Saturday, April 9, 2016

H = HERBERT, Frank, Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

On Arrakis, later to be called DUNE, giant sandworms can be ridden by Fremen in still suits. . . 

From Sandworms and the Spice to the clash between the Harkonnens and the Atreides, Herbert's DUNE series entraps you in his universe.

Frank Herbert, Author of DUNE

H = Herbert, Frank Patrick, Jr., Author
Theme = Authors, AtoZ

Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr., October 8, 1920 - February 11, 1986, was an American Science Fiction writer best known for DUNE and it's five sequels. Herbert was once a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant and lecturer.

The DUNE saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, deal with complex themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology and the intersection of religion, politics and power.  DUNE is a best seller, and the series is considered classic.

Five sequels were written by Herbert 

Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse: Dune

Frank Herbert was inducted to the Science fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. He used his novels to explore complex ideas involving philosophy, religion, psychology, politics and ecology. The underlying thrust of his writing was the question of human survival and evolution.

DUNE, by Frank Herbert, photo by DG Hudson

DUNE is a landmark of soft science fiction. Herbert wanted to suppress the technology and address the future of humanity. The storyline of DUNE considers how humans and their institutions change over time. DUNE won the Nebula Award in 1965 and sharing the Hugo Award in 1966. DUNE is considered one of the best science fiction novels, depending on who you ask. The DUNE saga shared the Hugo Award in 1966.

These are the sand dunes that inspired Herbert

Sand dunes-Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - PD

Frank Herbert died of a massive pulmonary embolism while recovering from surgery for cancer on February 11, 1986 in Madison, Wisconsin.  He was 65.


Have you read the DUNE series or any of the books? Do you know what the Spice is?

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A to Z Challenge - 2016

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge A to Z Blog List



Image of Frank Herbert

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Image of Oregon sand dunes
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*** Frank Herbert wiki Information on DUNE