Frank Herbert

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1920 - 1986

Frank Herbert is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning American writer best known for the critically- and commercially- successful Dune series. Dune is considerd to be the best selling science fiction novel of all time. Herbert's novels incorporate themes of psychology, politics and leadership, philosophy, spirituality and religion, and ecology and often involved extensive research and attention to detail. For example, he spent 6 years researching and writing Dune at a time when science fiction novels were expected to centre around an interesting technology, not plot or characters.

Since his death, Herbert's son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson have continued the Dune series, based on Herbert's notes and ideas.

QUOTES:

"I think science fiction does help, and it points in very interesting directions. It points in relativistic directions. It says that we have the imagination for these other opportunities, these other choices. We tend to tie ourselves down to limited choices. We say, "Well, the only answer is...." or, "If you would just. . . ." Whatever follows these two statements narrows the choices right there. It gets the vision right down close to the ground so that you don't see anything happening outside. Humans tend not to see over a long range. Now we are required, in these generations, to have a longer range view of what we inflict on the world around us. This is where, I think, science fiction is helping. I don't think that the mere writing of such a book as Brave New World or 1984 prevents those things which are portrayed in those books from happening. But I do think they alert us to that possibility and make that possibility less likely. They make us aware that we may be going in that direction."

"A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating."

"Enormous problems arise when human mistakes are made on the grand scale available to a superhero... Heroes are painful, superheroes are a catastrophe. The mistakes of superheroes involve too many of us in disaster."

"The scarce water of Dune is an exact analog of oil scarcity."