Rogue Queenby L. Sprague de Camp
Part of the Viagens Interplanetarias series, the story takes place on a planet circling the star Lalande 21185, also known as Ormazd. When humans arrive on the planet they
Rogue Queen is a ground-breaking novel by L. Sprague de Camp that was one of the first science fiction books to deal with sexual themes, paving the way for more daring works by future authors. ***
Part of the Viagens Interplanetarias series, the story takes place on a planet circling the star Lalande 21185, also known as Ormazd. When humans arrive on the planet they find a hive-like society with a hyper-fertile queen being serviced by male drones. ***
All the other females of the species are infertile, or so it is believed. However, when one of the worker females rebels she discovers that the workers infertility is largely a result of the diet they follow.
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In all, a decent book, rather more like a novella in length. But, the hype over it being such a ground breaking venture on sex in SF just seems silly and overblown. Of course, reading it half a century after it came out is a vastly different experience than if I had read it in the '50's. The discourse on sex seems so tame by today's standards. The story starts out rather dull and somewhat slow. Told from the point of view of the aliens was a little different, and even though it was somewhat annoying at times it was still interesting. Once the blackmail hit things picked up nicely and progressed at a pretty quick pace. Overall, well written. I just don't think it lived up to the hype, which is probably simply just an artifact of a different era. The eBook was formatted well with only one noticeable spelling error.