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Herbert didn't invent ecological sci-fi, but he made it famous with Dune.
Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer. He is best known for his classic science fiction novel Dune and its five sequels.