Frank Herbert, (8 October 1920 – 11 February 1986) was an American science-fiction writer noted as the author of the best-selling, Dune, considered a classic in the science fiction genre.
Prior to the success of Dune, Herbert worked as a journalist, photographer, and book reviewer. Early in his career he sold pulp adventure and romance short stories to magazines. He began writing science fiction in the early 1950s had his short stories were published in Startling Stories, Astounding Science Fiction, and Amazing Stories.
In the Dune series, Herbert tackled such themes as ecology, evolution, genetic manipulation, and mystical and psychic possibilities.
Dune, was rejected 20 times before publication in 1965; the novel went on to sell over 12 million copies. The Dune Series became a movie, two television series, and video games. Herbert’s estate has recently released studio rights to Herbert’s work. According to Variety, Legendary Films will film a new Dune movie, screenplay by Eric Roth and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
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