Frank Herbert

1920 - 1986

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Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science-fiction author, best known for his 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Herbert has received more than 4,657,857 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Frank Herbert is the 432nd most popular writer (down from 169th in 2019), the 408th most popular biography from United States (down from 143rd in 2019) and the 40th most popular American Writer.

Frank Herbert is most famous for his science fiction novel Dune.

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  • 4.7M

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  • 67.94

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  • 64

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.58

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  • 4.67

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

The eyes of Heisenberg
Fictionin English, Fiction in English
Whipping Star
Fiction in English, American Science fiction, Fiction, science fiction, general
Dune (Imaginary place), Fiction, Fiction, science fiction, general
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet of Arrakis, *Dune* is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, *Dune* won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis for what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. This description comes from the 2010 Ace Books edition.
The Godmakers
Fiction in English
Children of Dune
Dune (Imaginary place), Fiction, Fiction in English
The science fiction masterpiece continues in the "major event,"( Los Angeles Times) Children of Dune. With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination and one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction. The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, disappeared in the deserts of Arrakis. Like their father, they possess supernormal abilities—making them valuable to their aunt Alia, who rules the Empire. If Alia can obtain the secrets of the twins' prophetic visions, her rule will be absolute. But the twins have their own plans for their destiny.
Dune Messiah
American Science fiction, Dune (Imaginary place), Fiction

Page views of Frank Herberts by language

Over the past year Frank Herbert has had the most page views in the with 1,684,657 views, followed by German (214,171), and Russian (174,057). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are English (210.35%), Korean (210.16%), and Polish (196.61%)


Among writers, Frank Herbert ranks 432 out of 7,302Before him are Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Vysotsky, Philip Roth, William of Rubruck, Phaedrus, and Andrzej Sapkowski. After him are Hector Malot, Al-Maʿarri, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Kurt Vonnegut, Louis Aragon, and André Maurois.

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Among people born in 1920, Frank Herbert ranks 16Before him are Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Paul Celan, Mario Puzo, Owen Chamberlain, Melina Mercouri, and Gianni Rodari. After him are Amália Rodrigues, Boris Vian, Traudl Junge, Éric Rohmer, Richard von Weizsäcker, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Among people deceased in 1986, Frank Herbert ranks 14Before him are Tenzing Norgay, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Beuys, Cliff Burton, Jean Genet, and Harold Macmillan. After him are Urho Kekkonen, Henry Moore, Celâl Bayar, Jaroslav Seifert, Edward Adelbert Doisy, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Frank Herbert ranks 408 out of 20,380Before him are James Hong (1929), Man Ray (1890), Florence Foster Jenkins (1868), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Philip Roth (1933), and Billie Holiday (1915). After him are Prince (1958), Jack Ruby (1911), Paul Tibbets (1915), Willis Carrier (1876), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), and Jon Brower Minnoch (1941).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Frank Herbert ranks 40Before him are O. Henry (1862), Raymond Chandler (1888), Henry James (1843), Dan Brown (1964), Sylvia Plath (1932), and Philip Roth (1933). After him are Kurt Vonnegut (1922), Susan Sontag (1933), Jack Kerouac (1922), Eugene O'Neill (1888), Patricia Highsmith (1921), and George R. R. Martin (1948).