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Western professor wins Dragon Award for his latest contribution to sci-fi series Dune

Author and publisher Kevin J. Anderson poses with an award for his novel "Dune" at the 2023 DragonCon event.

International bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson recognized at DragonCon

GUNNISON, Colorado: Professor Kevin J. Anderson, Publishing Concentration program director at Western Colorado University, won the prestigious Dragon Award in the Best Comic Book or Graphic Novel category for his novel DUNE: HOUSE HARKONNEN at this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta. It is the third time Anderson has won a Dragon Award in the eight years since the award was first offered.

The Dragon Award is one of the major awards in the field, voted on by over 50,000 fans worldwide. “The Dragon Award is very meaningful to me because it’s not given by a small panel of judges but voted on by tens of thousands of fans around the world,” Anderson said.

He won the Dragon Award last year for his adaptation of HOUSE ATREIDES, after winning it for the first time in 2018 for his alternate history novel UNCHARTED. DragonCon is the largest Science Fiction fan convention in the country, with over 85,000 attendees.

Anderson is an international bestselling author with more than 170 novels to his credit and 23 million books in print in thirty languages. He has written over 50 books for Lucasfilm LTD in the Star Wars universe, along with his writing for the X-Files, Star Trek, Batman, and Superman productions, as well as many other popular franchises.

Dune, written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965, is one of the best-known series in Science Fiction. Over the last 25 years, Anderson has written more than 20 books in that series with Herbert’s son Brian. The duo has also worked on comics and graphic novels and are both consultants on the new Denis Villeneuve films of DUNE and the spinoff TV series DUNE: THE SISTERHOOD, based on one of their novels. Their latest novel in the series, PRINCESS OF DUNE, comes out on October 3.

“So much has changed since we published our first prequel. The original DUNE has always been my favorite science fiction novel, and I am very pleased to keep working in this wonderful universe,” Anderson said.

About Western Colorado University: Established in 1901, Western is a four-year public institution in Gunnison, Colo. that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in over 100 areas of study. Our campus on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains is home to more than 2,000 resident students, while approximately 1,600 additional students take courses at the University remotely.

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