Frank Herbert is most well-known for his Dune series, but that would be a bit too. . . spicy. . . for the time we have in this course. Here is one of his lesser-known short stories instead.
Originally publication: “Seed Stock”© Analog, Apr 1970
Minowitz, Peter. “Chapter 7: Prince versus Prophet: Machiavellianism in Frank Herbert’s Dune Epic” in Hassler, Donald M., and Clyde Wilcox. Political Science Fiction. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1997. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).
Parkerson, Ronny W. “Semantics, General Semantics, And Ecology In Frank Herbert’s Dune.” ETC: A Review Of General Semantics 55.3 (1998): 317-328. Academic Search Premier.
1981 book about Frank Herbert: http://www.oreilly.com/tim/herbert/intro.html