MORE ORIGINAL FRANK HERBERT MATERIAL
In digging through Frank Herbert's boxes of manuscripts, papers, and correspondence, we found far more material than we could include in THE ROAD TO DUNE. Here, as the publication of ROAD grows closer, we will be adding a selection of some of the writings that did not make the final cut, but which we feel are still of great interest to dedicated DUNE fans.
The following is a brief biography that Bev Herbert wrote for Frank before the original publication of DUNE:
BRIEF BIO OF FRANK HERBERT
Written by Beverly Herbert before the publication of DUNE
Age 45/born Tacoma, Wash.
Ex-newspaperman (Seattle P-I; Tacoma Times; Salem, Ore., Statesman; Santa Rosa, Calif., Press-Democrat; San Francisco Examiner)
Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, sailing, flying.
Married/three children/daughter, Penelope; sons, Brian and Bruce. Wife/Beverly
Wrote his first story at age 8. Frank: "It was godawful."
Sold first story at age 17. Frank: "The pseudonym and publisher remain my dark secret. I'll only admit that it was a Western."
Has traveled extensively in Latin America, including a memorable junket through Mexico with Jack and Norma Vance.
Frank says this is long enough, that no one wants to read a lot of stupid details about his life. He's really a rather shy person who goes through hell whenever he has to face a crowd, and this is like facing a crowd for him.
We also found several sheets of paper on which Frank Herbert had outlined an opera adaptation of DUNE, including suggestions for songs. The outline was handwritten and very rough; apparently, Frank did not pursue the idea further.
FRANK HERBERT'S NOTES FOR "DUNE OPERA"
Open with Paul against a gauzy background:
Child sings, "When I was a boy."
Older child sings, "When I was a boy."
Third, older child sings, "When I was a boy."
Concludes with a trio, all three ages.
Duet with Jessica, "My Duke is dead."
"Ride the Worm"
Duet with Baron and Piter:
Shaddam: "I am Shaddam, I am Emperor of the Universe."
Chani: "I love this man. Not a god, but a man."
Paul: "Do not go there, Beloved! Into the future-"
(A matter of speed [in Time] to go faster into the Future)
Chani & Paul, duet, in oasis setting, moonlight
Hawat: "Keep me from evil. Deliver me from evil."
Paul: "We throw our reality onto the Universe like a net-and when the net fdalls, defining the shape within it-what happens when the shape fails to meet our expectations?"
Idaho: "A sword is a sword is a sword.
Paul: "Why was I born? I was born for this-born to rule."
Paul and Alia duet
Battle scene, chorus: "We are Fremen."
Stilgar: "Dust falls upon me, beautiful dust. I have seen a worm, long as a ship of space, Old Man of the Desert."
Minor key lament:
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