In 1965, after being rejected by more than a dozen publishing houses, a book called Dune was brought out by the Chilton Book Company. Its respected author, journalist Frank Herbert, had written Dune with thing more in mind than to entertain his readers with the telling of a particularly complex story, one which had occupied his thoughts for more than six years. No one - t Herbert, t Chilton, t the science fiction community at the time - had any idea that Dune would be adopted and read by successive generations with a fervor bordering on cult worship. Or that it would prove to be merely the first of what have w become five international bestsellers about a desert world of the future - the planet Arrakis, called Dune.
Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs--including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers--before becoming a full-time writer. In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with Looking for Something? in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call one of the monuments of modern science fiction. Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.