Herbert, Frank, 1920-1986

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Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986), more commonly known as Frank Herbert, 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.

Frank Herbert was born in 1920 in Tacoma, Washington. Because of a poor home environment, largely due to the Great Depression, 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.

Herbert 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. After the war, Herbert attended the University of Washington, never graduating from the university. He wanted to study only what interested him and so did not complete the required curriculum. Herbert 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.

Herbert began researching Dune in 1959. 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.

Herbert's best novels were the work of a speculative intellect with few rivals in modern science fiction.

Selected Bibliography: Dune (1965), The Green Brain (1966), Destination: Void (1966), Dune Messiah (1969), Hellstrom's Hive (1973), The Jesus Incident (with Bill Ransom) (1979), Children of Dune (1976), God Emperor of Dune (1981), The White Plague (1982), The Lazarus Effect (with Bill Ransom) (1983), Heretics of Dune (1984), Chapterhouse: Dune (1985), Man of Two Worlds (with Brian Herbert) (1986), and The Ascension Factor (with Bill Ransom) (1988).

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referencedIn Reginald, R. The great houses / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
creatorOf Butler, Allen P., 1955-. Portrait of Dune / by Allen Paul Butler. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Prosser, Harold Lee, 1944-. Harold Lee Prosser papers, 1943-2009. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Lynch, David, 1946-.... Dune / David Lynch, réal., scénario ; Frank Herbert, aut. adapté ; Toto, Brian Eno, comp. ; Kyle Mac Lachlan, Sting, José Ferrer... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Reginald, R. Emperors of the known universe / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
referencedIn Reginald, R. Harkonnen, House of / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
referencedIn Frederik Pohl Papers, 1917-1968 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Herbert, Frank. Frank Herbert letters to John Dodds and related materials, 1971. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Reginald, R. The houses minor / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
referencedIn Reginald, R. Ginaz, House of / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
referencedIn Reginald, R. Atreides, Minotauros / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
creatorOf Lynch, David, 1946-.... Dune / David Lynch, réal., scénario ; Frank Herbert, aut. adapté ; Toto, Brian Eno, comp. ; Kyle Mac Lachlan, Sting, José Ferrer... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Lynch, David, 1946-.... Dune [Multimédia multisupport] / David Lynch, réal., scénario ; d'après le roman de Frank Herbert ; Toto, Brian Eno, comp. ; Kyle Mac Lachlan, Francesca Annis, Jurgen Prochnow... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Harold Lee Prosser papers, 1943-2009 Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Reginald, R. Atreides, House of / R. Reginald. California State University, San Bernardino, John M. Pfau Library
referencedIn Pulp Science Fiction and Detective Fiction Periodical Collection, 1940-1983 Fales Library & Special Collections
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associatedWith Butler, Allen P., 1955- person
associatedWith Dodds, John, 1922-1986, person
associatedWith Pohl, Frederik. person
associatedWith Prosser, Harold Lee, 1944- person
associatedWith Prosser, Harold Lee, 1944- person
associatedWith Reginald, R. person
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associatedWith Webber, Phil H. person
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Tacoma WA US
Madison WI US
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Science fiction, American
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Science fiction--Authorship
Science fiction, American--20th century
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Birth 1920-10-08

Death 1986-02-11

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