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Frank Herbert

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Who was Frank Herbert?

Frank Herbert was an American author born on October 8 1920 and died on February 11 1986. He is best know for his cult classic Dune, and its five sequels. Herbert started writing at the end of the second world war and sold his first story to Esquire in 1945. He then worked as a journalist and writer.

Dune is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time and is set in the distant future.  It explores themes such as human survival, ecology and evolution.


Herbert started writing Dune in 1959 and it was first published in 1965. This then became the basis of the Dune Franchise and was followed by five other novels in the Dune saga, once it had earned enough to allow him to become a full time writer.

Leadership Ecology Religion, politics and power Human survival and evolution Human possibilities and potential The nature of sanity and madness

Themes explored in Dune

Dune (1965) Dune Messiah (1969) Children of Dune (1976) God Emperor of Dune (1981) Heretics of Dune (1984) Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)

The Books in the Dune Series

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