Hellstrom's Hive

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Hellstrom's Hive
Hellstromshive.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Frank Herbert
Cover artist David K. Stone
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
1973
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 278 pp

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.

Inspiration[edit]

David L. Wolper's quasi-documentary film The Hellstrom Chronicle, released in 1971, was the inspiration for Herbert's novel.[1] In an interview with Tim O'Reilly, Herbert stated: "I said, 'In terms of what we want now, as we think of our world now, what would be the most horrible kind of civilization you could imagine?' And then I said, 'Now I will make... [the members of that civilization] the heroes of the story, by taking negative elements of the surrounding society and treating them as the villain.' That creates a very peculiar kind of tension."[2]

Reception[edit]

David Pringle gave Hellstrom's Hive three stars out of four and called it "a powerful novel".[1]

Awards[edit]

In 1978 Hellstrom's Hive won the Prix Tour-Apollo Award for best science fiction novel published in French.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pringle, David (1995). The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction: An A-Z of Science Fiction Books by Title. Aldershot: Scolar Press. p. 170. ISBN 1859280714. 
  2. ^ O'Reilly, Timothy (1981). Frank Herbert. New York: Frederick Ungar. pp. 146–148. ISBN 080442666X.