What’s on the Dune Reading Order?
Dune was started by Frank Herbert in 1965. However, he was only able to finish six books before his death. His son, Brian Herbert, with the help of Kevin J. Anderson continued the series. Then they expanded the lore behind it. Here is the completely chronological Dune reading order for the entire series, including the original six novels and Brian’s additions. This list includes all of the following:
- The original books: The six books originally written by Frank Herbert, starting with Dune in 1965.
- Additional books: All of the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
- Road to Dune: A collection of short stories.
- Film/Television Adaptations: The 1984 film adaptation, and the Syfy adaptations of Dune, Dune: Messiah, and Children of Dune.
The bulk of this series comes in the form of books; it’s not as diverse in the media that is used to tell this story. However, that keeps the Dune timeline and reading order quite simple, so we like it that way. We hope you enjoy. As always, if there’s a problem with the timeline, be sure to let us know. Additionally, if you enjoyed this timeline, you might like others, such as our Lord of the Rings timeline.
|1||Road to Dune||Buy||Hunting Harkonnens||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2002||Collected in Road to Dune|
|2||Legends of Dune||Buy||The Butlerian Jihad||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2004|
|3||Road to Dune||Buy||Whipping Mek||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2003||Collected in Road to Dune|
|4||Legends of Dune||Buy||The Machine Crusade||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2003|
|5||Road to Dune||Buy||The Faces of a Martyr||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2004||Collected in Road to Dune|
|6||Legends of Dune||Buy||The Battle of Corrin||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2004|
|7||Great Schools||Buy||Sisterhood of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2012|
|8||Great Schools||Buy||Mentats of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2014|
|9||Great Schools||Buy||Navigators of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2016|
|10||Prelude to Dune||Buy||House Atreides||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||1999|
|11||Prelude to Dune||Buy||House Harkonnen||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2000|
|12||Prelude to Dune||Buy||House Corrino||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2001|
|13||Prelude to Dune||Buy||Wedding Silk||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2011||Collected in Road to Dune|
|14||Original Era||Buy||Dune||Novel||Frank Herbert||1965|
|15||Original Era||Buy||Dune||Film||David Lynch||1984||The original film adaptation.|
|16||Original Era||Buy||Dune||Television||John Harrison||2000||The television mini-series adaptation.|
|17||Original Era||Buy||Dune: The Official Comic Book||Comic||Ralph Macchio||1984||Comic adaptation.|
|18||Road to Dune||Buy||A Whisper of Caladan Seas||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2001||Collected in Road to Dune|
|19||Heroes of Dune||Buy||Paul of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2008|
|20||Road to Dune||Buy||The Road to Dune||Short Story||Frank Herbert||1985||Collected in Road to Dune|
|21||Original Era||Buy||Dune Messiah||Novel||Frank Herbert||1969|
|22||Heroes of Dune||Buy||The Winds of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2009|
|23||Original Era||Buy||Children of Dune||Novel||Frank Herbert||1976|
|24||Original Era||Buy||Children of Dune||Television||Greg Yaitanes||2003||A television mini-series adaptation of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.|
|25||Original Era||Buy||God Emperor of Dune||Novel||Frank Herbert||1981|
|26||Original Era||Buy||Heretics of Dune||Novel||Frank Herbert||1984|
|27||Original Era||Buy||Chapterhouse Dune||Novel||Frank Herbert||1985|
|28||Road to Dune||Buy||Sea Child||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2006||Collected in Road to Dune|
|29||Sequels||Buy||Hunters of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2006|
|30||Sequels||Buy||Treasure in the Sand||Short Story||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2006||Included in Hunters of Dune paperback.|
|31||Sequels||Buy||Sandworms of Dune||Novel||Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson||2007|