Frank Herbert Park in Tacoma

Let's encourage Metro Parks Tacoma to consider naming the breakwater peninsula of Point Defiance (currently unnamed) after Frank Herbert.

Author Frank Herbert wrote Dune, one of the bestselling science fiction novels ever, as well as five sequels set in the world that book imagined. He won both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards – the two most prestigious awards in science fiction. NASA has officially approved the naming of geographic features on Saturn’s moon Titan after words coined by him.

He’s from Tacoma, but no one here seems to know it.

Frank Herbert was not only a creative visionary, he was also a committed environmentalist and cared deeply about the health of the Northwest. In Brian Herbert’s biography of his father, he writes that on the Puget Sound, “Frank Herbert developed a deep respect for the natural rhythms of nature. The ecology message, so prevalent in much of his writing, is one of his most important legacies.”

Now is a the time to honor this native son with a beautiful park named for him. The tourism slogan we currently use to promote Tacoma is “Where Art and Nature Meet.” That describes Frank Herbert to a T. It’s time to embrace the boy who swam the Narrows, who fished on Tacoma’s beaches, and who grew up to be one of the most influential science fiction authors of all time.

Show your love for Frank and his legacy and sign this petition!

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  • Jean-Claude Dupre This was a man who cared for his fellow Human being and about the human condition. A wonderfully sensitive and creative human being who through his work inspired millions around the world. His son has take up his banner now. Please help us honor this noble man Frank Herbert. A man who cared....

  • Jacob M. Lindsey A stone-type memorial dedicated to Frank Herbert and his novels should be erected at the point too.

  • Tom O'Kelley Considering Mr. Herbert's history in and around Tacoma, naming the park for him is the right and proper thing to do.

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