I was in the midst of re-reading God Emperor for the umpteenth time and ran into some news about the Paramount remake of Dune (I'll save any comments about my trepidation on that for later) and followed some links and ... voila, here I am. Nice to see an active and functioning Herbert forum.
Disclosure .... hm, I'm old enough to have met Herbert, and lucky enough to have done so on a few occasions because I grew up in Port Townsend, WA, where Herbert settled after Dune unexpectedly found commercial success. I had the dubious honor of having Frank rip apart my short fiction in a 1-on-1 meeting at a sci-fi writer's workshop hosted in our town, an experience I would compare somewhat to Paul having his hand stuck in that damned Bene Gesserit box! My other tenuous link to Dune would be one of my best friends in grad school having gone to high school with Kyle MacLachlan ... he's got some stories.
I say all that only in the interests of full disclosure, as having met Frank when I was a kid gives me no special insight into his work or puts me above anyone else here in discussing that work. I couldn't even get the guy to tell me how to pronounce Bene Gesserit, he wanted you to work it out for yourself!
So, I hope to drop in occasionally and offer a comment here or there. Glad to see interest in the genuine Herbert works so alive and well.
All rebels are closet aristocrats.
Leto Atreides II