"...if you want to know what your future looks like, don't waste your time on Analog; read Time magazine. We are already saturated in the future. "
The inhabitants of the Hive seldom venture above ground in the daylight; some are poorly equipped to encounter other humans. But night is a good time to sweep the grounds near the entrance for food - and for intruders.
The weapons that Herbert provides the Hive members serve to build the sense of strange, alien creatures who - in going above ground - are entering a realm that is strange to them.
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