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.

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

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by.

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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


http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html A to Z Blog List

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References

Image of Frank Herbert

This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed

Image of Oregon sand dunes
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled GNU Free Documentation License

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Herbert Frank Herbert wiki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel) Information on DUNE

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17 comments:

  1. I only read the first book, Dune, but I've read other books by Herbert: The Dosadai Experiment and Whipping Star, both of which I loved. Esp. Whipping Star.

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    1. I haven't read those two, so you've given me a few titles to investigate, Thanks!

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  2. Sci Fi isn't a genre that I like to read so I've only heard of this movie. I think Sting was in it. I had no idea Oregon had dunes like that. I thought it was only the east coast and that park in CO.

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    1. Sting was in the original Dune movie with the decadent Harkonnen and was the perverted nephew of the Baron. . . he was very good and young then.

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  3. Great post. Thank you. I've not heard of Frank Herbert before (only James Herbert) but I feel more educated for having read this. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I had not heard of James Herbert. . .Hope your weekend is nice too. It's sunny here and warm. There is also Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, who co-authored a few books in the DUNE universe based on his father's notes.

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  4. I have never read the Dune books but have seen the movie. Herbert had a very original mind.

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    1. You said it. He imagines things I thought were quite inventive. I like Frank's work better than his son's (Brian).

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  5. I haven't read of this series, but I have HEARD of it. Considering that sci fi isn't my genre, that's something. Right?

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    1. Yes, it is. I don't usually like anything with space monsters in it, but a whole religion and beliefs are formed around the sandworms of DUNE. And they clone people too on one of the planets, plus the Bene Gesserit are the tough women cult with their bad sisters the Honored Matres. I am a big fan of this series.

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  6. Yeah, I call myself a sci fi fan, and I've never read a Dune book *hangs head in shame*

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

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    1. When you're in the mood for scifi, try reading the first book where the family is given a post/semi-exile on a planet that mines Spice, the resource Dune produces which is connected to the sandworms. . .

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  7. Hi DG - years ago I tried to read Dune - and couldn't manage it ... perhaps now I'm more aware of Sci Fi - I should try again ... and no doubt will in due course ... Cheers Hilary

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    1. It never hurts to try again, but sometimes you do have to be in the right mood to read certain books. I've had that happen sometimes. It's one of my favorites because I came to like the characters and Herbert was an excellent world builder.

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  8. You know I'm not into science fiction, but I read Dune back in the day and really liked it.

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  9. Something new for my TBR :-) Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

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  10. I read Dune when I was an undergraduate in the 1970s. I travelled to Arrakis every day after coming back to the student apartment for field school attendees. In the day on Cayo Santiago the free ranging rhesus macaques we studied provided distraction from the intensely hot, humid, dank environment. In the evening it was Arrakis that provided counterpoint to the tropical foliage and smothering dense moisture of the air.

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