Brian Herbert

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
Brian Herbert at a book signing in 2008
Brian Herbert at a book signing in 2008
Born (1947-06-29) June 29, 1947 (age 72)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.[1]
GenreScience fiction
Notable worksDune series
SpouseJan Herbert
RelativesFrank Herbert (father, deceased), Penny Herbert (half-sister), Bruce Calvin Herbert (brother, deceased)

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 titled 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]


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 after his 1986 death, which was left incomplete at the end of Frank's sixth Dune novel, Chapterhouse: Dune. 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][11] In 2008, Brian and Anderson began publishing Heroes of Dune, a series of four novels which take place between the first five novels of Frank Herbert's six original Dune series, but only two were successfully published and so the inter prequels ended in 2009. Finally, their involvement in expanding Dune ended with the Great Schools of Dune trilogy (2012-2016). Furthermore, Brian, along with Kevin, have also written the Dune short stories (2001-2017).

Personal lifeEdit

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 of AIDS in 1993.[12]



  • 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 seriesEdit

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


  • Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert (2003)
  • The Forgotten Heroes: The Heroic Story of the United States Merchant Marine (2004) ISBN 0-7653-0706-5

Dune booksEdit

(all with Kevin J. Anderson)

Prelude to Dune trilogyEdit

Legends of DuneEdit


(also with Frank Herbert)

Dune 7Edit

Heroes of DuneEdit

Great Schools of DuneEdit

The Caladan TrilogyEdit

Dune short storiesEdit

Hellhole seriesEdit

with Kevin J. Anderson


  1. ^ The Writer's Almanac, American Public Media, June 29, 2002, retrieved January 10, 2011
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Liptak, Andrew (September 13, 2016). "The authors of Navigators of Dune on building an epic, lasting world". The Verge. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Quinn, Judy (November 17, 1997). "Bantam Pays $3M for Dune Prequels by Herbert's Son". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2014. The new prequels ... will be based on notes and outlines Frank Herbert left at his death in 1986.
  5. ^ "Dune 7 blog: Conspiracy Theories". December 16, 2005. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. 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.
  6. ^ Neuman, Clayton (August 17, 2009). "Winds of Dune Author Brian Herbert on Flipping the Myth of Jihad". AMC. Archived from the original on September 21, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2020. 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.
  7. ^ "Before Dune, After Frank Herbert". 2004. Archived from the original on April 9, 2009. 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.
  8. ^ "Interview with Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson". 2004. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. 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.)
  9. ^ Ascher, Ian (2004). "Kevin J. Anderson Interview". Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. 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.
  10. ^ Adams, John Joseph (August 9, 2006). "New Dune Books Resume Story". Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. 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...'
  11. ^ Snider, John C. (August 2007). "Audiobook Review: Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson". Archived from the original on March 24, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2009. the co-authors have expanded on Herbert's brief outline
  12. ^ "Marin County – Newspaper Obituaries of AIDS Victims". MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Anderson, Kevin J. (February 28, 2009). "Dune blog". Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  14. ^ Anderson, Kevin J. (April 14, 2008). "Dune blog". Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  15. ^ "Dune: The Duke of Caladan (The Caladan Trilogy Volume 1) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson". US Macmillan. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "Dune: The Duke of Caladan (The Caladan Trilogy 1) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson". Amazon. Retrieved June 11, 2020.

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