Frank Herbert was born in 1920. His colourful and varied career included stints as a radio news commentator and jungle survival instructor. He is best known for creating the world of DUNE, which became the bestselling science fiction novel of all time. It won great acclaim, as well as the Hugo and Nebula awards, establishing Frank Herbert as a master of modern science fiction. He died in 1986. His son, Brian Herbert, has now begun a new series of Dune novels, Prelude to Dune in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson . The first novel to appear in the new series is House Atreides, published by Hodder & Stoughton. www.dunenovels.com
Unique among SF novels . . . I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings. - Arthur C. Clarke An epic of political betrayal, ecological brinkmanship, and messianic deliverance... a universe of Machiavellian realpolitik, science fiction through the prism of the Cold War. There is little that is cute or cuddly: no furry-footed Hobbits, no teddy-bear-like Ewoks... This is terrain that is familiar to readers of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Herbert's scheming, backstabbing villain, the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, would be perfectly at home among the Lannisters of Westeros. - The New Yorker One of the landmarks of modern science fiction . . . an amazing feat of creation. - Analog Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious. An astonishing science fiction phenomenon. - Washington Post One of the monuments of modern science fiction. - Chicago Tribune The time lives. It breathes, it speaks, and Herbert has smelt it in his nostrils.