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An American science fiction author. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels.
(1962 - )

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Do you want Columbus to go across the ocean, or do you want to put a message in a bottle and hope that it lands somewhere? I'd rather have actual people be there. Whether they look like Americans or like the inhabitants of some other country, depends on who has the most drive.
 

Dune is the bestselling science fiction book of all time. It's something you really need to read in your lifetime. If you're going to read The Lord of the Rings, which everyone should, then you have to read Dune, too.
 

Each book will have a lot of cliffhangers, because I like that.
 

Every spare second I would write, somehow. On my lunch hour, too.
 

I always had this non-stop drive. I had to keep sending stories out and every once in awhile I'd get something accepted or get the little trickle of positive feedback.
 

I always turn in my books on time, so you can always count on a book coming out when it's supposed to.
 

I did several interesting jobs, working in restaurants, I worked at a lab rat farm, feeding and watering all these rats. Then I got a full-time job as a technical writer for a large scientific research laboratory.
 

I don't think the author should make the reader do that much work to remember who somebody is.
 

I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.
 

I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the time when the big Cold War was going on.
 

I mean, I wasn't stupid. I knew we'd make money and sell a lot of Dune books.
 

I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old.
 

I think now I'm up to something like 85 different titles that I've published.
 

I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.
 

I want to make it so that so many things happen... that you didn't expect would happen in this series, that you realize that you have to read every one of them.
 

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too.
 

I'm talking to you and it's basically a direct communication, whereas if I'm writing a letter to you and you read the letter, there are like 12 extra deconstruction and reconstruction steps in the communication.
 

I've had the same, full-time assistant and typist for eight or nine years now. She's read everything I've written, she types everything and does a good job, translates it and makes comments.
 

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be.
 

If you had an alien race that looked like insects, then they would build robots to look like themselves, not to look like people.
 


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