Frank Herbert

Creator of the science fiction classic, Dune.

October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986

Novelist Frank Herbert's science fiction exhibits extraordinary complexity and creativity, and with classic novels like Dune (1965) he established himself as one of the genre’s preeminent world builders.

His emergence as a major writer commenced with Dune (1965), one of the most famous of all science fiction novels. Dune encompasses intergalactic politics, mental powers, religion, and war. Its primary impact, however, lies in its treatment of ecology. The planet Arrakis, with its giant sandworms and Bedouin-like Fremen clinging to precarious ecological niches through fanatical water conservation, is arguably the most convincing science fiction environment created. The series continues with Dune Messiah (1969), Children of Dune (1976), God Emperor of Dune (1981), Heretics of Dune (1984), and Chapterhouse: Dune (1985).

Herbert published other novels and series with admirable regularity, including The Green Brain (1966), Destination: Void (1966), and Hellstrom's Hive (1973). In 1966, he won both the Hugo Award and the first Nebula Award for Best Novel for Dune.

2006 Inductee