September 9, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (24) Frank Herbert

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

Frank Herbert
       (1920-1986 )

Curious facts about: 

Well known as a short story writer and as a professional photographer, he studied such diverse subjects as undersea geology, marine architecture, navigation, semantics, psychology, jungle botany, and oriental religions.

 During the Second World War he was an accredited photographer with the U.S. Navy, and he has also worked as a newspaperman, oyster-diver, judo instructor, TV cameraman, radio news commentator, jungle survival instructor, and lay analyst.

 Herbert's first published SF work was in 1952 for Startling Stories entitled "Looking for Something." The major career break for Frank came after John Campbell serialized Dune in 1963-4 for the new Analog. Two more Dune books followed, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune creating a Dune Trilogy. Some years later, three more Dune books were added.

 He and his wife had three children, one of whom, Brian Herbert, became a SF writer in his own right.


  1. I remember reading the first three Dune novels in high school. I didn't care very much for the second two, but I still love the first as a classic of SF. I had no idea that Mr. Herbert had such a diverse background. Thanks for sharing, Carmen!

    1. My experience regarding Dune is similar to yours. U haven't read many SFs ever since. Not exactly my favorite gender.
      Thanks for visiting, Mar!

  2. He sure had many talents! I bet his jungle survival knowledge came in handy in his writing. I love the quote and believe it is true of life as well. Thanks, Carmen.

    1. Thank you for checking this Wednesday post, Flossie!


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