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The Road to Dune Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006
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“This collection of essays, stories, and selections from Herbert's papers will certainly be high-priority reading for Dune fans. . . . Of particular interest are the communications between Herbert, John Campbell, and others during and after the release of Dune, and unpublished sequences from Dune and Dune Messiah. . . . Dune was a social and publishing phenomenon; it moved science fiction into general publishing (and marketing) awareness and spurred a wide public awareness of ecological balance. This account of its genesis should interest no only fans but also students of popular culture.” ―Booklist on The Road to Dune
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.” ―Chicago Tribune on Dune
“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.” ―Arthur C. Clarke on Dune
“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.” ―The Washington Post on Dune
“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.” ―Robert A. Heinlein on Dune
“Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.” ―Louisville Times on Dune
“The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
“Sit back and enjoy.” ―Booklist on Dune: The Machine Crusade
“Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Dune:The Battle of Corrin
About the Author
BRIAN HERBERT, the son of Frank Herbert, is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a moving biography of his father that was nominated for the Hugo Award. His other novels include Man of Two Worlds (written with Frank Herbert), Sudanna Sudanna, and The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma.
Frank Herbert (1920-1986) created the most beloved novel in the annals of science fiction, Dune. He was a man of many facets, of countless passageways that ran through an intricate mind. His magnum opus is a reflection of this, a classic work that stands as one of the most complex, multi-layered novels ever written in any genre. Today the novel is more popular than ever, with new readers continually discovering it and telling their friends to pick up a copy. It has been translated into dozens of languages and has sold almost 20 million copies.
As a child growing up in Washington State, Frank Herbert was curious about everything. He carried around a Boy Scout pack with books in it, and he was always reading. He loved Rover Boys adventures, as well as the stories of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and the science fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs. On his eighth birthday, Frank stood on top of the breakfast table at his family home and announced, "I wanna be a author." His maternal grandfather, John McCarthy, said of the boy, "It's frightening. A kid that small shouldn't be so smart." Young Frank was not unlike Alia in Dune, a person having adult comprehension in a child's body. In grade school he was the acknowledged authority on everything. If his classmates wanted to know the answer to something, such as about sexual functions or how to make a carbide cannon, they would invariably say, "Let's ask Herbert. He'll know."
His curiosity and independent spirit got him into trouble more than once when he was growing up, and caused him difficulties as an adult as well. He did not graduate from college because he refused to take the required courses for a major; he only wanted to study what interested him. For years he had a hard time making a living, bouncing from job to job and from town to town. He was so independent that he refused to write for a particular market; he wrote what he felt like writing. It took him six years of research and writing to complete Dune, and after all that struggle and sacrifice, 23 publishers rejected it in book form before it was finally accepted. He received an advance of only $7,500.
His loving wife of 37 years, Beverly, was the breadwinner much of the time, as an underpaid advertising writer for department stores. Having been divorced from his first wife, Flora Parkinson, Frank Herbert met Beverly Stuart at a University of Washington creative writing class in 1946. At the time, they were the only students in the class who had sold their work for publication. Frank had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, one to Esquire and the other to Doc Savage. Beverly had sold a story to Modern Romance magazine. These genres reflected the interests of the two young lovers; he the adventurer, the strong, machismo man, and she the romantic, exceedingly feminine and soft-spoken.
Their marriage would produce two sons, Brian, born in 1947, and Bruce, born in 1951. Frank also had a daughter, Penny, born in 1942 from his first marriage. For more than two decades Frank and Beverly would struggle to make ends meet, and there were many hard times. In order to pay the bills and to allow her husband the freedom he needed in order to create, Beverly gave up her own creative writing career in order to support his. They were in fact a writing team, as he discussed every aspect of his stories with her, and she edited his work. Theirs was a remarkable, though tragic, love story-which Brian would poignantly describe one day in Dreamer of Dune (Tor Books; April 2003). After Beverly passed away, Frank married Theresa Shackelford.
In all, Frank Herbert wrote nearly 30 popular books and collections of short stories, including six novels set in the Dune universe: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune. All were international bestsellers, as were a number of his other science fiction novels, which include The White Plague and The Dosadi Experiment. His major novels included The Dragon in the Sea, Soul Catcher (his only non-science fiction novel), Destination: Void, The Santaroga Barrier, The Green Brain, Hellstorm's Hive, Whipping Star, The Eyes of Heisenberg, The Godmakers, Direct Descent, and The Heaven Makers. He also collaborated with Bill Ransom to write The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor. Frank Herbert's last published novel, Man of Two Worlds, was a collaboration with his son, Brian.
- Publisher : Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (August 29, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765353709
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765353702
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.21 x 1.29 x 6.85 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,288,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #771 in Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Criticism (Books)
- #815 in Science Fiction History & Criticism
- #1,277 in Literary Letters
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That said, the real meat of this book is the earlier draft of Dune, as well as deleted and alternative chapters. These are fascinating as they repeat many of the same themes as the final book but a much simpler plot. Unfortunately, again I wish Brian Herbert had provided more commentary to point out the differences between the drafts and the final text. How would the story have changed if some of the chapters about the trip from Caladan had been included?
Overall, I definitely recommend this to Dune fans, but also feel it could have been so much more.
Note: I have not read the short stories by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson because I have not read their other books (the short stories are sequels to some of their other work).
Top reviews from other countries
I would not recommend this book.
Quel dommage par contre que la moitié du bouquin soit consacré aux récits patauds et pesants de ses continuateurs, qui en tentant d'éclairer cet univers, ne parviennent qu'à tristement le banaliser.
c'est triste, hein : pour moitié, ce bouquin est génial, et pour moitié, c'est une purge.
on ne peut sans doute pas tout avoir. Kull wahad, comme dirait l'autre.