Hellstrom's Hive

Frank Herbert

Tor Books



Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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First published in Galaxy magazine in 1973 as "Project 40," Frank Herbert's story telling mastery and brilliant view of nature and ecology have never been more evident than in this classic that bridges science fiction, parable, and black ops thriller.

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. 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. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise. As prophetic today as it was in 1973, Hellstrom's Hive is a work of stupendous craft and imagination, as well as a cautionary tale of government paranoia and our modern civilization's inability to co-exist with nature.


Praise for Hellstrom's Hive

"A classic of modern science fiction, Herbert's tale of insects threatening to destroy the Orwellian state that was once America is a vivid and imaginative tale sure to please longtime fans and newcomers alike. Scott Brick's reading is straightforward, but bears a weighty tone that helps to create a stern, almost sedated atmosphere. Once the insects invade, however, Brick never ceases to up the ante and terrify his audience. The characters are rich and wonderfully realized; Dr. Hellstrom himself is exceptionally interpreted. Although written in 1973, Herbert's chilling tale still holds firm and Brick is aware of this. While overacting would have been easy and possibly even acceptable, Brick's understated reading makes this a fantastic experience."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF."—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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Chapter One

Words of the brood mother, Trova Hellstrom. I welcome the day when I will go into the vats and become one with all of our people.

(Dated October 26, 1896.)

The man with the binoculars squirmed forward on his...

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