In the Termite Queen, author Lorinda Taylor takes the reader 1000 years into the future where planet Earth is radically changed by wars, pollution, revolutions, political upheavals, dark ages, and technology. Despite all, human society remains resilent and progressive. Humans remain human, with all their foibles and insecurities, striving for knowledge and understanding, having an abiding need for love.
In this future world, interstellar travel has brought humans in touch with intelligent life forms from other earth-like planets. Xenobiology, the study of extra-terrestrial life, has become a major branch of science. An expedtion has brought home a specimen of a giant termite-like organism from a distant planet. Our heroine, assistant professor of linguistics, Kaitrin, studies the creature and based on its recordings, believes it to possess consciousness and symbolic language.
In a whirlwind of activity, she grapples with breaking the language code of the termites. Meanwhile preparations are made for a return trip to the termite planet and a stormy affair develops between Kaitrin and expedition leader, Griffin. As the humans mount their return expedition, the termite planet is wracked with its own religio-political intrigues..... The inquisitive mind will find this an irresistible and intoxicating tale.