Saturday, March 6, 2010

March’s Featured SciFi Author

Frank Herbert was born on October 8, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington. He was a journalist, an editor, a war-time photographer, and a renowned writer. He died – too soon – on February 11, 1986.

Herbert was the author of many short stories, essays, poems and science fiction novels but he is rightly remembered for the landmark Dune series. Written in 1965, Dune was the first hardcover science fiction bestseller. Dune, along with its sequels -- Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and the forever penultimate Chapterhouse: Dune -- was one of the first literary scifi novels. The Dune books are set in the impossibly far future and span light years and eons. With their marvelous world-building, complex religious and ecological themes, and emphasis on humanity over technology, they are often considered the greatest science fiction novels ever written.

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