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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If the race for food is to be the deciding conflict, let no one say it came without this warning. Hjve may also be seen as an allegory about communism.

Email required Address never made public. Hellstrom himself has the bizarre charisma of a cult leader, for which he is mistaken several times.

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. It was something of an influence of SW, but a much bigger one — Lucas kept the books handy during production and used their terminology in the draft scripts — was the Lensman series.

It may be unsatisfying, but it also forces the reader to decide what sort of ending he would prefer, and what that reflects of his worldview and his attitude towards the invisible social laws and forces of human life.

What would happen if mankind structured itself as an insect hive, or more generally, if individualism takes the backseat and the common welfare is placed above the interests yellstrom the individual. Frank Herbert 11 Comments. An entertaining novel about genetics and social experiments, so the novel is also a bit spec Three and half stars.

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Hellstrom’s Hive

Prix Tour-Apollo Award Explores interesting themes such as human evolution and the concept of a Human Hive and – ‘wild humans’ lol. A fan of Dune will recall that the Bene Gesserit were particularly adept at arranged breeding patterns and the Bene Tleilaxu have a hive mentality, de-emphasizing individualism. We get to know a handful of agents, and in only a few pages sometimes a few sentencesHerbert digs deeps into their personas to flesh them out into full developed characters with hopes and fears.


But I read them in my very early teens, and don’t remember much of them.

Hellstrom’s Hive by Frank Herbert

jive Hopefully, the rest are better than this. For the early 70’s, this was an exceptionally farsighted view. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

However, just when the balance of sympathy is swinging towards Dr. Dune is my yard stick by which I use to measure greatness of other SF novels. When the insect reaches the limits of his capability, he miraculously transforms into an entirely new being. In any case, after reading this I got the distinct and prickling feeling that Herbert was trying to go the way of L. An entertaining novel about genetics and social experiments, so the novel is also a bit speculative.

But to be fair, Hellstrom’s Hive, even though it has been described as “right at the lowest point of [Herbert’s] form and it shows”is still pretty good, notwithstanding the anachronisms to be expected of most sci-fi written during the cold war.

For example, there is room for hivd merit in the Hive; exceptional persons are given “leader foods” their nutrition science is very advanced he,lstrom 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 society because he’s part of the front the group maintains to keep themselves secret from the Outside.

Overall I am hellstro, I have not heard more about this book as it is an interesting commentary. This leads to another of their button-pushing habits: Another thing, no chapters or parts, so there isn’t a good hwllstrom to helltrom off if you are interested in taking a break, but there is definitely action, hellstrmo, and biology, and all that.

I ha As a teenager, SF stories were my favorite. But they want to add human intelligence to the mix. A unique, fun read, with plenty of tension, a fair amount of action, some creepy horror, an exciting climax, and an ending that invites a sequel.

I rather enjoyed the twist ending, pretty bleak – rather fooled me given the direction of the third act. The presence of human characters in the book forces the reader to confront not just the philosophical implications of the idea being discussed, but also to evaluate our gut reactions and to consider tangible consequences of ideology. Aug 21, Thomas rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Seeing other people’s high regard for Dune, I feel that I owe the books a revisit with the maturity and wisdom of age.


Return to Book Page. Quotes from Hellstrom’s Hive. He was the father of hiive author Brian Herbert. I was hooked early on and intrigued by how Herbert gets away with some slightly unconventional writing – no chapters but section breaks, and POV shifts hjve delve into head-hopping, bordering on overwriting – but it works.

How inefficient we are, how selfish and hurtful we are, and how all our hang ups make our society unstable. Three and half stars.

The agents never experience a positive emotion, they are all driven by anger, hellstro, jealousy, and hatred, and they betray and undermine each other at every opportunity. Something very strange is going on in a rural valley in the Pacific Northwest.

Readers of Herbert’s ‘Dune’ series will be familiar with his technique of using quotations from fictional in-world reference works to create an added sense of depth and lived-in history to his world building, but tying his text so closely to a real world documentary brings the world of ‘Hellstrom’s Hive’ closer to our reality. The workers know their place and what to do, and they do it, knowing the Hive comes first. Ron Hubbard and start something, or the way of C.

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Hellstrom’s Hive is a good classic No, Dune was not the first SF novel to have a galactic empire: The only thing about this book is the ending is kinda weak. Being the A-R guy I am, I read his first couple books in published order. A[n unnamed] secret government agency gets word of a powerful project that may be a weapon However, there are examples of works of fiction that constructively take older works and recontextualise hvie of their elements in a way that the original creator would never have imagined.