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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 Details
1 Dune 1965 Description / Buy
2 Dune Messiah 1969 Description / Buy
3 Children of Dune 1976 Description / Buy
4 God Emperor of Dune 1981 Description / Buy
5 Heretics of Dune 1984 Description / Buy
6 Chapterhouse: Dune 1985 Description / Buy
7 Hunters of Dune 2006 Description / Buy
8 Sandworms of Dune 2007 Description / Buy
9 Paul of Dune 2008 Description / Buy
10 The Winds of Dune 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Dune Collections

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

Order of The Pandora Sequence Series

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

Order of ConSentiency Universe Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Whipping Star 1969 Description / Buy
2 The Dosadi Experiment 1977 Description / Buy

Order of Frank Herbert Standalone Novels

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1 The Dragon in the Sea 1956 Description / Buy
2 Missing Link 1959 Description / Buy
3 Operation Haystack (Short Story) 1959 Description / Buy
4 Try to Remember (Short Story) 1961 Description / Buy
5 The Green Brain 1966 Description / Buy
6 The Eyes of Heisenberg 1966 Description / Buy
7 The Heaven Makers 1968 Description / Buy
8 The Santaroga Barrier 1968 Description / Buy
9 Soul Catcher 1972 Description / Buy
10 The Godmakers 1972 Description / Buy
11 Hellstrom's Hive 1973 Description / Buy
12 Direct Descent 1980 Description / Buy
13 The White Plague 1982 Description / Buy
14 Man of Two Worlds 1986 Description / Buy
15 Old Rambling House (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
16 High-Opp 2012 Description / Buy
17 Angels' Fall 2013 Description / Buy
18 A Game of Authors 2013 Description / Buy
19 A Thorn in the Bush (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Frank Herbert Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Worlds of Frank Herbert 1970 Description / Buy
2 The Book of Frank Herbert 1973 Description / Buy
3 The Best of Frank Herbert 1965-70 1975 Description / Buy
4 The Best of Frank Herbert 1975 Description / Buy
5 The Best of Frank Herbert 1952-1964 1977 Description / Buy
6 The Priests Of Psi 1981 Description / Buy
7 Eye 1985 Description / Buy
8 Classic Science Fiction Stories 2009 Description / Buy
9 The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert 2014 Description / Buy
10 Frank Herbert: Unpublished Stories 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Frank Herbert Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 New World Or No World 1970 Description / Buy
2 Threshold: The Blue Angels Experience 1973 Description / Buy
3 Without Me You're Nothing 1980 Description / Buy
4 Maker of Dune 1985 Description / Buy
5 The Notebooks of Frank Herbert's Dune 1988 Description / Buy

Order of SF Authors Choice Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 SF Authors' Choice 2 ( By: Harry Harrison) 1970 Description / Buy
2 SF Authors' Choice 3 ( By: Harry Harrison) 1973 Description / Buy

Frank Herbert Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Backdrop of Stars 1968 Description / Buy
2 Election Day 2084 1984 Description / Buy
3 Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow 1987 Description / Buy
4 More Fantastic Stories 2009 Description / Buy
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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.

When Does The Next Frank Herbert book come out?

Frank Herbert doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Frank Herbert: Unpublished Stories and was released on May, 9th 2016. It is the newest book in the Frank Herbert Short Story Collections.

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