Influences: Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (1920-1986) is considered one of the best science-fiction writers of all time.  His name belongs in the stratosphere with Asimov and Clarke.  Dune was a watershed novel in science-fiction.  In a time when science-fiction centered on human advancement through the development and use of technology, Dune suppressed technology.  He also brought an epic world-building view to science-fiction which had been reserved for the fantasy genre.  He also popularized ideas concerning ecology and man’s role in influencing the world he inhabits.

Herbert created an intricate, layered universe for the Dune Saga.  Herbert refused to write to the lowest common denominator among his readers.  He sought to raise the consciousness of his readers by creating a world which seemed real, despite the science-fiction attributes.  The Dune books have more in common with medieval epics and sagas than contemporary science-fiction.  He proved a complex world could attain a readership without sacrificing complexity.

Must Reads:

Dune Saga

Dune (1964)

Dune Messiah (1969)

Children of Dune (1976)

God Emperor of Dune (1981)

Heretics of Dune (1984)

Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)

Others:

The Green Brain (1966)

The Heaven Makers (1968)

Soul Catcher (1972)

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