Dune Reading Order and Timeline

Dune started as one of the most complex and fleshed out science fiction books of all time. Now, thanks in part to Frank Herbert’s son and co-writing partner Kevin J. Anderson, the franchise has grown considerable, spawning many spin-off series, and multiple adaptations. This is the Dune reading order and timeline.

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.

Where to Start Reading the Dune Series

As with many of our similar series timelines, we recommend you not start chronologically, and start with the original Dune book by Frank Herbert.

However, if you’re looking to get into the other Dune books, written after Frank Herbert’s death, we’d recommend either starting chronologically, or starting with House Atreides. Either will do.

#AmazonNameMediaAuthor/DirectorSeriesDateNotes
1BuyHunting HarkonnensShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonRoad to Dune2005-08-11Collected in Road to Dune adn Tales of Dune
2BuyThe Butlerian JihadNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonLegends of Dune2002-09-17
3BuyWhipping MekShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonRoad to Dune2005-08-11Collected in Road to Dune adn Tales of Dune
4BuyThe Machine CrusadeNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonLegends of Dune2003-09-16
5BuyThe Faces of a MartyrShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonLegends of Dune2005-08-11
6BuyThe Battle of CorrinNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonLegends of Dune2004-08-17
7BuySisterhood of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonGreat Schools2012-01-03
8BuyMentats of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonGreat Schools2014-03-11
9BuyRed PlagueShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonGreat Schools2016-11-01
10BuyNavigators of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonGreat Schools2016-09-13
11BuyHouse AtreidesNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonPrelude to Dune1999-10-05
12BuyHouse HarkonnenNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonPrelude to Dune2000-10-03
13BuyHouse CorrinoNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonPrelude to Dune2001-10-02
14BuyWedding SilkShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonTales of Dune2011-06-12Collected in Tales of Dune
15BuyDuneNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1965-08-01
16BuyDune (film)FilmDavid LynchOriginal Era1984-12-14The original film adaptation.
17BuyDune (TV)TV EpisodeJohn HarrisonOriginal Era2000-12-03The television mini-series adaptation.
18BuyDune: The Official Comic BookGraphic NovelRalph MacchioOriginal Era1984-12-01Comic adaptation.
19BuyThe Waters of KanlyShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonOriginal Era2017-10-17Collected in Infinite Stars
20BuyA Whisper of Caladan SeasShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonRoad to Dune2005-08-11Collected in Road to Dune adn Tales of Dune
21BuyPaul of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonHeroes of Dune2008-09-16
22BuyThe Road to DuneShort StoryFrank HerbertRoad to Dune1985-01-01Collected in Road to Dune
23BuyDune MessiahNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1969-01-01
24BuyThe Winds of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonHeroes of Dune2009-08-04
25BuyChildren of DuneNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1976-04-01
26BuyChildren of Dune (TV)TV EpisodeGreg YaitanesOriginal Era2003-03-16A television mini-series adaptation of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
27BuyGod Emperor of DuneNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1981-05-28
28BuyHeretics of DuneNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1984-04-01
29BuyChapterhouse DuneNovelFrank HerbertOriginal Era1985-03-01
30BuySea ChildShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonTales of Dune2011-06-12Collected in Tales of Dune
31BuyHunters of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonSequels2006-08-22
32BuyTreasure in the SandShort StoryBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonSequels2011-06-12Collected in Tales of Dune
33BuySandworms of DuneNovelBrian Herbert, Kevin J. AndersonSequels2007-08-07
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