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The Green Brain Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1985
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Frank Herbert's most popular works are the well-known Dune books: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, and the extraordinary bestseller God Emperor of Dune.
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in the rain forests of Brazil sometime later in this century.
In the best B-movie tradition, the first part of Herbert's
sophisticated nature/monster revenge tale sustains plot
and character development along a trail of action scenes that
are admirably realized. Unfortunately this pace stalls at the
halfway point (and this is actually a novella rather than a
novel, so the disappointment hits home quite soon!),
and the remainder of the story quite literally floats,
and floats... and floats away to a memorable
but ultimately unsatisfying and abrupt ending.
The Green Brian suffers from its sketchy conception and rushed,
slap-dash execution. This is a shame because the basic idea,
setting, characters and themes had so much potential.
Frank could also have availed us a small glossary
for all those Spanish/South American titles and terms he constantly used here.
Obviously his pot had boiled over in the middle 60's,
with so many projects cooking - not to mention the
incomparable Dune and its still nascent sequel.
Nonetheless,in the hands of a decent film script writer
(or is that an oxymoron?)
an updated and more fully developed version of this story's plot and characters would make a very interesting, intelligent and exciting science fiction movie...
Something rarely ever accomplished. So I suppose we should just
let that idea just...drift away too.
Frank Herbert (1920-86) who will forever be known for "Dune" wrote this gem of a story in 1966 - just as "Dune" was being published in Analog magazine. Credit Herbert with taking one of the most trite, shop worn SF themes and imparting an astonishing level of narrative life into what could of been a forgettable piece of fluff.
An overpopulated world seeks additional lands by transforming jungles to farm and residential acres. An elite corps is formed to eliminate "green" areas of all insects not directly beneficial to man and to go into "red" locations to exterminate the voracious insects that make those areas uninhabitable. I found this idea, even today, a logical extrapolation of current trends. The conflict arises when an "intelligent" mutated insect endeavors to re-infect the "green" in order to notify mankind that victory over insects would result in barren, sterile soil and signal man's demise. The strength of this novel comes from the interaction of three complex, believable characters: Chen-Lhu- the Chinese representative, Rhie his companion and Joao the focus of the novel. The climax is a voyage though "red" territory interspaced with philosophical discourses on the complex relationships between and among the three humans and the efforts of the insect intelligence to detain them.
Aside from Dune Frank Herbert wrote several well receive novels - this is one of them. Portions of this novel first appeared in Amazing Stories in 1965 under the title Greenslaves.