He served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a Photographer for six months during World War II. He briefly attended the University of Washington before beginning work for the Oregon Statesman and the Seattle Star.
His Dune books are notable for their unique blend of themes and subjects; the works directly or indirectly discuss geology, philosophy, psychology, politics, and religion.
He married Beverly Ann Stuart in 1946. He and Stuart became parents to two sons, including author
David Lynch directed the 1984 film adaptation of Herbert's famous Dune saga.