Brian Herbert at a book signing in 2008
June 29, 1947 |
Seattle, Washington, USA
|Notable work(s)||Dune series|
|Relative(s)||Frank Herbert (father, deceased), Bruce Calvin Herbert (brother, deceased)|
Brian Herbert's novels include Sidney's Comet, Prisoners of Arionn, Man of Two Worlds (written with his father), and Sudanna Sudanna. In 2003, Herbert wrote a biography of his father: Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert. The younger Herbert has edited The Songs of Muad'dib and the Notebooks of Frank Herbert's Dune. Brian has also created a concordance for the Dune universe based on his father's notes, though, according to the younger Herbert, there are no immediate plans to publish it.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Criticisms
- 4 Works
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Herbert is known for his collaborations with author Kevin J. Anderson, with whom he has written multiple prequels to his father's landmark 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, all of which have made the New York Times Best Seller list. The duo began with the trilogies Prelude to Dune (1999–2001) and Legends of Dune (2002–2004). Brian and Anderson next published Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007), two sequels to Frank Herbert's original Dune series which was left incomplete after his 1986 death. According to Herbert and Anderson, these novels are based on an outline and notes purported to have been left behind by Frank Herbert for what he referred to as Dune 7, his own planned seventh novel in the Dune series. In 2008, Brian and Anderson began publishing Heroes of Dune, an interquel series of four novels which take place between the novels of Frank Herbert's original series.
Married since 1967, Herbert and his wife, Jan Herbert, have three daughters named Julie, Kim, and Margaux Beverly (named after Herbert's mother, Beverly Ann Stuart-Herbert). Herbert also has an elder half-sister, Penny; their younger brother, LGBT rights activist Bruce Calvin Herbert, died of AIDS in 1993.
Although taken as truth by many, Brian's claims to have based the expanded Dune universe on his father's notes is often brought into question. There are many direct contradictions between Frank Herbert's books and the new series, few of which have been explained. This is shown particularly in the Legends series, where Frank Herbert's Butlerian Jihad, the war against "thinking machines" predating Dune, is described as conscious machines trying to destroy humans, even though this revolt is described in the first chapter of Dune as a war of men using machines, versus other men. The version stated by the original Dune implies a war on stagnation, which is a reoccurring theme of the Dune series.
While Brian has stated these are just misinterpreted quotes, contradictions can also be found in the lack of quotes supporting the premises presented in the expanded Dune series. In all six of the original Dune books, there is no indication that Frank Herbert's direction was to focus the series on a villainous AI, a major premise point in Brian's prequels and sequels to the Dune series. Being that all the Dune books heavily foreshadow into one another, this leaves many viewing the expanded Dune series as not part of the original six.
- Classic Comebacks (1981)
- Incredible Insurance Claims (1982)
- Sidney's Comet (1983)
- The Garbage Chronicles (1985)
- Man of Two Worlds (1986) (with Frank Herbert)
- Sudanna, Sudanna (1986)
- Prisoners of Arionn (1987)
- The Race for God (1990)
- Memorymakers (1991) (with Marie Landis)
- Blood on the Sun (1996) (with Marie Landis)
- The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (2014)
- Timeweb (2006)
- The Web and the Stars (2007)
- Webdancers (2008)
- Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert (2003)
- The Forgotten Heroes: The Heroic Story of the United States Merchant Marine (2004) ISBN 0-7653-0706-5
(all with Kevin J. Anderson)
Prelude to Dune trilogy
Legends of Dune trilogy
(also with Frank Herbert)
- The Road to Dune (2005)
Heroes of Dune
- Paul of Dune (2008)
- The Winds of Dune (2009)
- The Throne of Dune (TBD) (Originally titled Irulan of Dune)
- Leto of Dune (TBD) (Title may have changed to Golden Path of Dune)
Great Schools of Dune
Dune short stories
- "Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas"
- "Dune: Hunting Harkonnens"
- "Dune: Whipping Mek"
- "Dune: The Faces of a Martyr"
- "Dune: Sea Child"
- "Dune: Treasure in the Sand"
with Kevin J. Anderson
- Hellhole (2011)
- Hellhole Awakening (March 19, 2013)
- Hellhole Inferno (2014)
- The Writer's Almanac, American Public Media, June 29, 2002, retrieved 2011-01-10
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- Quinn, Judy (November 17, 1997). "Bantam Pays $3M for Dune Prequels by Herbert's Son". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- "Dune 7 blog: Conspiracy Theories." (December 16, 2005). DuneNovels.com (Internet Archive). Retrieved October 12, 2008. "Frank Herbert wrote a detailed outline for Dune 7 and he left extensive Dune 7 notes, as well as stored boxes of his descriptions, epigraphs, chapters, character backgrounds, historical notes — over a thousand pages worth."
- Neuman, Clayton (August 17, 2009). "Winds of Dune Author Brian Herbert on Flipping the Myth of Jihad." AMCtv.com (Internet Archive). Retrieved March 31, 2014. "I got a call from an estate attorney who asked me what I wanted to do with two safety deposit boxes of my dad's ... in them were the notes to Dune 7 -- it was a 30-page outline. So I went up in my attic and found another 1,000 pages of working notes."
- "Before Dune, After Frank Herbert." Amazon.com (2004). Retrieved November 12, 2008. "Brian was cleaning out his garage to make an office space and he found all these boxes that had "Dune Notes" on the side. And we used a lot of them for our House books."
- "Interview with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson." Arrakis.ru (2004). Retrieved November 12, 2008. "We had already started work on House Atreides ... After we already had our general outline written and the proposal sent to publishers, then we found the outlines and notes. (This necessitated some changes, of course.)"
- Ascher, Ian (2004). "Kevin J. Anderson Interview." DigitalWebbing.com (Internet Archive). Retrieved July 3, 2007. "... we are ready to tackle the next major challenge — writing the grand climax of the saga that Frank Herbert left in his original notes sealed in a safe deposit box ... after we'd already decided what we wanted to write ... They opened up the safe deposit box and found inside the full and complete outline for Dune 7 ... Later, when Brian was cleaning out his garage, in the back he found ... over three thousand pages of Frank Herbert's other notes, background material, and character sketches."
- Adams, John Joseph (August 9, 2006). "New Dune Books Resume Story." SciFi.com (Internet Archive). Retrieved December 19, 2007. "Anderson said that Frank Herbert's notes included a description of the story and a great deal of character background information. 'But having a roadmap of the U.S. and actually driving across the country are two different things,' he said. 'Brian and I had a lot to work with and a lot to expand...'"
- Snider, John C. (August 2007). "Audiobook Review: Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson." SciFiDimensions.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
- "Marin County – Newspaper Obituaries of AIDS Victims". MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
- Anderson, Kevin J. (February 28, 2009). "Dune blog". DuneNovels.com. Retrieved March 5, 2009.[dead link]
- Anderson, Kevin J. (April 14, 2008). "Dune blog". DuneNovels.com. Retrieved March 5, 2009.[dead link]
- www.BrianHerbertNovels.com his official web site
- Brian Herbert at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Authors@Google video talk. October 7, 2008
- Brian Herbert Interview with AMCtv.com