Incredible Concept Art From The Most Amazing Sci-Fi Movie Never Made

Before we get into the concept art here, you've gotta watch the trailer for Jodorowsky's Dune, a new documentary chronicling the eponymous Chilean director's crazy-ambitious attempt to bring Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic to the big screen in the 1970s. » 2/27/14 5:29pm 2/27/14 5:29pm

Which book series went on WAY past its expiration date?

The best science fiction and fantasy books are so addictive, you finish one book and immediately want to reach for the next. Until... they start to go downhill. Because the Law of Diminishing Returns applies to every universe. What's the book series that most outstayed its welcome? » 8/22/13 2:10pm 8/22/13 2:10pm

Rare Dune art from Omni reveals Frank Herbert's original vision

One of the many reasons we're excited for the return of Omni magazine is access to their vaults. Just recently, the new owners of the magazine republished this iconic Dune art from a collection of rare work by John Schoenherr. Not only are these illustrations stunning, but Frank Herbert praised their accuracy. » 8/16/13 11:21am 8/16/13 11:21am

The Closest You'll Ever Come to Watching Jodorowsky's Lost Dune Movie

Back in the mid-1970s, legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to make a movie of Frank Herbert's Dune, featuring people like Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and Salvador Dali, with designs by H.R. Giger and Chris Foss. It would have been astonishing, whether or not it lived up to the book. Now, a new documentary… » 5/20/13 12:14pm 5/20/13 12:14pm

5 Essential Frank Herbert Novels That Aren't About Dune

Frank Herbert's Dune saga — a six book series that many consider to be one of the greatest ever written — has completely overshadowed many of his other works. But by the time he died in 1986, Herbert had penned over 26 novels — and not surprisingly, that includes a host of hidden treasures. Here are five novels by… » 1/30/13 10:01am 1/30/13 10:01am

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Cheer You the Frak Up

Even starship captains get the blues sometimes. And when you get depressed, or when you're stuck in bed with a nasty case of black plague, you need something to cheer you the frak up. Luckily, there are tons of science fiction and fantasy books with proven restorative properties. » 10/10/12 1:00pm 10/10/12 1:00pm

10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should …

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books — from Asimov to Pynchon, there are some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction out there. But they're also daunting. So a lot of us just muddle through and pretend to have read these classics — which isn't that hard, because they're everywhere, and… » 7/10/12 10:08am 7/10/12 10:08am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Series That Started Out as Trilogies

Star Wars isn't the only universe that started out as a tight little trilogy and then expanded to include more installments and added adventures. Plenty of authors start out intending to write just three books... and then wind up with a sprawling 12-book series, with no end in sight. » 3/22/12 3:32pm 3/22/12 3:32pm

Jodorowsky wanted his Dune film to induce LSD-like hallucinations

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune was an incredibly ambitious project, one that, had he gotten his way, would have included music by Pink Floyd, designs by Moebius and HR Giger, and Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Gloria Swanson in the cast. Although the movie never came to fruition, this first clip of the documentary » 2/11/12 2:15pm 2/11/12 2:15pm

What Frank Herbert's Dune Can Teach Us About the Power of Positive…

You probably know that Frank Herbert's Dune teaches that "fear is the mind-killer." But what else can you learn from Dune about the power of using your mind and avoiding negative thoughts? Psychologist Maria Konnikova delves into the real-life neuroscience that Paul Atreides taps into. » 2/09/12 2:00pm 2/09/12 2:00pm

Take a vacation to Arrakis with Dune travel posters

DrFaustusAU — who you may remember from the Cthulhu children's book — has now drafted vintage travel placards for destinations in Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tan with the Shai Hulud on Arrakis, shop for the finest whale fur on Caladan, and have a pugnacious day on Giedi Prime. » 10/16/11 1:45pm 10/16/11 1:45pm

This Dune cover art just sold for $26,000

The beautiful 11 x 15 inch watercolor painting by John Schoenherr, used for the ACE paperback first edition of Dune, just sold for a little over $26,000 at Heritage Auction Galleries, shattering the $10,000 to $15,000 pre-auction estimate. Internet bidders pushed the price to just over $19,000 prior to the live segment … » 9/12/11 11:06am 9/12/11 11:06am