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’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: 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.
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. 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).
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.