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Cover of the first edition
|Cover artist||David K. Stone|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
Hellstrom's Hive (1973) is a science fiction novel written 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.
David L. Wolper's quasi-documentary film The Hellstrom Chronicle, released in 1971, was the inspiration for Herbert's novel. 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. 
- David Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction: An A-Z of Science Fiction Books by Title Scolar Press, 1995 ISBN 1859280714, (p. 170)
- O'Reilly, Timothy. Frank Herbert, Ungar, 1981, ISBN 080442666X (p.146-48).
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