Group mind (science fiction)

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A group mind, hive mind, group ego, mind coalescence, or gestalt intelligence in science fiction is a plot device in which multiple minds, or consciousnesses, are linked into a single, collective consciousness or intelligence.wikipedia
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Last and First Men

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Its use in literature goes back at least as far as Olaf Stapledon's science fiction novel Last and First Men (1930).
The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically linked individuals.

The Midwich Cuckoos

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The Children (they are referred to with a capital C) have two distinct group minds — one for the boys and another for the girls.

Minority Report (film)

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He returns to PreCrime and kidnaps Agatha, shutting down the system, as the Precogs operate as a group mind.

Phalanx (comics)

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They form a hive-mind, linking each member by a telepathy-like system.

Xeelee Sequence

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The series features many other species and civilizations that play a prominent role, including the Squeem (a species of group-mind aquatics), the Qax (beings whose biology is based on the complex interactions of convection cells), and the Silver Ghosts (symbiotic organisms encased in reflective shells).

Brood (comics)

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They use a hive mind to pass memory to their hosts, which also passes an individual's knowledge, given to a broodling, to the hive and back to the queen, meaning newborn brood know what any member of a race knows.

Serpent's Reach

The Hydri stars are home to the alien Majat, an insectoid race with a hive-mind consciousness.

Cell (novel)

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It is clear the phoners have become a hive mind and are developing psychic abilities.

The Light of Other Days

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As the underground movement grows, it utilises a direct neural interface coupled with the unlimited communication provided by the wormhole technology to develop a group mind.

Neal Asher

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It encompasses many classic science fiction tropes including world-ruling artificial intelligences, androids, hive minds and aliens.

Forever Free (novel)

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This requires the consent of the posthuman group mind now known as 'Man', and of the alien group mind Tauran race.


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There is not always a clear cut dividing line: some Star Trek Borg drones such as Seven of Nine have been forcibly split from the collective.
The Borg are cybernetic organisms, linked in a hive mind called "the Collective".

Vacuum Flowers

Together they form an uneasy alliance with The Comprise, the hive mind which rules Earth, and encounter Dysonworlders, who live on genetically engineered artificial comets (Dyson trees).

The Dark Nest trilogy

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The Jedi find that their old friend Raynar Thul, who had been presumed dead after the events of Star by Star, had come upon the Killik and been absorbed into their hive mind as a "Joiner".


The Gravemind is a parasitic, hive mind intelligence in the Halo universe.

Slither (2006 film)

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Those infected by the larvae become part of a hive mind controlled by Grant, who intends to consume all lifeforms until only his consciousness remains.

The Plague (2006 film)

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Things get even worse when the adults realize the children have a sort of collective brain—what one learns, they all learn.

The Swarm (Schätzing novel)

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They discover that the yrr are single-cell organisms that operate in groups (swarms), controlled by a single hive-mind that may have existed for hundreds of millions of years.


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The concept of the group or hive mind is an intelligent version of real-life superorganisms such as an ant colony or beehive.

Rutan (Doctor Who)

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The Rutan observed in Horror of Fang Rock spoke with a harsh, tinny male voice, and also used the pronouns "we" and "us" when referring to itself, suggesting that the species may exist as a kind of hive mind.

A Fire Upon the Deep

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The ship lands on a distant planet with a medieval-level civilization of dog-like creatures, dubbed "Tines", who live in packs as group minds.

Ender's Game (novel series)

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The Formic species consists of hive-minded colonies directed by queens.

Ben 10: Alien Swarm

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While Max is away, Gwen and Kevin hack into the computer files relating to Victor Validus and discover a video of Max interrogating Victor, in which Victor insists that "the Hive", the hive mind intelligence behind the chips, is coming to take over the planet, the chips being revealed to be able to possess people.

Dead Space (video game)

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Dr. Kyne, one of the last survivors of the Ishimura, later contacts Isaac, urging him to return the Marker to Aegis VII, believing that it can restrain the "Hive Mind", a creature that controls the Necromorphs.

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

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Mindworms can eventually be captured and bred in captivity and used as terroristic bioweapons, and the player eventually discovers that the fungus and mindworms can think collectively.