Tacoma (WA) Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name a new park being built in Tacoma for science fiction author Frank Herbert. The park is being built on a plot of land where fresh dirt is being laid to cover smelter slag. Herbert lived in Tacoma in the 1950s and the ecological damage done by the Asarco Smelter informed his ecological themes in Dune.
Scientists have announced that the dark plains on Saturn’s moon Titan will be named for planets in Frank Herbert’s six-volume series which began with the novel Dune. The first plain to bear an Herbertian name is Chusuk planitia, located at 5°S, 23.5°W. Chusuk was a planet reknowned for its fine musical instruments.