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mogano
April 8th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Hi!Can you recommend me a good science fiction book about collective consciousness - I mean something like non-single mind in a single body?Thanks for help:)

ArthurFrayn
April 8th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Hi!Can you recommend me a good science fiction book about collective consciousness - I mean something like non-single mind in a single body?Thanks for help

To Marry Medusa by Theodore Sturgeon

I give a synopsis here:

http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=389658&highlight=marry+medusa#post389658


Not exactly what you described, but it covers similar terrain:

The Infinite Cage by Keith Laumer

My synopsis here:

http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=443587&highlight=infinite+cage#post443587

intensityxx
April 9th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Accelerando, by Charles Stross has collective consciousness.

RimWorlder
April 9th, 2008, 03:58 PM
The Green Brain by Frank Herbert.

There's an old one for ya.

Wetware
April 9th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Blindsight by Peter Watts

http://www.amazon.com/Blindsight-Peter-Watts/dp/0765319640/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207781214&sr=1-1

Pretty much every type of consciousness is in the book, which is essentially, about consciousness.

Peter Watts is one of the greatest Science Fiction Authors of this century. Another one of the great authors of Sci-fi along with people like Alastair Reynolds, Neal Asher, Richard Morgan, Iaian Banks. Peter Watts (a Canadian) distinguishing attribute, aside from being one of the few non-brits to write good scifi nowadays, is that his focus is a bit more about the hardlined science.

One of the better things about Blindsight was that he listed many books he got his information about Consciousness from, one of these books is a personal favorite called

The User Illusion : Cutting Consciousness Down to Size.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140230122/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

If you are looking for some source material for writing sci-fi involving advances in Ai consciousness or transhumanism etc etc, anything related to consciousness in any way shape or form. Then it's a book well worth reading.

JunkMonkey
April 10th, 2008, 06:55 PM
It might not quite what you are looking for, in that this book concerns a collective mind spread over several bodies, but it's a bloody good book - so I'm going to recommend it anyway:

More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Than_Human (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Than_Human)


EDIT: Which I just noticed ArthurFrayn mentioned in his linked review.

RimWorlder
April 11th, 2008, 07:53 AM
and which I'll second or third the motion. MTH is on my constantly re-read list and, if you haven't discovered Sturgeon yet, this will (hopefully) get you into him.