Cruz: CSUF's 'Dune' Exhibit a Collaborative Effort

José Cruz

A chemist, an illustrator and two librarians walk into a bar…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but in fact it’s the true story of an inspiring collaboration at Cal State Fullerton that has resulted in the just-launched exhibit and speakers series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, “Dune.” (Well, a true story, minus the bar.)

“It was luck,” said Scott Hewitt, interim university librarian and professor of chemistry at Cal State Fullerton. He was sitting in his office in Pollak Library discussing the origins of the idea for the 50th anniversary. The “luck” he alluded to was a series of serendipitous events that placed him – a lifelong Frank Herbert fan – into a leadership position just when the 50th anniversary of “Dune” was right around the corner.

Hewitt already knew that the library housed a vast collection of Herbert’s materials in our University Archives and Special Collections, including some eight boxes of typescript carbon leaves documenting first drafts of what eventually became the “Dune” books, as well as personal correspondence and early manuscripts of dozens of Herbert’s other short stories and novels, some of them unpublished to this day. Continue reading.


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