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Hellstrom’s Hive is a good example of this, taken on face value the novel is just as good a novel as Dune (if not better) but differs incredibly in. I recently picked up one of his non Dune related novels titled Hellstrom’s Hive and it does seem like a faint echo of Dune. When I first started. If you can find a copy of Hellstrom’s Hive, by all means read it. I’ve read a good handful of Herbert’s non-Dune books over the years (most of.

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Hellstrom’s Hive – Wikipedia

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom’s Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses—it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightma America is a police hellsyrom, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.

First published in Galaxy magazine in as “Project 40,” Frank Herbert’s vivid imagination and brilliant view of nature and ecology have hellsteom been more evident than in this classic of science fiction. Paperbackpages. Published April 3rd by Tor Books first published September Prix Tour-Apollo Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hellstrom’s Helllstromplease sign up. Is the name taken from the Hellstrom Chroniclethe Academy Award winning indie documentary about the lives hiev insects?

Therin Yes, the documentary was Herbert’s inspiration.

See 1 question about Hellstrom’s Hive…. Lists with This Book. Jul 20, Lyn rated it really liked it. And like most of his writing, all excellent, it is difficult to assess this work without references to his hiv work, Dune.

A fan of Dune will recall that the Bene Gesserit were particularly adept at arranged breeding patterns and the Bene Tleilaxu have hve hive mentality, de-emphasizing individualism. The contrast between individualism and a group consciousness is a major theme in this work.

In his own words, this created a “peculiar kind of tension”. This may also be seen as an allegory about communism.

Hellstrom’s Hive

At the time of the writing, the U. Taking his inspiration from the Hellstrom Chronicle, a film describing a Darwinistic struggle for survival between humans and insects that has elements of satire and sci-fi horror; Herbert makes use of his exceptional ability to produce well-crafted characterization to further create a first rate science fiction novel. View all 9 comments. Jun 12, Carlex rated it really liked it. Three and half stars. As I mentioned earlier, in my poor ignorance, I thought that Frank Herbert was a “one success man”.

Dune and the sequels. Fortunately, I was curious about this novel when I found it in the prestigious SF Masterworks collection. Now I know that this author has other interesting novels that I have added to my list of pending readings. Hellstrom’s Hive is a good classic An entertaining novel about genetics and social experiments, so the novel is also a bit spec Three and half stars. An entertaining novel about genetics and social experiments, so the novel is also a bit speculative. It is also a critique of secret agencies: The main characters are the agents of an unknown secret organization, each one with their own peculiar vision of how the problem they face should be dealt with according to their interests.


And, of course, there’s Mr. Hellstrom, a kind of entrepreneur with As I say, a good science fiction novel, which deals with a little-treated subject in the genre. And about this, it reminds me, have you read Stephen Baxter’s Coalescent? View all 5 comments. Jan 17, Kirt rated it really liked it.

It involves the encounter between normal Americans in the “modern day” and a strange, cultish society that has been secretly living among them since the 19th century, the Hive. A lot of major Herbert themes are here, in particular science and human genetic potential, as well as encounter with an “alien” that’s actually just another human culture. While the people of the Hive may have settled down in hove US since the s, they’ve existed helostrom small numbers as a secret society for at least a hundr It involves the encounter between normal Americans in the “modern day” and a strange, cultish society that has been secretly living among them since the 19th century, the Hive.

While the people of the Hive helltsrom have settled down in the US since the s, they’ve existed in small numbers as a secret society for at least a hundred years before that. In essence, they’re a group trying to model their society on what they see as the hellstgom successful type of organisms on earth: But they want to add human intelligence to the mix. Which leads to a very scary society.

They’re trying to breed a “domesticated” form of humanity, with different strains, like dogs; most notable is the scientist strain, with gigantic heads and useless bodies, who are working on a strange electromagnetic weapon to protect the Hive for when it is inevitably discovered by “wild, Outside humanity”. The average worker is controlled with various chemicals, which make them placid and truthful, and they of course have developed chemicals for increased fertility, including various aphrodisiacs, which are especially useful when sending breeder females out into Outside society.

In fact, they’re so yive with controlled breeding and maintaining important genetic stocks, they do some pretty scary things Herbert makes the storyline more nuanced by being careful to increase your sympathy for the Hive, and by carefully selecting those who encounter the Hive so you’re less sympathetic to them than you would otherwise hellstfom.

For example, there is room for individual merit in the Hive; exceptional persons are given “leader foods” their nutrition science is very advanced and given leadership positions, while remaining loyal to the Hive overall mostly due to how they were raised ; one such leader is the Hellstrom for which the book is named, who only has an individual name not common in Hive hife because he’s part of the front the group maintains to keep themselves secret from the Outside.

Also, the Hive members are very loving and concerned about all its members, in their own oddly communist way; plus they don’t emulate the insects slavishly.

For example, they know that insect appetite is ultimately destructive unless kept in check, and being intelligent, they intend to keep it in check themselves, by being very ecologically sound in their science, and recycling everything for food.

This leads to another of their button-pushing habits: A dead worker is usually sent to the Vats to be recycled as food. The Hive is discovered by a particularly nasty secret Agency, an ultrasecret Cold War espionage arm of the executive branch, with all the callous attitude toward human life contrasted with the Hive desire not to kill unless in self-defense that one might expect from such an Agency.


This tilts your sympathy a bit away from the “normal” humans a touch. The idea, and I think Herbert pulls it off, is to make both sides equally sympathetic and unsympathetic in their own ways. The narrative flips between the Hive perspective and the Agency’s perspective, as each finds out more about what the other is doing, the Agency trying to find out about the weapon the Hive is working on, and the Hive trying to keep Outsiders away and in the dark long enough to reach some accommodation helltsrom them.

It’s quite tense and interesting, and each loss and gain by either side hellstrim thrilling as your sympathies are engaged regardless of who is winning or losing. The only thing about this book is the ending is kinda weak.

It reaches a hivd point” — a sort of logical lull in the action — and then just stops. Nov 08, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite an ending that could have been better I enjoyed Hellstrom’s Hive a lot the second time around. Seeing where Herbert got his inspiration did significantly change my perception of the novel so I guess it was worth watching the rather poor movie after all.

I still hellstro, The Dosadi Experiment is his best non Dune novel but this one is not that far behind.

Procreative Stump by Frank Herbert from Hellstrom’s Hive

It takes the ecological hellstom that can be found in many of his novels to a new level and the creepiness Herbert works into it make It takes the ecological awareness that can be found in many of his novels to a new level and the creepiness Herbert works into it make it stand out.

If you can forgive Herbert the ending, I think it is well worth hivf read. Full Random Comments review Mar 15, Jakk Makk rated it did not like it. Audiobook sounds like someone reading Wind in the Willows.

Unfortunately, this is a stakeout: Structurally, there are no chapters – but there are a lot of breaks for POV changes that make good stopping points. Thematically, there are no true heellstrom and antagonists. It is basically the clash between two governments that starts small and escalates.

The NSA people are the farthest from protagonists in my opinion, but Hellstrom’s society becomes off-putting enough in places to make many people consider them evil. I hiv their procedures very logical at an almost Vulcan level – which I like. It does have some long winded rumination by various characters and some repetition.

But there is not much and it is easy to skip over without resorting hellstro pure speed reading – just skip to the next paragraph – you won’t miss anything important. As for the overall story itself, it is incredible, and I had a hard time stopping many times. The conclusion is long and engrossing. I recommend this book.

Aug 21, Thomas rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I listened to this book as an audio book. The concept is good but delivered in an arcane manner that is hopefully buried in the ‘s.

The book can be read as a study of that era’s mindset but that is all, in my opinion. The skill of Frank Herbert as a writer is chrystal clear and the narrator does a superb job in speaking it to us.