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Frank Herbert was American novelist of science fiction genre famously known for the book Dune and its sequels. Even though he was famously known for science fiction writing, he was also a photographer, a newspaper journalist, book reviewer, lecturer, short story writer and also an environmental consultant. Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 8th, 1920 to Frank Patrick Herbert and Eileen Herbert. Due to the low-income family living condition, he ran away from his home to live with uncle and aunt in Salem, Oregon. He joined Salem High School (currently known as North Salem High School) where he graduated the following year. In 1939, the author lied about his age to secure his first job at the Glendale Star. He later returned to Salem in 1940 where he obtained a job with the Oregon Statesman newspaper in a variety of positions including a photographer job.

Order of Dune Series

# Read Title Published
1 Dune 1965
2 Dune Messiah 1969
3 Children of Dune 1976
4 The Great Dune Trilogy 1977
5 God Emperor of Dune 1981
6 Heretics of Dune 1984
7 Chapterhouse: Dune 1985
8 Hunters of Dune 2006
9 Sandworms of Dune 2007
10 Paul of Dune 2008
11 The Winds of Dune 2009

Order of Dune Companion Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Illustrated Dune 1965
2 Songs Of Muad'dib 1992
3 The Road to Dune 2005

Order of The Pandora Sequence Series

# Read Title Published
1 Destination Void 1966
2 The Jesus Incident 1979
3 The Lazarus Effect 1983
4 The Ascension Factor 1988

Order of ConSentiency Universe Series

# Read Title Published
1 Whipping Star 1969
2 The Dosadi Experiment 1977

Order of Frank Herbert Short Story Collections

Order of Frank Herbert Standalone Novels

Order of Frank Herbert Non-Fiction Books


# Read Title Published
1 Election Day 2084 1984
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He worked for the U.S. Navy Seabees for around six months during WWII as a photographer and was later given a medical discharge. In 1940, he married Flora Parkinson; they had a daughter in 1942 but divorced later in 1945. After the Second World War, Herbert joined the University of Washington and met Ann Sturt during a creative writing class. The two married in Seattle on 20th June 1946 and had two sons Bruce Calvin Herbert and Brian Patrick Herbert.

After the death of his wife from cancer, Frank Herbert married Theresa Shackleford in 1985, the same year when he published Chapterhouse: Dune; this would be his final single work. On 11th February 1986, Frank Herbert died (aged 65) of a massive pulmonary embolism while he was recovering from surgery he underwent for pancreatic cancer.

Frank Herbert is famously known for Dune Chronicles series that consists of 5 novels. The series publication began in 1965 and ended in 1985. Other book series include The Pandora Sequence series, ConSentiency Universe.


Frank Herbert was the winner of 1965 Nebula Award and 1966 Hugo Award for the book title Dune, the debut novel in Dune Chronicles series. Hellstrom’s Hive was listed in 1973 Publishers Weekly Starred Review, and the same title was a 2008 pick for Listen Up Editor’s choice.


Frank Herbert two novels have been adapted into films. Dune, the first book in Dune Chronicles series, was adapted into a 1984 American epic science fiction film by the same name. The movie was written & directed by David Lynch starring Linda Hunt, Dean Stockwell, and Sean Young among others famous actors.

Threshold: The Blue Angels Experience is American film released in 1975 and written by Frank Herbert. It features the true life adventures of six men, all members of the U.S. Navy aerobatic team.


These are two best books written by American bestselling author Frank Herbert. Dune (1965) and The White Plague.

Dune: Dune is a novel set far in the future in the midst of a growing feudal interstellar empire where planetary succession is controlled by noble houses that owe loyalty to the Regal House Corrino. The novel tells a story of Paul Atreides, as he together with his family accepts total control of the desert planet named Arrakis, as the only source of Melange, a valuable and essential substance in the cosmos. The narrative explores multi-layered and complex interactions of religion, politics, technology, ecology and human emotions as the Empire forces confront each other for the total control of Arrakis.

The White Plague: The White Plague describes the story of a molecular biology scientist John Roe O’Neill who is on vacation in the beautiful country of Ireland when an explosive kills both his wife and children. He goes ahead to weave genes into viruses and contaminants bacteria with the viruses thus creating a disease that only targets women and speeds up their aging.

He releases the virus to England, Libya, and Ireland and soon the virus begins spreading rapidly around the globe. As women soon start to die, the United Nation gathers scientists from around the world to find a cure. Unfortunately, when O’Neill tries to sneak into Ireland, he is captured and tried for genocide. When the scientists finally find a cure for the aging disease, they spread the knowledge without letting the government gain the upper hand. But with only a single woman for hundreds of men, women soon begin taking more than one husband, and the knowledge of genetic engineering also enables a terrorist to develop a series of deadly diseases.