Books: Dune Saga Reader’s Guide

ON THIS PAGE:

  • Reader’s Chronological Guide to the Worlds of Frank Herbert’s Dune
  • All-in-One Link List
  • Detailed Listings
    • Legends of Dune Trilogy [#01-#06]
    • Great Schools Series [#07-#10]
    • House Trilogy [#11-#13]
    • Dune Chronicles and Heroes of Dune [#14-#28]
    • The Grand Finale (i.e., Dune 7) [#29-#30]
  • Dune Saga Novels — Publication Timeline (1965-2016)

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Reader’s Chronological Guide

to the Worlds of Frank Herbert’s Dune

Since 2003, I have been collecting the Dune materials shown here and on other pages on this fansite. The following list puts all books and short stories in the universe of Dune into chronological order, as best as possible. I created this list initially as a reader’s guide for when I complete a book project I’m writing — as reading the entire Dune saga is my motivational reward. But I decided to share it, and posted an earlier edition of this visual bibliography in 2011 on my futuristguy blog, and have been working at completing it since then.

I started this reader’s guide with the chronology and various trilogy/series titles found on the official Dune novels website and then added other specific details about promotional editions, other versions, and various sources into the chronology. So, this reader’s guide includes prequels and sequels to Frank Herbert’s original six-book series, as well as “inquels” (additional stories and deleted scenes that coincide with the timeline of an existing novel) and “midquels” (additional stories and novels that bridge the timelines found in two novels). Sometimes there are different descriptions available for the short stories, and it is difficult to determine whether a particular story should be viewed as an inquel or midquel, so those designations on short stories are still tentative until I can get the entire Duniverse read in order.

Short stories are found in quotation marks. Novels are in italics. The six novels and few additional Dune stories by Frank Herbert himself are so noted. All other items written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Most links are to hardcover editions available on Amazon. For used copies, and especially out-of-print items, also check abebooks.

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ALL-IN-ONE DUNE LINK LIST

Readers Guide Sections

The sections after this all-in-one link list give more extended bibliographic material (publishers, publication years, ISBN, and miscellaneous notes. I kept the information in this section to a minimum.

Short stories were written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, unless otherwise noted.

1. Legends of Dune (#01-06)

1. “Hunting Harkonnens” – short story prequel; in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune. It was also issued as a separate giveaway “chapbook” (booklet).

2. The Butlerian Jihad.

3. “Whipping Mek” – a midquel short story that bridges The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade; in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune. It was also issued as a separate giveaway “chapbook” (booklet). Some of the chapbooks were issued with an audiobook CD of the story, and I have found both versions available at times on abebooks.

4. The Machine Crusade.

5. “The Faces of a Martyr” – midquel short story that bridges The Machine Crusade and The Battle of Corrin; in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune.

6. The Battle of Corrin.

2. Great Schools of Dune (#07-10)

7. The Sisterhood of Dune.

8. Mentats of Dune.

9. “Red Plague” short story; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.)

10. Navigators of Dune.

3. House Trilogy (#11-13)

11. House Atreides.

12. House Harkonnen.

13. House Corrino.

4. Dune Chronicles and Heroes of Dune (#14-28)

14. Dune, by Frank Herbert. Both the Dune 40th Anniversary Edition and Dune 50th Anniversary Edition have an afterword article by Brian Herbert. The Illustrated Dune has color plates and black-and-white artwork by John Schoenherr, who did the original cover art for Frank Herbert’s “Dune Chronicles” book series.

15. Deleted scenes and chapters (inquels) from Dune are found in The Road to Dune. These were edited from the original short-story versions that were serialized in the renown Analog science fiction magazine.

16. “Wedding Silk” – inquel short story that takes place during the timespan of Dune; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.)

17. “A Whisper of Caladan Seas” – short story, takes place during Dune; found in The Road to Dune and in Tales of Dune.

18. “The Road to Dune” is a short story found in Eye, a book of collected stories by Frank Herbert. This is not the same as the book, The Road to Dune. This short story is presented as a sampling from a “walking tour” written for visitors to Arrakis, with most illustrations by Jim Burns.

19. Paul of Dune serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune and Dune Messiah. This is volume #1 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune.

20. Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert.

21. Deleted scenes and chapters from Dune Messiah (inquels) are found in The Road to Dune. These were edited from the original short-story versions that were serialized in the Analog science fiction magazine.

22. The Winds of Dune serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. This is volume #2 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune.

23. Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert.

24. God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert.

25. Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert.

26. Chapterhouse Dune, by Frank Herbert.

27. “Sea Child” – short story for Chapterhouse Dune; found in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune.

28. “Treasure in the Sand” – short story for Chapterhouse Dune; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.)

5. The Grand Finale (#29-30)

29. Hunters of Dune.

30. Sandworms of Dune.

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DETAILED LISTINGS

For books by Frank Herbert, I have given only the original publisher and year of publication. (Many early editions were issued by book clubs, and don’t seem to have an ISBN.) For books by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, I have given original publisher, year of publication, and ISBN. I use the hardcover edition, wherever possible.

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Legends of Dune Trilogy [#01-06]

All of these novels and short stories were written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, except as noted.

1. “Hunting Harkonnens” – short story prequel; in The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor, 2005; ISBN 9780765312952) and Tales of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (WordFire Press, 2017; ISBN 9781614755883). It was also issued as a separate giveaway “chapbook” (booklet).

2. The Butlerian Jihad, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2002). ISBN 9780765301574.

3. “Whipping Mek” – a midquel short story that bridges The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade; in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune. It was also issued as a separate giveaway “chapbook” (booklet). Some of the chapbooks were issued with an audiobook CD of the story, and I have found both versions available at times on abebooks.

4. The Machine Crusade, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2003). ISBN 9780765301581.

5. “The Faces of a Martyr” – midquel short story that bridges The Machine Crusade and The Battle of Corrin; in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune.

6. The Battle of Corrin, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2004). ISBN  9780765301598.

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Great Schools Series [#07-10]

This series was the final one produced, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. It focuses on the roots of the Bene Gesserit, Mentats, Suk Doctors, Spacing Guild and Navigators, and Corrino Imperium.

7. The Sisterhood of Dune, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2012). ISBN 9780765322739.

8. Mentats of Dune, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2014). ISBN 9780765322746.

9. “Red Plague” short story; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.)

10. Navigators of Dune, (Tom Doherty Associates, LLC; 2016). ISBN 9780765381255.

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House Trilogy [#11-13]

All of these novels were written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

11. House Atreides, (Random House Publishing Group; 1999). ISBN 9780553110616.

Be sure to note the separate afterwords by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Brian describes the finding of his father’s files of Dune character sketches, original notes, story outlines, etc., and Kevin describes his connections with the Dune series as a reader and how he became a co-author with Brian.

12. House Harkonnen, (Random House Publishing Group; 2000). ISBN 9780553110722.

13. House Corrino, (Random House Publishing Group; 2001). ISBN 9780553110845.

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Dune Chronicles and Heroes of Dune [#14-28]

The label “Dune Chronicles” has been applied to the six novels written by Frank Herbert, and it is one he used himself on occasion. The “Heroes of Dune” series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson focuses on midquel novels and short stories that bridge the volumes of the Dune Chronicles.

14. Dune, by Frank Herbert (Chilton Books; 1965). I would recommend getting either the Dune 40th Anniversary Edition (Ace, 2005; ISBN 9780441013593), or Dune 50th Anniversary Edition, both of which has an afterword article by Brian Herbert. You might prefer The Illustrated Dune, with color and black-and-white artwork by John Schoenherr, who did the original cover art for Frank Herbert’s “Dune Chronicles” book series.

15. Deleted scenes and chapters (inquels) from Dune are found in The Road to Dune. These were edited from the original short-story versions by Frank Herbert that were serialized in the renown Analog science fiction magazine.

16. “Wedding Silk” – inquel short story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson that takes place during the timespan of Dune; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.) Two additional short stories in the original Kindle edition eBook appear to also be inquels for Dune: “Dune: Blood and Water” and “Dune: Fremen Justice.” I have not yet found these in print, and they don’t appear to be in the Tales of Dune: Expanded Edition Kindle eBook.

17. “A Whisper of Caladan Seas” – short story written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. It takes place during Dune; found in The Road to Dune and in Tales of Dune.

18. “The Road to Dune” is a short story found in Eye, a book of collected stories by Frank Herbert (Berkley Science Fiction; 1985). This is not the same as the book, The Road to Dune. This short story is presented as a sampling from a “walking tour” written for visitors to Arrakis, with most illustrations by Jim Burns.

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19. Paul of Dune, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor; 2008). ISBN 9780765312945. This book serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune and Dune Messiah. This is volume #1 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune.

20. Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert (Putnam Publishing; 1969).

21. Deleted scenes and chapters from Dune Messiah (inquels) are found in The Road to Dune. These were edited from the original short-story versions that were serialized in the Analog science fiction magazine.

22. The Winds of Dune, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor; 2009). ISBN 9780765322722. This book serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. This is volume #2 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune.

23. Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert (Putnam; 1976).

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24. God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert (Putnam Publishing; 1981).

25. Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert (Putnam Publishing; 1984).

26. Chapterhouse Dune, by Frank Herbert (Putnam Publishing; 1985).

27. “Sea Child” – short story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson for Chapterhouse Dune; found in The Road to Dune and Tales of Dune.

28. “Treasure in the Sand” – short story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson for Chapterhouse Dune; in Tales of Dune. (NOT found in The Road to Dune, as most of the other short stories are.)

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The Grand Finale (i.e., Dune 7) [#29-30]

This final duology that completes Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles was written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson from “Dune 7” notes left by Frank Herbert himself.

29. Hunters of Dune, (Tor; 2006). ISBN 9780765312921.

30. Sandworms of Dune, (Tor; 2007). ISBN 9780765312938.

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DUNE SAGA NOVELS —

PUBLICATION TIMELINE (1965-2016)

Novels listed here in order by the year of first publication (hardcover). The number at the end of each entry corresponds to the Readers Guide above.

1965. Dune, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #14]

1969. Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #20]

1976. Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #23]

1981. God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #24]

1984. Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #25]

1985. “The Road to Dune” is a short story found in Eye, a book of collected stories by Frank Herbert. This is not the same as the book, The Road to Dune. This short story is presented as a sampling from a “walking tour” written for visitors to Arrakis, with most illustrations by Jim Burns. [Dune Chronicles, #18]

1985. Chapterhouse Dune, by Frank Herbert. [Dune Chronicles, #26]

1999. House Atreides. [House Trilogy, #11]

2000. House Harkonnen. [House Trilogy, #12]

2001. House Corrino. [House Trilogy, #13]

2002. The Butlerian Jihad. [Legends of Dune, #2]

2003. The Machine Crusade. [Legends of Dune, #4]

2004. The Battle of Corrin. [Legends of Dune, #6]

2006. Hunters of Dune. [The Grand Finale, #29]

2007. Sandworms of Dune. [The Grand Finale, #30]

2008. Paul of Dune serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune and Dune Messiah. This is volume #1 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune. [Heroes of Dune, #19]

2009. The Winds of Dune serves as a midquel that bridges the events of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. This is volume #2 of 2 in the Heroes of Dune. [Heroes of Dune, #22]

2012. The Sisterhood of Dune. [Great Schools of Dune, #7]

2014. Mentats of Dune. [Great Schools of Dune, #8]

2016. Navigators of Dune. [Great Schools of Dune, #10]

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