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by Frank Herbert

  • ISBN: 0552682764
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Frank Herbert
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; First Thus edition (1974)
  • Pages: 312
  • ePub book: 1894 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1721 kb
  • Other: mbr txt lrf doc
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 138


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Hellstrom's Hive is a 1973 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert

Hellstrom's Hive is a 1973 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It is about a secret group of humans who model their lives upon social insects, and the unsettling events that unfold after they are discovered by a deeply undercover agency of the US government. Dr. Nils Hellstrom, an entomologist, is a successful film maker and influential scientific advisor with strong political ties.

Science Fiction Masterworks Volume 91. eGod. The book is not a tie-in; it’s a kind of tie-out: a deliberate metamorphosis of one text into something much richer and stranger. In place of the effective but rather simple-minded documentary narrative of the film, Herbert creates a compelling apocalyptic thriller. Where The Hellstrom Chronicle is interested in insects, Herbert shifts the focus to people. Herbert’s name is most closely associated with Dune (1965), his hugely influential planetary romance.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory.

Originally published under the title PROJECT 40 in Galaxy Magazine (November 1972 - March 1973); published by arrangement with Bantam Books. The Academy Award-winning, quasi-documentary film "The Hellstrom Chronicle," released in 1971, was the inspiration for Herbert's novel. America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: a beehive-like commune of humans who behave like insects and who possess insect powers far outstripping those of mortal men.

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America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects.

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. 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.

By the stance you take against the universe, it is possible to destroy yourself.

By the stance you take against the universe, it is possible to destroy yourself ned left again down a side ramp and, at the ramp’s end, when a car appeared, he entered the open gap of an express elevator. He jumped out of the moving car at level fifty-one into another wide gallery, but this one showed less activity than the upper chambers and conveyed a deep sense of cushioned stillness even in the activity it did possess

Hellstrom's Hive - Frank Herbert. From Hellstrom’s Hive Manual. The significant evolutionary achievement of the insects, more than a hundred million years ago, was the reproductive neuter.

Hellstrom's Hive - Frank Herbert. This fixed the colony as the unit of natural selection and removed all previous limits on the amount of specialization (expressed as caste differences) that a colony could tolerate.

Words of the brood mother, Trova Hellstrom

This work was originally published under the title PROJECT 40 in Galaxy Magazine. Words of the brood mother, Trova Hellstrom. I welcome the day when I will go into the vats and become one with all of our people. Dated October 26, 1896. THE MAN with the binoculars squirmed forward on his stomach through the sun-warmed brown grass.


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This first thing to know, if you read this book, is that it is helpful--though not necessary--to first watch the film The Hellstrom Chronicle. This is an Oscar winning documentary film made in 1971 about insects, but it borrows the trappings of a horror movie. The film proposes that eventually insects will replace humans as the dominant form of life on earth. It is narrated by fictional entomologist, Dr. Nils Hellstrom (portrayed by actor Lawrence Pressman.)

After the success of the film, Frank Herbert appropriated the character of Nils Hellstrom and constructed an elaborate back-story that forms the basis of the book. Hellstrom is shown not only to be a documentary film-maker, but also the leader of a secret community of humans that have chosen to pattern their society after social insects. They do this believing their choice will eventually be the salvation of the human race, and that the "wild outsider" human society will eventually self destruct. For centuries the Hive has existed in secret, waiting for they day it will inherit the earth.

The plot revolves around a secret government agency that discovers evidence linking Hellstrom to a powerful weapon. Attempting to learn more, the agency sends spies to Hellstrom's farm, ignorant of the human hive that it conceals. Eventually the two groups come into conflict.

In my opinion, this is Herbert's best work outside his Dune novels. He does several interesting things with the story. The Hive can be viewed as a surrogate for any insular group that rejects conventional society. It has various characteristics of a separatist religious group (the Amish for instance, though there is certainly no other similarity between the Amish and the Hive), of a "free love" hippie commune (more popular in 1972 than today), or of a communist "nest" that aroused paranoia in the 1950's. Indeed, the use of genetic and chemical manipulation by the Hive is somewhat akin to the old communist desire to create a "new socialist man." This comparison doesn't hold as much power today with the Cold War far behind us, but with the new paranoia surrounding the possibility of "radical terrorists" living among us, it is telling how the paranoia continues by finding new targets to focus on. And so--far from becoming dated--Hellstrom's Hive is proving to have a timeless relevance.

Another clever thing is the way Herbert sets the Hive in contrast to the Agency. While the Hive has many disgusting and repulsive practices, so too does the Agency--even though it is supposed to represent "the good guys," and "normal humanity." While the Hive is inhuman in many ways, its extreme choices are shown to have a foundation of compassion and concern for its collective members. The Hive is ultimately working toward human survival, even though its means may be disgusting. Meanwhile, the Agency is occupied by ruthless bureaucrats that forcibly draft people into its service and is no better than a mafia dedicated to extortion and thievery. It sacrifices its own members--not to achieve a collective good--but to serve selfish and secret agendas of those higher in the chain of command. The Hive's morality may be starkly alien, but it has a morality, as opposed to the amoral Agency. The result is that you end up rooting for the Hive, despite all its repulsive practices.
Billy Granson Billy Granson
Classical Frank Herbert story.
Haal Haal
Amhirishes Amhirishes
One of my favorites from Herbert.
Anyshoun Anyshoun
This was one of the books I remember getting from a book club years ago. I really couldn't even remember what it was about. Just that I really liked it. After all these years I finally found it again and bought one for my brother, too.
Hulore Hulore
A masterpiece.. as good as Dune
Siramath Siramath
I've read it before. Just as gripping the second time. Herbert is a master of Sci Fi and this speculative story about hive minds applied to human beings is no exception.
Read many many ago and enjoyed it again. It moves quick and has an engaging story. Wish there was a sequel.