Speaking of friends of Frank ...
I was in Frank's one-time home town of Port Townsend a couple months ago for the memorial service for Joe Wheeler, a truly great advocate for the arts whose organization Centrum
brought in so many artists to workshops to develop young talent, including Frank Herbert at some great writing workshops way back when.
At the reception after some moving testimonials to Joe (and some great chamber music and jazz from musicians paying tribute to Joe's love of music), I ran into Bill Ransom, who co-authored 'The Jesus Incident', 'The Lazarus Effect' and 'The Ascension Factor' (sequels to Destination: Void) with Frank. Bill looked to be having some major trouble with one foot, up in a cast and keeping him in a wheelchair, but he's still writing poetry and lecturing locally and it was great to see him. Of course our few exchanged words were about Joe, but now that I've discovered this site I am kind of curious to ask him what he thinks about the KJA/BH approach to Frank's universe. I suspect he is much too nice of a person to say anything against one of Frank's kids, but you never know.