Dune is not only a classic novel, but a vast universe created by Frank Herbert. And with six novels written by Frank himself as well as 13 novels and nine short stories written by us—covering approximately 15,000 years of history in the Dune canon—it can be difficult to figure out where to start.
We strongly recommend reading Frank Herbert’s original novel first. This is one of the seminal works in all of literature, and everyone should read it. After that, we suggest and , to finish Frank Herbert’s original trilogy.
At that point, you have several options. You can keep reading through Frank’s other three Dune novels which span about 5000 years of history, and follow that chronologically by reading our and , which were based upon Frank Herbert’s notes…followed by our other prequels and sequels.
As alternatives, we recommend two other entry points:
begins a prequel trilogy that goes back to the generation just before Dune, in which we tell the story of young Duke Leto, his love story with Lady Jessica, their first battles with Baron Harkonnen, and how Crown Prince Shaddam took the Imperial throne.
Or you can go back 10,000 years before Frank Herbert’s Dune, with the trilogy that starts with , and another trilogy beginning with …in all, six novels that establish the origins of the Fremen, the discovery of spice, the legendary war against the thinking machines, and the beginning of the feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen.
Yet another option would be to read all of the novels and short stories in chronological order, starting with “Hunting Harkonnens.” Below is a chronological list of novels and short stories, from beginning to end. All the short stories are collected in , except for the just-released “The Waters of Kanly,” which appeared in , edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
Two other books of interest are , with a collection of background material, some of the short stories, and the short novel “Spice Planet,” a very different version of Dune, as originally outlined by Frank Herbert and written by us.
And if you want to learn more about the genius of Frank Herbert, who created this grand universe, you will enjoy , Brian’s Hugo-nominated biography of his father.
The Dune Universe in Chronological Order:
“Hunting Harkonnens” (story, )
“Whipping Mek” (story, )
“The Faces of a Martyr” (story, )
“Red Plague” (story, )
“Wedding Silk” (story, )
“A Whisper of Caladan Seas” (story, )
“The Waters of Kanly” (story, )
“Sea Child” (story, )
“Treasure in the Sand” (story, )
[biography of Frank Herbert]