Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How are Frank Herbert’s ecological interests reflected in his fiction?

Do Herbert’s satires on other science-fiction writers’ works intimate the principles that govern his own work in this genre?

What is an epic? Does a series of novels produced over a twenty-year period such as Herbert’s Dune novels qualify as an epic?

How is Herbert’s attitude toward technology expressed in his fiction?

What dimensions do the later Dune novels add to the first?