Dune, in Analog Magazine
FIRST APPEARANCE OF DUNE, preceding the first book edition.
“Much of Frank Herbert’s opus originally appeared in Analog, edited by the legendary John W. Campbell. Despite Campbell’s seal of approval, Dune—longer and far more ambitious than most science fiction of the time—was turned down by some twenty publishers. ‘It is just possible that we may be making the mistake of the decade in declining Dune by Frank Herbert,’ wrote Julian P. Muller, of Harcourt, Brace & World, in a typical response. In the end, an editor at Chilton, known for its line of car-repair manuals, offered to publish it after reading the serialized chapters” (The New Yorker).
“Published to almost immediate critical acclaim, Dune won the two most prestigious science fiction awards, the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 and the Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention in 1966” (American National Biography). Popular success was soon to follow as Dune “was translated into 14 languages and sold some 12 million copies, more than any other science-fiction book in history” (Britannica).
“Dune World” and “The Prophet of Dune” were combined to form the first book edition, published in August of 1965.
The first appearance of “Dune” in print, beginning with “Dune World” (December 1963 – February 1964) then “The Prophet of Dune” (January – May 1965).