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Frank Herbert

Born: October 8, 1920
Tacoma, Washington
Died: February 11, 1986
Madison, Wisconsin
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: United States
Writing period: 1945-1986
Genres: Science fiction
Literary movement: New Wave
Debut works: "Survival of the Cunning", Esquire, March 1945
The Dragon in the Sea, 1955

Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classics in the field of science fiction. Frank Herbert File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Nickname: The City of Destiny Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Area    - City 162. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Mad Town or Mad City Location of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin Municipality City Incorporated 1848 Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Area    - City 136. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or subject matter (content). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... ... New Wave science fiction was characterised by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content, and a highbrow and self-consciously literary or artistic sensibility previously comparatively alien to the science fiction aesthetic. ... The Dragon in the Sea (also known as Under Pressure from its serialization) is a novel by Frank Herbert. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate, or did not work in that genre. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... Survival may refer to: Survival skills Survival kit Survivalism Survival, a studio album by Grand Funk Railroad Survival (album), a Bob Marley reggae album Survival (Doctor Who), an episode of Doctor Who Survival (television), a British wildlife television program Survival International a charity Survival Festival, Australia This is a disambiguation... This article is about evolution in biology. ... Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Much of the recent sociological debate on power revolves around the issue of constraining and/or enabling nature of power. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

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Biography

Frank Herbert was born October 8, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank Herbert and Eileen McCarthy Herbert. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. He graduated high school in 1938, and in 1939 he lied about his age in order to get his first newspaper job on the Glendale Star. Nickname: The City of Destiny Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Area    - City 162. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ...


There was a temporary hiatus to his writing career as he served in the U.S. Navy's Seabees for six months as a photographer during World War II, until he was given a medical discharge. He married Flora Parkinson in San Pedro, California in 1941, but divorced her in 1945 after fathering a daughter (Penny, born 16 February 1942 in San Pedro). After the war he attended the University of Washington, where he met Beverly Ann Stuart at a creative writing class in 1946. They were the only students in the class 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 on June 20, 1946. Their first son, Brian Patrick Herbert, was born in Seattle on June 29, 1947. His second son, Bruce Calvin Herbert was born in 26 June 1951, in Santa Rosa, California. A year later, he sold his first science-fiction story, "Looking for Something", to Startling Stories. The official motto of the Seabees, the United States Navy Construction Battalions, is Construimus, Batuimus—We Build, We Fight. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000,000 Civilian dead: 4,000,000 Total dead 12,000,000 World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict... // San Pedro is connected to Los Angeles by a thin strip of land called the Harbor Gateway which roughly follows the 110 freeway. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... Scribe Writing Writing, in its most general sense, is the preservation and the preserved text on a medium, with the use of signs or symbols. ... Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869  - Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ... Brian Patrick Herbert (born 1947) is a best selling American author. ...


Frank Herbert did not graduate from college, according to Brian, because he wanted to study only what interested him and so did not complete the required courses. After college he returned to journalism and worked at the Seattle Star and the Oregon Statesman; he was also a writer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner's California Living magazine for a decade. The Seattle Star is a weekly neighborhood newspaper in Seattle, Washington, covering the south and central sections of the city. ... Statesman Journal is the largest daily newspaper of Oregons state capital of Salem. ... The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since the late 19th Century. ...


Herbert began reading science fiction in the 1940s, and by the 1950s he began to write it, with short stories appearing in Startling Stories and other magazines. During the next decade he published nearly twenty short stories. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke in Startling Stories Cover by Earle Bergey Startling Stories was a pulp science fiction magazine which also published a lot of science fantasy. ...


His career as a novelist began with the publication of The Dragon in the Sea in 1955, where he used the environment of a 21st century submarine as a way to explore sanity and madness. The book predicted worldwide conflicts over oil consumption and production. It was a critical success but not a major commercial one. The Dragon in the Sea (also known as Under Pressure from its serialization) is a novel by Frank Herbert. ... Pracsamp 07:34, 16 February 2007 (UTC)— Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ...


Herbert began researching Dune in 1959 and was able to devote himself more wholeheartedly to his writing career because his wife returned to work full time as an advertising writer for department stores, becoming the main breadwinner during the 1960s. Herbert later related in an interview with Willis E. McNeilly that the novel originated when he was supposed to do a magazine article on sand dunes in Florence, Oregon, but he became too involved in it and ended up with far more raw material than needed for a single article. The article was never written, but it did serve as the seed for the ideas that led to Dune. Florence is a city located in Lane County, Oregon. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...


Dune took six years of research and writing to complete. Far longer than commercial science fiction of the time was supposed to be, it was serialized in Analog magazine in two separate parts ("Dune World" and "Prophet of Dune"), in 1963 and 1965. It was then rejected by nearly twenty book publishers before finally being accepted. One editor prophetically wrote back "I might be making the mistake of the decade, but..." before rejecting the manuscript. Finally, Chilton, a minor publishing house in Philadelphia, gave Herbert a $7,500 advance, and Dune was soon a critical success. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965 and shared the Hugo Award in 1966. Dune was the first ecological science fiction novel, containing a multitude of sweeping, inter-relating themes and multiple character viewpoints, a method that ran through all Herbert's mature work. Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ...


The book was not an instant 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 – 2). He worked in Vietnam and Pakistan as social and ecological consultant in 1972. In 1973 he was director-photographer of the television show The Tillers. A bestseller is a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on a list of top-sellers. ... The daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the second leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ... A Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is an undergraduate degree, offered by some universities in the Western world. ... Concept map describing activities offered by universities to encourage integrative learning. ...

Quotation
A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You're there now doing the thing on paper. You're not killing the goose, you're just producing an egg. So I don't worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It's a matter of just sitting down and working. I have never had the problem of a writing block. I've heard about it. I've felt reluctant to write on some days, for whole weeks, or sometimes even longer. I'd much rather go fishing, for example, or go sharpen pencils, or go swimming, or what not. But, 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 writing time and now I'll write." There's no difference on paper between the two.
      — Frank Herbert

By 1972, he retired from writing for newspapers and became a full-time writer. During the 1970s and 1980s, Herbert enjoyed considerable commercial success as an author. He divided his time between homes in Hawaii and Washington state's Olympic peninsula; his home on the peninsula was intended to be an "ecological demonstration project"[1]. During this time he wrote numerous books and pushed ecological and philosophical ideas. He continued his Dune saga, following it with Dune Messiah, Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune. Other highlights were The Dosadi Experiment, The Godmakers, The White Plague and the books he wrote in partnership with Bill Ransom: The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect and The Ascension Factor which were sequels to Destination: Void. Writers block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... God Emperor of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert published in 1981 — the fourth novel in the Dune series. ... The Dosadi Experiment is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1977. ... The Godmakers is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, published in 1972. ... The White Plague is an archaic term for tuberculosis. ... The Jesus Incident is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, and was first released in 1979. ... The Lazarus Effect (ISBN 0441475213) is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, first published in 1983. ... The third and final book co-authored by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom. ... Destination: Void, a novel by the American science fiction author Frank Herbert (1920-1986). ...


Herbert's change in fortune was shaded by tragedy. In 1974, Beverly underwent an operation for cancer that gave her ten more years of life, but adversely affected her health. She died on February 7, 1984, the year Heretics of Dune was published. In his afterword to 1985's Chapterhouse Dune, Herbert wrote a moving eulogy for his wife of 38 years. 1984 was a tumultuous year in Herbert's life. In the same year that his wife died, his career took off with the release of David Lynch's film version of Dune. Despite high expectations, a big-budget production design and an A-list cast, the movie drew mostly poor reviews in the United States. However, despite a disappointing response in the USA, the film was a critical and commercial success in Europe and Japan. After Beverly's death, Herbert married Theresa Shackleford in 1985, the year he published Chapterhouse: Dune, which tied up many of the saga's story threads. This would be Herbert's final single work (the anthology Eye was also published that year, and Man of Two Worlds was published in 1986). He died of a massive pulmonary embolism while recovering from surgery on his pancreatic cancer on February 11, 1986, in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 65. A special pin-up page was dedicated to Frank Herbert by Michael Dooney in his 1986 Gizmo (comic book) series. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Heretics of Dune is a 1984 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, fifth in a series of six novels. ... Chapterhouse Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, last in his series of six Dune novels. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Pancreatic cancer (also called cancer of the pancreas) is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ... Nickname: Mad Town or Mad City Location of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin Municipality City Incorporated 1848 Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Area    - City 136. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... Michael Dooney is an American comic book artist best known for his works on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. ... A pin-up page dedicated to Frank Herbert from Gizmo #2 June 1986. ...


Continuation of the Dune series

In recent years, Frank Herbert's son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have begun adding to the Dune universe, using notes left behind by Frank Herbert on both the history of the Dune universe before the events within Dune, as well as the novel he had planned to follow Chapterhouse Dune. They have written two prequel series (Prelude to Dune and Legends of Dune) and are now preparing the second of two post-Chapterhouse novels (Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune) based on the "Dune 7" outline Frank Herbert left behind at the time of his death. Kevin J. Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ... Dune: House Atreides Dune: House Harkonnen Dune: House Corrino Prelude to Dune is a prequel trilogy of novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, set in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... -1... It has been suggested that Dune 7 be merged into this article or section. ... Sandworms of Dune is the second part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classical Dune series, along with Hunters of Dune. ...


Ideas and themes

Quotation
I think science fiction does help, and it points in very interesting directions. It points in relativistic directions. It says that we have the imagination for these other opportunities, these other choices. We tend to tie ourselves down to limited choices. We say, "Well, the only answer is...." or, "If you would just. . . ." Whatever follows these two statements narrows the choices right there. It gets the vision right down close to the ground so that you don't see anything happening outside. Humans tend not to see over a long range. Now we are required, in these generations, to have a longer range view of what we inflict on the world around us. This is where, I think, science fiction is helping. I don't think that the mere writing of such a book as Brave New World or 1984 prevents those things which are portrayed in those books from happening. But I do think they alert us to that possibility and make that possibility less likely. They make us aware that we may be going in that direction.
      — Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert used his science fiction novels to explore complex ideas involving philosophy, religion, psychology, politics and ecology, which have inspired many of his readers to become interested in these areas. The underlying thrust in Frank Herbert's work was his fascination with the question of human survival and evolution. Frank Herbert has attracted a sometimes fanatical fanbase, many of whom have tried to read everything Frank Herbert has written, fiction or non-fiction, and see Frank Herbert as something of an authority on the subject matters of his books. Indeed such was the devotion of some of his readers that Frank Herbert was at times asked if he was starting a cult (1), something he was very much against. Brave New World is a dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1932. ... Nineteen Eighty-Four (commonly written as 1984) is a dystopian novel by the English writer George Orwell, published in 1949. ... For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


There are a number of key themes in Herbert's work:

  • A concern with leadership. He especially explored the human tendency for human beings to follow charismatic leaders slavishly. He delved deeply into both the flaws and potentials of bureaucracy and government.
  • Herbert was probably the first science fiction author to popularize ideas about ecology and systems thinking. He stressed the need for humans to think both systematically and long term.
  • The relationship between religion, politics and power.
  • Human survival and evolution: Herbert writes of the Fremen, the Sardaukar, and the Dosadi, who are molded by their terrible living conditions into dangerous super-races.
  • Human possibilities and potential: Herbert offered Mentats, the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax as different visions of human possibilities.
  • The nature of sanity and madness. Frank Herbert was interested in the work of Thomas Szasz and the anti-psychiatry movement. Often, Herbert questions, "What is sane?", and while there are clearly insane behaviors and psychopathies as evinced by characters (Piter De Vries for instance), it is often suggested that "normal" and "abnormal" are relative terms which humans are sometimes ill-equipped to apply to one another, especially on the basis of statistical regularity.
  • The possible effects and consequences of consciousness altering chemicals, such as Spice in the Dune saga.
  • How language shapes thought. More specifically, Frank Herbert was influenced by Alfred Korzybski's General Semantics.
  • Sociobiology. How our instincts unconsciously influence our behavior and society.
  • Learning, teaching and thinking.

Frank Herbert carefully refrained from offering his readers firm answers to many of the questions he explored. Look up Leadership in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Bureaucracy is a concept in sociology and political science referring to the way that the administrative execution and enforcement of legal rules are socially organized. ... Ernst Haeckel coined the term oekologie in 1866. ... Systems thinking is an approach to analysis that is based on the belief that the component parts of a system will act differently when isolated from its environment or other parts of the system, and argues against Descartess reductionist view. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Much of the recent sociological debate on power revolves around the issue of constraining and/or enabling nature of power. ... Spoiler warning: The Fremen are a group of people in the Dune series of science fiction novels by Frank Herbert. ... The Sardaukar were a fictional army from Frank Herberts Dune universe, as depicted in the Dune series of science fiction novels. ... The Dosadi Experiment is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1977. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of Dune) The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ... Sanity considered as a legal term denotes that an individual is of sound mind and therefore can bear legal responsibility for his or her actions. ... A mental illness, as defined in psychiatry and other mental health professions, is an abnormal mental condition or disorder associated with significant distress and/or disfunction. ... Thomas Szasz. ... Beginning in the 1960s, a movement called anti-psychiatry claimed that psychiatric patients are not ill but are individuals that do not share the same consensus reality as most people in society. ... Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herberts Dune science fiction series. ... Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... Alfred Korzybski Alfred Korzybski was born on July 3, 1879 in Warsaw, Poland, and died on March 1, 1950 in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA. He is probably best-remembered for developing the theory of general semantics. ... General Semantics is a school of thought founded by Alfred Korzybski in about 1933 in response to his observations that most people had difficulty defining human and social discussions and problems and could almost never predictably resolve them into elements that were responsive to successful intervention or correction. ... Sociobiology is a synthesis of scientific disciplines that explains behaviour in all species by considering the evolutionary advantages of social behaviours. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In education, teachers are those who teach students or pupils, often a course of study or a practical skill. ... Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ...


Status and impact in science fiction

Dune is the world's best-selling science fiction novel, and the Dune saga is the best-selling science fiction series[citation needed]. In addition, Dune has received widespread critical acclaim, winning the Nebula Award in 1965 and sharing the Hugo Award in 1966. According to contemporary Robert A. Heinlein, Herbert's opus was "powerful, convincing, and most ingenious." The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ...


Dune is also considered a landmark novel for a number of reasons:

  • Like Heinlein's 1961 Stranger in a Strange Land, Herbert's 1963 Dune represented a move toward a more literary approach to the science fiction novel. Before this period, it was often said that all a science fiction novel needed to be successful was a great technological idea. Characterization and great story took a distant second place.
  • Dune is a landmark of soft science fiction. Herbert deliberately suppressed technology in his Dune universe so he could address the future of humanity, rather than the future of Humanity's technology. Dune considers the way humans and their institutions might change over time.
  • Dune was the first major ecological SF novel. Frank Herbert was a great popularizer of scientific ideas; many of his fans credit Frank Herbert for introducing them to philosophy and psychology. In Dune he helped popularize the term ecology and some of the field's concepts, vividly imparting a sense of planetary awareness. Gerald Jonas explains in the New York Times Book Review: "So completely did Mr. Herbert work out the interactions of man and beast and geography and climate that Dune became the standard for a new sub-genre of 'ecological' science fiction." As popularity of Dune rose, Herbert embarked on a lecture tour of college campuses, explaining how the environmental concerns of Dune's inhabitants were analogous to our own.
  • Finally Dune is considered truly epic world building. The Library Journal reports that "Dune is to science fiction what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy." Frank Herbert imagined every facet of his creation. He lovingly included glossaries, quotes, documents, and histories, to bring his universe alive to his readers. No science fiction novel before it had such a deeply realized reality.

Herbert wrote more than twenty novels after Dune that are regarded as being of variable quality. Books like The Green Brain, The Santaroga Barrier seemed to hark back to the days before Dune, when a good technological idea was all that was needed to drive a sci-fi novel. And some fans of the Dune saga are critical of the follow-up novels as being subpar.[citation needed] Stranger in a Strange Land is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1961. ... Literature is literally an acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has, however, generally come to identify a collection of texts. ... Soft science fiction or soft SF is science fiction whose plots and themes tend to focus on human characters and their relations and feelings, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians. ... This article is about the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... The Green Brain is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, first published in 1966. ... The Santaroga Barrier (ISBN 0765342510) is a science-fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ...


Herbert never again equalled the critical acclaim he received for Dune. Neither his sequels to Dune nor any of his other books won a Hugo or Nebula Award, although almost all of them were New York Times Bestsellers. Some felt that Children of Dune was almost too literary and too dark to get the recognition it may have deserved; others felt that The Dosadi Experiment lacked an epic quality that fans had come to expect.[citation needed] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Also largely overlooked because of the concentration on "Dune" was Herbert's 1973 novel, Hellstrom's Hive, with its minutely worked-out depiction of a human society modeled on social insects, which could be counted a major utopia/dystopia. Hellstroms Hive is a Science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1973. ... Eusociality is the phenomenon of reproductive specialisation found in some species of animal, whereby a specialised caste carries out reproduction in a colony of non-reproductive animals. ... Left panel (The Earthly Paradise, Garden of Eden), from Hieronymus Boschs The Garden of Earthly Delights. ... A dystopia (alternatively, cacotopia[1], kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. ...


To conclude, Malcolm Edwards in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction wrote: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is a reference work on science-fiction. ...

"Much of Herbert's work makes difficult reading. His ideas were genuinely developed concepts, not merely decorative notions, but they were sometimes embodied in excessively complicated plots and articulated in prose which did not always match the level of thinking... His best novels, however, were the work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern science fiction."

Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

Film adaptations

A film of the novel, Dune, was directed by David Lynch in 1984. Although panned by many fans and film critics, Frank Herbert was pleased with the movie. It has done well on video and DVD. Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ...


Dune was made into a TV mini-series by the Sci Fi Channel (United States) in 2000. This was commercially successful, and the Sci-Fi Channel continued the Dune saga with a further mini-series in 2003 entitled Children of Dune, which merges parts of the plots of the novels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. SCI FI (sometimes rendered Sci-Fi when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


Bibliography

Fiction

Novels

  • The Dragon in the Sea: Serial publication: Astounding, November 1955 – January 1956. First edition: New York: Doubleday, 1956. Also titled Under Pressure and 21st Century Sub,
  • Dune: Serial publication: Analog, December 1963 – February 1964 (Part I, as "Dune World"), and January – May 1965 (Parts II and III, as "The Prophet of Dune").First edition: Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965.
  • The Green Brain: Serial publication: Amazing, March 1965, under the title "Greenslaves." First edition: New York: Ace, 1966.
  • Destination: Void: Serial publication: Galaxy, August 1965, as "Do I Wake or Dream?"First edition: New York: Berkeley, 1966 revised in 1978.
  • The Eyes of Heisenberg: Serial publication: Galaxy, June – August 1966, as "Heisenberg's Eyes." First edition: New York: Berkeley, 1966.
  • The Heaven Makers: Serial publication: Amazing, April – June 1967. First edition: New York: Avon, 1968
  • The Santaroga Barrier: Serial publication: Amazing, October 1967 – February 1968. First edition: New York: Berkeley, 1968
  • Dune Messiah: Serial publication: Galaxy, July – November 1969. First edition: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1970.
  • Whipping Star: Serial publication: Worlds of If, January – April 1970. First edition: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1970.
  • Soul Catcher, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1972.
  • The Godmakers: Serial publication: Astounding, May 1958.
  • You Take the High Road Astounding, May 1959 "Operation Haystack," and Fantastic, February 1960
  • The Priests of Psi First edition: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1972.
  • Hellstrom's Hive: Serial publication: Galaxy, November 1972 – March 1973, "Project 40." First edition: New York: Doubleday, 1973.
  • Children of Dune: Serial publication: Analog, January – April 1976, "Children of Dune". First edition: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1976.
  • The Dosadi Experiment: Serial publication: Galaxy, May – August 1977 "The Dosadi Experiment". First edition: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1977.
  • The Jesus Incident (with Bill Ransom): Serial publication: Analog, February 1979.
  • Direct Descent: Serial publication: Astounding, December 1954, "Packrat Planet". First edition: New York: Ace Books, 1980.
  • God Emperor of Dune, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1981.
  • The White Plague, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1982.
  • The Lazarus Effect (with Bill Ransom), New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1983.
  • Heretics of Dune, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1984.
  • Chapterhouse: Dune, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985.
  • Man of Two Worlds (with Brian Herbert), New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1986.
  • The Ascension Factor (with Bill Ransom), New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1988.

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Short fiction collections

  • The Worlds of Frank Herbert, New York: Ace, 1971.
    • Contains: "The Tactful Saboteur," "By the Book," "Committee of the Whole," "Mating Call," "Escape Felicity," "The GM Effect," "The Featherbedders," "Old Rambling House," and "A-W-F Unlimited."
  • The Book of Frank Herbert, New York: DAW Books, 1973 (paper).
    • Contains: "Seed Stock," "The Nothing," "Rat Race," "Gambling Device," " Looking for Something," "The Gone Dogs," "Passage for Piano," "Encounter in a Lonely Place," "Operation Syndrome," and "Occupation Force."
  • The Best of Frank Herbert, London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1975; also published as: The Best of Frank Herbert 1952 – 1964, London: Sphere, 1976 (paper), and The Best of Frank Herbert 1965 – 1970, London: Sphere, 1976 (paper)
    • Contains: "Looking for something?," "Nightmare Blues," "Dragon in the Sea (extract)," "Cease Fire," ""Egg and Ashes," "Marie Celeste Move."
    • "Committee of the Whole," "Dune (extract)," "By the book," "The Primitives," "The Heaven Makers (extract)," "Seed Stock."
  • The Priests of Psi
    • Contains: "Try to Remember," "Old Rambling House," "Murder Will In," "Mindfield," "The Priests of Psi."
  • Eye, (Jim Burns, illustrator), New York: Berkeley, 1985.
    • Contains: "Rat Race," "Dragon in the Sea," "Cease Fire," "A Matter of Traces," "Try to Remember," "The Tactful Saboteur," "The Road to Dune," "By the Book," Seed Stock," Murder Will In," "Passage for Piano," "Death of a City," and "Frogs and Scientists."

The Tactful Saboteur is a novelette by the science-fiction author Frank Herbert which first appeared in Galaxy Magazine in 1964. ... The Road to Dune is a science fiction companion book to the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ...

Short fiction

  • "Survival of the Cunning", Esquire, March 1945.
  • "Yellow Fire", Alaska Life (Alaska Territorial Magazine), June 1947.
  • "Looking for Something?", Startling Stories, April 1952.
  • Operation Syndrome Astounding, June 1954. also in T.E. Dikty's Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels, 1955 series
  • "The Gone Dogs", Amazing, November 1954.
  • "Packrat Planet", Astounding, December 1954.
  • "Rat Race", Astounding, July 1955.
  • "Occupation Force", Fantastic, August 1955.
  • "The Nothing", Fantastic Universe, January 1956.
  • "Cease Fire", Astounding, January 1956.
  • "Old Rambling House", Galaxy, April 1958.
  • "You Take the High Road", Astounding, May 1958.
  • "A Matter of Traces", Fantastic Universe, November 1958.
  • "Missing Link", Astounding, February 1959. also in Author's Choice, ed. Harry Harrison, New York: Berkeley, 1968.
  • "Operation Haystack" Astounding, May 1959.
  • "The Priests of Psi", Fantastic, February 1960.
  • "Egg and Ashes", Worlds of If, November 1960.
  • "A-W-F Unlimited", Galaxy, June 1961.
  • "Try to Remember" Amazing, October 1961.
  • "Mating Call", Galaxy, October 1961.
  • "Mindfield", Amazing, March 1962.
  • "The Mary Celeste Move", Analog, October 1964.
  • "The Tactful Saboteur", Galaxy, October 1964.
  • "Greenslaves", Amazing, March 1965.
  • "Committee of the Whole", Galaxy, April 1965.
  • "The GM Effect", Analog, June 1965.
  • "Do I Wake or Dream?", Galaxy, August 1965.
  • "The Primitives", Galaxy, April 1966.
  • "Escape Felicity", Analog, June 1966.
  • "By the Book", Analog, August 1966.
  • "The Featherbedders", Analog, August 1967.
  • "The Mind Bomb", Worlds of If, October 1969.
  • "Seed Stock"", Analog, April 1970.
  • "Murder Will In", The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1970.
  • "Project 40", (three installments) Galaxy, November 1972 – March 1973. also in Five Fates, New York: Doubleday, 1970.
  • "Encounter in a Lonely Place", The Book of Frank Herbert, New York: DAW Books, 1973.
  • "Gambling Device", The Book of Frank Herbert New York, DAW Books, 1973.
  • "Passage for Piano", The Book of Frank Herbert New York, DAW Books, 1973.
  • "The Death of a City", Future City, ed. Roger Elwood. Trident Press: New York, 1973.
  • "Come to the Party" with F.M Busby, Analog, December 1978.
  • "Songs of a Sentient Flute", Analog, February 1979.
  • "Feathered Pigs", Destinies, Oct/Dec 1979.
  • "The Road to Dune", Eye, New York: Berkeley 1985.
  • "Frogs and Scientists, Eye, New York: Berkeley 1985.

The Tactful Saboteur is a novelette by the science-fiction author Frank Herbert which first appeared in Galaxy Magazine in 1964. ... The Road to Dune is a science fiction companion book to the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. ...

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Books

  • New World or No World (editor), New York: Ace Books, 1970 (paper).
  • Threshold: The Blue Angels Experience, New York: Ballantine, 1973 (paper). Companion to documentary of same name about Blue Angels flight team.
  • Without Me, You're Nothing (with Max Barnard), New York: Pocket Books, 1981 (hardcover).

The Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets fly in tight diamond formation, maintaining 18 wingtip-to-canopy separation. ...

Essays and introductions

  • Introduction to Saving Worlds, by Roger Elwood and Virginia Kidd. New York: Doubleday, 1973. Reissued by Bantam Books as The Wounded Planet.
  • "Introduction: Tomorrow's Alternatives?" in Frontiers 1: Tomorrow's Alternatives, ed. Roger Elwood. New York: Macmillan, 1973.
  • Introduction to Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Heitz, Herbert, Joor McGee. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.
  • "Listening to the Left Hand", Harper's Magazine, December 1973, pp. 92 – 100.
  • "Science Fiction and a World Crisis" in Science Fiction: Today and Tomorrow, ed. Reginald Bretnor. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.
  • "Men on Other Planets", The Craft of Science Fiction, ed. Reginald Bretnor. New York: Harper and Row, 1976.
  • "The Sky is Going to Fall", in Seriatim: The Journal of Ecotopia, No. 2, Spring 1977, pp. 88 – 89. (slightly different article appeared in The San Francisco Examiner "Overview" column, July 4, 1976.)
  • "The ConSentiency and How it Got That Way", Galaxy, May 1977 (may be considered as a fiction story and therefore in the "Original Single Story" section)
  • "Dune Genesis", Omni, July 1980.

Significant newspaper articles Omni was a magazine that contained articles on science fact and short works of science fiction. ...

  • "Flying Saucers: Fact or Farce?", San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, people supplement, October 20, 1963.
  • "2068 A.D.", San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, California Living section, July 28, 1968.
  • "We're Losing the Smog War" (part 1). San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, California Living section, December 1, 1968.
  • "Lying to Ourselves About Air" (part 2). San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, California Living section, December 8, 1968.
  • "You Can Go Home Again." San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, California Living section, March 29, 1970. (Refers to some of Herbert's childhood experiences in the Northwest)

Other publications

Poetry

  • "Carthage: Reflections of a Martian", Mars, We Love You, ed. Jane Hipolito and Willis E. McNelly. New York: Doubleday, 1971.

Audio recordings

  • Dune: The Banquet Scene, New York: Caedmon Records, 1977.
  • Sandworms of Dune, New York: Caedmon Records, 1978.

Interviews

  • Interviews with Frank Herbert, 1973, 1977.
  • The Plowboy interview Frank Herbert, The Mother Earth News, May 1981.
  • The Willis E. McNelly Interview with Frank Herbert, February 1969.

Limited bibliography by universe

Dune universe:

Main article: Dune universe

ConSentiency universe: The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse, is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science fiction novels. ...

Main article: ConSentiency

Destination: Void universe: The ConSentiency is the first of three volume-spanning universes created by science fiction author Frank Herbert. ... The Tactful Saboteur is a novelette by the science-fiction author Frank Herbert which first appeared in Galaxy Magazine in 1964. ... Whipping Star is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. ... The Dosadi Experiment is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert in 1977. ...

Destination: Void, a novel by the American science fiction author Frank Herbert (1920-1986). ... The Jesus Incident is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, and was first released in 1979. ... The Lazarus Effect (ISBN 0441475213) is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, first published in 1983. ... The third and final book co-authored by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom. ...

Books about Frank Herbert and Dune

  • Cliffs Notes on Herbert's Dune & Other Works, by L David Allen, Lincoln, NE: Cliffs Notes, 1975, ISBN 0-8220-1231-6
  • Frank Herbert, by Timothy O'Reilly Serial publication: none First edition: New York: Frederick Ungar, 1980. Online version of this out-of-print book
  • Starmont Reader's Guide 5: Frank Herbert, by David M Miller, Mercer Island, WA: Starmont, 1980, ISBN 0-916732-16-9
  • The Dune Encyclopedia, compiled and edited by Dr. Willis E. McNelly, New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 1984 (trade paper), ISBN 0-425-06813-7 (US edition).
  • The Maker of Dune, edited by Timothy O'Reilly, New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 1987 (trade paper).
  • Dune Master: A Frank Herbert Bibliography, by Daniel JH Levack and Mark Willard, Westport, CT: Meckler, 1988, ISBN 0-88736-099-8
  • SparkNotes: Dune, Frank Herbert, by Jason Clarke, New York: Spark Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1-58663-510-7
  • Dreamer of Dune : The Biography of Frank Herbert, by Brian Herbert, New York: Tor Books, 2003.

The Dune Encyclopedia was published in 1984 - its only edition. ...

References

  1. ^ Chronology, Touponce 1988
  • Touponce, William F. (1988), Frank Herbert, Boston, Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers imprint, G. K. Hall & Co, ISBN 0-8057-7514-5; PS3558.E63Z89

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Frank Herbert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3829 words)
Frank Herbert was born in 1920 in Tacoma, Washington.
Herbert later related in an interview with Willis E. McNeilly that the novel originated when he was supposed to do a magazine article on sand dunes in Florence, Oregon, but he became too involved in it and ended up with far more raw material than needed for a single article.
Frank Herbert used his science fiction novels to explore complex ideas involving philosophy, religion, psychology, politics and ecology, which have inspired many of his readers to become interested in these areas.
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Herbert began researching Dune in 1959 and was able to devote himself more wholeheartedly to his writing career because his wife returned to work full time as an advertising writer for department stores, becoming the main breadwinner during the sixties.
Herbert later related in an interview with Willis E. McNeilly that the novel originated when he was supposed to do a magazine article on sand dunes in Florence, Oregon, but he got too involved in it and ended up with far more raw material than needed for a single article.
In recent years, Brian Herbert (Frank's son) and Kevin J. Anderson, have used those notes to write a very successful series of novels based on the pre-Dune materials and are preparing to write the post-Chapterhouse novel which fans refer to as Dune 7.
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