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Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert
Brian Herbert at a book signing in 2008
Born (1947-06-29) June 29, 1947
Seattle, Washington, U.S.[1]
Language English
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction
Notable works Dune series
Spouse Jan Herbert
Relatives Frank Herbert (father, deceased), Bruce Calvin Herbert (brother, deceased)

Brian Patrick Herbert (born June 29, 1947) is an American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert.

Brian Herbert's novels include Sidney's Comet, Prisoners of Arionn, Man of Two Worlds (written with his father), and Sudanna Sudanna. In 2003, Herbert wrote a biography of his father: Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert. The younger Herbert has edited The Songs of Muad'dib and the Notebooks of Frank Herbert's Dune. Brian has also created a concordance for the Dune universe based on his father's notes, though, according to the younger Herbert, there are no immediate plans to publish it.[2]


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Works 3
    • Individual 3.1
      • Timeweb series 3.1.1
    • Non-fiction 3.2
    • Dune books 3.3
      • Prelude to Dune trilogy 3.3.1
      • Legends of Dune trilogy 3.3.2
      • Collection 3.3.3
      • Dune 7 3.3.4
      • Heroes of Dune 3.3.5
      • Great Schools of Dune 3.3.6
      • Dune short stories 3.3.7
    • Hellhole series 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Herbert is known for his collaborations with author Kevin J. Anderson, with whom he has written multiple prequels to his father's landmark 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, all of which have made the New York Times Best Seller list. The duo began with the trilogies Prelude to Dune (1999–2001) and Legends of Dune (2002–2004). Brian and Anderson next published Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007), two sequels to Frank Herbert's original Dune series which was left incomplete after his 1986 death. These novels are based on an outline and notes left behind by Frank Herbert for what he referred to as Dune 7, his own planned seventh novel in the Dune series.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] In 2008, Brian and Anderson began publishing Heroes of Dune, a series of four novels which take place between the novels of Frank Herbert's original series.

Personal life

Married since 1967, Herbert and his wife, Jan Herbert, have three daughters named Julie, Kim, and Margaux Beverly (named after Herbert's mother, Beverly Ann Stuart-Herbert). Herbert also has an elder half-sister, Penny; their younger brother, LGBT rights activist and photographer Bruce Calvin Herbert, died in 1993.[11]



  • Classic Comebacks (1981)
  • Incredible Insurance Claims (1982)
  • Sidney's Comet (1983)
  • The Garbage Chronicles (1985)
  • Man of Two Worlds (1986) (with Frank Herbert)
  • Sudanna, Sudanna (1986)
  • Prisoners of Arionn (1987)
  • The Race for God (1990)
  • Memorymakers (1991) (with Marie Landis)
  • Blood on the Sun (1996) (with Marie Landis)
  • The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (2014)

Timeweb series

  • Timeweb (2006)
  • The Web and the Stars (2007)
  • Webdancers (2008)


Dune books

(all with Kevin J. Anderson)

Prelude to Dune trilogy

Legends of Dune trilogy


(also with Frank Herbert)

Dune 7

Heroes of Dune

Great Schools of Dune

Dune short stories

Hellhole series

with Kevin J. Anderson


  1. ^ The Writer's Almanac, American Public Media, June 29, 2002, retrieved 2011-01-10 
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Quinn, Judy (November 17, 1997). Prequels by Herbert's Son"Dune"Bantam Pays $3M for .  
  4. ^ " blog: Conspiracy TheoriesDune 7." (December 16, 2005). (Internet Archive). Retrieved October 12, 2008. "Frank Herbert wrote a detailed outline for Dune 7 and he left extensive Dune 7 notes, as well as stored boxes of his descriptions, epigraphs, chapters, character backgrounds, historical notes — over a thousand pages worth."
  5. ^ Neuman, Clayton (August 17, 2009). " Author Brian Herbert on Flipping the Myth of JihadWinds of Dune." (Internet Archive). Retrieved March 31, 2014. "I got a call from an estate attorney who asked me what I wanted to do with two safety deposit boxes of my dad's ... in them were the notes to Dune 7 -- it was a 30-page outline. So I went up in my attic and found another 1,000 pages of working notes."
  6. ^ ", After Frank HerbertDuneBefore ." (2004). Retrieved November 12, 2008. "Brian was cleaning out his garage to make an office space and he found all these boxes that had "Dune Notes" on the side. And we used a lot of them for our House books."
  7. ^ "Interview with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson." (2004). Retrieved November 12, 2008. "We had already started work on House Atreides ... After we already had our general outline written and the proposal sent to publishers, then we found the outlines and notes. (This necessitated some changes, of course.)"
  8. ^ Ascher, Ian (2004). "Kevin J. Anderson Interview." (Internet Archive). Retrieved July 3, 2007. "... we are ready to tackle the next major challenge — writing the grand climax of the saga that Frank Herbert left in his original notes sealed in a safe deposit box ... after we'd already decided what we wanted to write ... They opened up the safe deposit box and found inside the full and complete outline for Dune 7 ... Later, when Brian was cleaning out his garage, in the back he found ... over three thousand pages of Frank Herbert's other notes, background material, and character sketches."
  9. ^ Adams, John Joseph (August 9, 2006). " Books Resume StoryDuneNew ." (Internet Archive). Retrieved December 19, 2007. "Anderson said that Frank Herbert's notes included a description of the story and a great deal of character background information. 'But having a roadmap of the U.S. and actually driving across the country are two different things,' he said. 'Brian and I had a lot to work with and a lot to expand...'"
  10. ^ Snider, John C. (August 2007). " by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. AndersonHunters of DuneAudiobook Review: ." Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  11. ^ "Marin County – Newspaper Obituaries of AIDS Victims". MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
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