Eye (short story collection)

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Eye-Frank Herbert.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorFrank Herbert
IllustratorJim Burns
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBerkley Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Preceded byThe Priests of Psi (1980) 
Followed byThe Collected Stories of Frank Herbert (2014) 

Eye (1985) is a collection of 13 science fiction short stories by American writer Frank Herbert. All of the works had been previously published in magazine or book form, except for "The Road to Dune".


  • Introduction
Herbert discusses David Lynch's film Dune and his own participation in the production, and lists scenes that were shot, but cut from the released version.
Psychological thriller originally serialized as Under Pressure in Astounding magazine from December 1955 through February 1956, then reworked and published as a book in 1956.
First appearing in Fantastic Universe magazine in 1958, this short story is notable for the introduction of the character Jorj X. McKie, saboteur extraordinaire.
First appearing in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in 1964 and later republished in The Worlds of Frank Herbert in 1971, this novelette is notable for establishing the setting for Herbert's ConSentiency universe.
  • "The Road to Dune"
Set in Herbert's Dune universe, this short work takes the form of a guidebook for pilgrims to the planet Arrakis, illustrated by Welsh artist Jim Burns. The work takes place after the fall of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and the ascension of Paul Atreides to the throne in the 1965 novel Dune. "The Road to Dune" discusses the major sights in the capital city, Arrakeen, including the Grand Palace and Temple of Alia. It also features images (with descriptions) of some of the devices and characters presented in the novels, including Paul's personal ornithopter, an Ixian glowglobe, Princess Irulan, Duncan Idaho, and Reverend Mother Mohiam.
  • "By the Book"
  • "Seed Stock"
  • "Murder Will In"
  • "Passage for Piano"
  • "Death of a City"
  • "Frogs and Scientists"
This is the story of a frog that considers itself to be a scientist. The frog observes a human female washing herself while a young male human watches and then tries to explain it to another frog.


Eye was nominated for a Locus Award for best short story collection in 1986, but lost to Stephen King's collection Skeleton Crew.[1]


  1. ^ "1986 Locus Awards: Collection". LocusMag.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2011.

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