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The Green Brain, Frank Herbert's 1966 book is credited with being one of the first eco-conscious sf novels. In an overpopulated future earth the contrarily-named International Ecological Organization has to clear the jungle and exterminate the vicious insect life of the Mato Grosso for living space. The insects rebel against the hi-tech destruction rained on them, which has the power to ruin life for the whole planet. Under intense selection pressure the insects are forced to evolve, forming a new intelligent life-form with a consciousness of its own, able to hunt even as it is hunted. There are huge mutants, some of them mere insects, but some more man than insect. Fairly simple in style, not vintage Herbert, but an exploratory work which tackles themes that re-appear in his more powerful 'The Dosadi Experiment'. Hopefully both of these works will be re-issued soon.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Romance    -   Yes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   weapon    -   method of transportation    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena    -   state secrets Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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