I sat down with a copy of Frank Herbert’s Hellstrom’s Hive this morning, and I immediately identified the following:
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)
I immediately thought of Sheng-ji Yang from Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri:
It is every citizen’s final duty to go into the tanks and become one with all the people.
Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, Ethics for Tomorrow
It immediately became clear, the ways in which SMAC’s creators were fans of Frank Herbert. Some of the signs were obvious from the beginning: the xenofungus especially brings to mind the ‘Jaspers’ from The Santaroga Barrier and the kelp from The Jesus Incident; the Human Hive is clearly inspired by Hellstrom’s.
The subtle influences are only now crystallizing in my mind.
TGGP, you really must acquire SMAC.