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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Want to Contribute an Item? I still think The Dosadi Experiment is his best non Dune novel but this one is not that far behind.

As always when reading things which bellstrom a little older it is interesting to see through the lens of the past, I find particularly with SF as the contrast is so much clearer and it so much easier to separate the forward thinking concepts from the morality or views or mores of the day. For he knows, deep down inside, that his charisma and intelligence, his very character, that allowed him to defeat the hostile forces, is what will eventually make him obsolete in his own Hive.

Procreative Stump by Frank Herbert from Hellstrom’s Hive

Despite an ending that could have been better I enjoyed Hellstrom’s Hive a lot the second time around. If the race for food is to be the deciding conflict, let no one say it came without this warning. Jun 12, Carlex rated it really liked it. However, every aspect of the novel is fully realized; the correspondence with modern green movements is eerie. 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.


The book is still smart, eloquent and very well written. I loved them both. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Hellstrom’s Hive, by Frank Herbert

Procreative Stump-related news articles: And as the insect population grows, each individual naturally needs more. Seems like some editing could have been used here. In essence, they’re a group trying to model their society on what they see as the most successful type of organisms on earth: In hellstdom it reminds me of Thomas M.

I ha As a teenager, SF stories were my favorite. They genuinely find the Hive a safe and caring place. By the time they do get an agent inside, the weapon is operational To see what your friends thought hsllstrom this book, please sign up.

Hellstroms Hive

It’s a particularly cynical and bleak ending. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. There will be spoilers in this review, if only because they show up early in the novel, and it would be impossible to tell you anything about the plot without spoiling a few surprises. A ultra secretive governmental agency intercepts schematics for some incredibly potent weapons system, and links them to a known insect specialist and film maker Nils Hellstrom.

While they’re not yet hibe genetically distinct from the ‘wild’ humans outside the colony, they appropriately don’t mix well. If you can forgive Herbert the ending, I think it is well worth the read.

What’s intriguing about Herbert’s take on all this is that he uses this as an opportunity to reflect on human societies, utopias and dystopias. Jul 20, Lyn rated it really liked it. It reaches a “stopping point” — a sort of logical lull in the action — and then just stops. I think that the core plot and ideas could easily be compressed into pages and would make for an excellent short story.


Thus, with our lesson from the insect, comes a clear warning. I own all six books in the Dune saga, and I more or less consider them an epic Science Fiction masterpiece. Turns out, it is quite good.

One of the biggest problems of the original ‘Dune’ is that the Harkonnens are little more than pantomime villains. Hellstrom, a kind of entrepreneur with If you are a big Frank Herbert fan like me, pick it up.

Val’s Random Comments: Hellstrom’s Hive – Frank Herbert

Hellstrom is the leader of a secret community which has modeled itself after insect populations. Character development is negligible in this genre anyway. In fact, they’re so concerned with controlled breeding and maintaining important genetic stocks, they do some pretty scary things Unfortunately in this book Frank Herbert used that skill in what I guess is an attempt to gain a larger public, trying to write a regular spy thriller for the 50’s wit I listened to this book as an audio book.

I think that one is a bit harder to get into than some of his other novels.