Hellstrom's Hive

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Hellstrom's Hive
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
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.


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]


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


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


  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.