Books That Inspire 2013

Frank Herbert

Nebula Award for Best Novel (1965) and Hugo Award for Best Novel (1966).

Dune, the 1965 sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, won the 1966 Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award. I picked this book up when I was a kid, a kid who liked character-driven stories but was bored to sleep by discussions of politics, religion, economics, military matters, environmentalism, ecology, diplomacy, and history. That’s a big list so I’m not really sure what was leftover that I did like. New Kids on the Block? Herbert expertly inserted all of the above themes into a truly engaging story that took hold of me and never let go. Twenty years later these are my favorite subjects, subjects my career is based around.

Amy Rodgers
Doctoral Student
History of Science