patrick Herbert Sr. and Eileen (née McCarthy) Herbert. His rural upbringing involved spending a lot of his youth on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. He was fascinated by books and could read much of the newspaper before the age of five, had an excellent memory, and learned things quickly. He had an early interest in photography, and bought a Kodak box camera at age ten, a new folding camera in his early teens, and a color film camera in the mid-1930s. Because of an impoverished home environment, largely due to the Great Depression, he left 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.Herbert married Flora Lillian Parkinson in San Pedro, California, in 1941. They had one daughter, Penelope (b. February 16, 1942), and divorced in 1943. During 1942, after the U.S. entry into World War II, he served in the Navy's Seabees for six months as a photographer, but suffered a head injury and was given a medical discharge. Herbert subsequently moved to Portland, Oregon where he reported for The Oregon Journal.After the war, Herbert attended the University of Washington, where he met Beverly Ann Stuart at a creative writing class in 1946. They were the only students who had sold any work for publication; Herbert had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, the first to Esquire in 1945, and Stuart had sold a story to Modern Romance magazine. They married in Seattle in 1946, and had two sons, Brian (b. 1947) and Bruce (1951–1993). In 1949 Herbert and his wife moved to California to work on the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Here they befriended the psychologists Ralph and Irene Slattery. The Slatterys introduced Herbert to the work of several thinkers who would influence his writing, including Freud, Jung, Jaspers and Heidegger; they also familiarized Herbert with Zen Buddhism.Herbert never graduated from college. According to his son Brian, he wanted to study only what interested him and so did not complete the required curriculum. He returned to journalism and worked at the Seattle Star and the Oregon Statesman. He was a writer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner's California Living magazine for a decade. In a 1973 interview, Herbert stated that he had been reading science fiction "about ten years" before he began writing in the genre, and he listed his favorite authors as H. G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson and Jack Vance.Herbert's first science fiction story, "Looking for Something", was published in the April 1952 issue of Startling Stories, then a monthly edited by Samuel Mines. Three more of his stories appeared in 1954 issues of Astounding Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. His career as a novelist began in 1955 with the serial publication of Under Pressure in Astounding from November 1955; afterward it was issued as a book by Doubleday titled The Dragon in the Sea. The story explored sanity and madness in the environment of a 21st-century submarine and predicted worldwide conflicts over oil consumption and production. It was a critical success but not a major commercial one. During this time Herbert also worked as a speechwriter for Republican senator Guy Cordon. Dune Herbert began researching Dune in 1959. He was able to devote himself wholeheartedly to his writing career because his wife returned to work full-time as an advertising writer for department stores, becoming the breadwinner during the 1960s. The novel Dune was published in 1965, which spearheaded the Dune franchise. He later told Willis E. McNelly that the novel originated when he was assigned to write a magazine article about sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes near Florence, Oregon. He got overinvolved and ended up with far more raw material than needed for an article. The article was never written, but it planted the seed that led to Dune. Another significant source of inspiration for Dune was Herbert's experiences with psilocybin and his hobby of cultivating mushrooms, according to mycologist Paul Stamets's account.Dune took six years of research and writing to complete and was much longer than other commercial science fiction of the time. Analog (the renamed Astounding, still edited by John W. Campbell) published it in two parts comprising eight installments, "Dune World" from December 1963 and "Prophet of Dune" in 1965. It was then rejected by nearly twenty book publishers. One editor prophetically wrote, "I might be making the mistake of the decade, but..."Sterling E. Lanier, an editor of Chilton Book Company (known mainly for its auto-repair manuals) had read the Dune serials and offered a $7,500 advance plus future royalties for the rights to publish them as a hardcover book. Herbert rewrote much of his text. Dune was soon a critical success. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965 and shared the Hugo Award in 1966 with ...And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny.Dune was not an immediate bestseller. By 1968 Herbert had made $20,000 from it, far more than most science fiction novels of the time were generating, but not enough to let him take up full-time writing. However, the publication of Dune did open doors for him. He was the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's education writer from 1969 to 1972 and lecturer in general studies and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington (1970–1972). He worked in Vietnam and Pakistan as a social and ecological consultant in 1972. In 1973 he was director-photographer of the television show The Tillers. I don't worry about inspiration or anything like that.... later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, "Well, now it's writ.... Discover the Frank Herbert popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Frank Herbert books.

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  • Hunters of Dune synopsis, comments

    Hunters of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Book One in the classic conclusion to Frank Herbert's worldwide bestselling Dune Chronicles Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great ...

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    Frank and Theresa Gabriel v. C. Herbert Ohara

    Superior Court of Pennsylvania

    At issue in this matter is the appropriate statute of limitations for private actions under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL). Act of Dec...

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    The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert

    Frank Herbert

    The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert is the most complete collection of Herbert's short fiction ever assembledthirtyseven stories originally published between 1952 and 1979, plu...

  • The Winds of Dune synopsis, comments

    The Winds of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    With their usual skill, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have taken ideas left behind by Frank Herbert and filled them with living characters and a true sense of wonder. Where Paul...

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    Sisterhood of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    It is eightythree years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the ...

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    Navigators of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's classic Dune.The stor...

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    Dune Messiah

    Frank Herbert

    Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chroniclesthe Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeDune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better knownand fearedas the man ...

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    Dreamer of Dune

    Brian Herbert

    Everyone knows Frank Herbert's Dune.This amazing and complex epic, combining politics, religion, human evolution, and ecology, has captured the imagination of generations of reader...

  • Sands of Dune synopsis, comments

    Sands of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Collected for the first time, these Dune novellas by bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson shine a light upon the darker corners of the Dune universe. Spanning sp...

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    Sinatra and the Jack Pack

    Michael Sheridan & David Harvey

    A New York Times BestsellerFrank Sinatra desperately wanted to be part of John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s gang. He had his own famed “Rat Pack,” made up of hard drinking, womanizing individ...

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    Metaphysical Poetry

    Colin Burrow

    A key anthology for students of English literature, Metaphysical Poetry is a collection whose unique philosophical insights are some of the crowning achievements of Renaissance ver...

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    African Myths of Origin

    Stephen Belcher

    Gathering a wide range of traditional African myths, this compelling new collection offers tales of heroes battling mighty serpents and monstrous birds, brutal family conflict and ...

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    Infinite Stars

    Bryan Thomas Schmidt, David Weber, Brian Herbert, Elizabeth Moon & Orson Scott Card

    The seductive thrill of uncharted worlds, of distant galaxies… and the unknown threats that lurk in the vastness of the cosmos. From Foundation to Lensman, Star Wars to Guardians o...

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    Heretics of Dune

    Frank Herbert

    Book Five in the Magnificent Dune Chroniclesthe Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeLeto Atreides, the God Emperor of Dune, is dead. In the fifteen hundred years since...

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    God Emperor of Dune

    Frank Herbert

    Book Four in the Magnificent Dune Chroniclesthe Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeMillennia have passed on Arrakis, and the oncedesert planet is green with life. Let...

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    City of Last Chances

    Adrian Tchaikovsky

    WINNER OF THE 2022 BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 'Endlessly creative... so much invention peeking around every corner' Patrick Ness Arthur C. C...

  • Summary and Analysis of Dune by Frank Herbert synopsis, comments

    Summary and Analysis of Dune by Frank Herbert

    Book Tigers

    Imagine a world of infinite possibilities and unimaginable wealth.A powerful story of family and treachery.How one man became the saviour of an entire planet and brought them the l...

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    Sandworms of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Book Two in the stunning conclusion to Frank Herbert's worldwide bestselling Dune Chronicles At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew ...

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    Paul of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Paul of Dune is a scifi adventure novel everyone will want to read and no one will be able to forget. Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad'Dib in control of the planet Dune....

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    The Art and Soul of Dune

    Tanya Lapointe

    Immerse yourself in the world of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and discover the incredible creative journey that brought Frank Herbert’s iconic novel to the big screen.Frank Herbert’s sc...

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    Children of Dune

    Frank Herbert

    Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chroniclesthe Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeThe Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, th...

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    The Dragon in the Sea

    Frank Herbert

    From the Hugo and Nebula awardwinning author of the science fiction masterpiece Dune, Frank Herbert's The Dragon in the Sea is a riveting thriller of a submarine crew trapped in th...

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    Mentats of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity's future continues. Gilbertus Albans has founded th...

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    Frank Herbert

     DUNE: PART TWO  THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE COMING NOVEMBER 3rd, 2023Directed by Denis Villeneuve, screenplay by Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel D...

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    Maurice Hamilton

    A story of true drive – now the topic of a major documentaryFounded in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head, Williams F1 represents the last of the true independent teams; a...

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    The Penguin Book of Classical Myths

    Jennifer March

    The figures and events of classical myths underpin our culture and the constellations named after them fill the night sky. Whether it’s the raging Minotaur trapped in the Cretan la...

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    The Science of Dune

    Kevin R Grazier

    Get excited for the 2021 Denis Villeneuve Dune film release, starring Timothée Chalamet, with The Science of Dune!Since its original publication in 1965, the Dune series has entran...

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    Princess of Dune

    Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

    Set two years before Dune: Princess of Dune is the neverbeforetold story of two key women in the life of Paul Muad’DibPrincess Irulan, his wife in name only, and Paul’s true love, ...