Dune (franchise)

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Dune, also known as the Dune Chronicles, is an American science fiction media franchise that originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert and has continued to add new publications. Dune is frequently described as the best-selling science fiction novel in history.[1][2] It won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Hugo Award in 1966, and was later adapted into a 1984 film, a 2000 television miniseries, and a 2021 film. The latter will be followed by a 2023 direct sequel. Herbert wrote five sequels, the first two of which were concomitantly adapted as a 2003 miniseries. Dune has also inspired tabletop games and a series of video games. Since 2009, the names of planets from the Dune novels have been adopted for the real-world nomenclature of plains and other features on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Created byFrank Herbert
Original workDune (1965)
OwnerHerbert family through Herbert Properties LLC[lower-alpha 1]; with an additional license to Legendary Entertainment
Print publications
  • The Illustrated Dune (1978)
  • The Dune Encyclopedia (1984)
  • The Making of Dune (1984)
  • The Dune Storybook (1984)
  • Songs of Muad'Dib (1992)
  • The Road to Dune (2005)
  • Tales of Dune (2011)
  • Tales of Dune: Expanded Edition (2017)
  • Sands of Dune (2022)
Short stories
  • Dune: The Official Comic Book (1984)
  • Marvel Comics Super Special #36: Dune (1985)
  • Dune (1985 series)
  • Dune: House Atreides (2020–2022 series)
  • Frank Herbert's Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 (2020)
  • Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar (2021)
  • Dune: A Whisper of Caladan Seas (2021)
  • Frank Herbert's Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 2: Muad'Dib (2022)
Films and television
Television series
Role-playingDune: Chronicles of the Imperium (2000), Dune: Adventures in the Imperium (2021)
Video game(s)

  • Dune (1984)
  • Dune: Spice Opera (games, 1992)
  • Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
  • Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001)
  • Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003)
  • Dune (2021)

Frank Herbert died in 1986. Beginning in 1999, his son Brian Herbert and science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson published several collections of prequel novels, as well as two sequels that complete the original Dune series (Hunters of Dune in 2006 and Sandworms of Dune in 2007), partially based on Frank Herbert's notes discovered a decade after his death.[3][4][5]

The political, scientific, and social fictional setting of Herbert's novels and derivative works is known as the Dune universe or Duniverse. Set tens of thousands of years in the future, the saga chronicles a civilization that has banned all "thinking machines", which include computers, robots, and artificial intelligence. In their place, civilization has developed advanced mental and physical disciplines as well as advanced technologies that adhere to the ban on computers. Vital to this empire is the harsh desert planet Arrakis, the only known source of the spice melange, the most valuable substance in the universe.

For the similarities between some of Herbert's terms and ideas and actual words and concepts in the Arabic language, as well as the series' "Islamic undertones" and themes, a Middle Eastern influence in Herbert's works has been widely noted.