group mind n.

a collective intelligence composed of individual intelligences combined into a larger whole; hive mind n.

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1930 W. O. Stapledon Last & First Men viii. 168 page image Olaf Stapledon

    The Martians, it should be noted, had three possible forms, or formations, namely: first, an ‘open order’ of independent and very tenuous cloudlets in ‘telepathic’ communication, and often in strict unity as a group mind; second, a more concentrated and less vulnerable corporate cloud; and third, an extremely concentrated and formidable cloud-jelly.

  • 1946 A. C. Clarke in Astounding Science Fiction May 53/2 Arthur C. Clarke

    Long ago, Alarkane had written a book trying to prove that eventually all intelligent races would sacrifice individual consciousness and that one day only group-minds would remain in the Universe.

  • 1982 I. Asimov Foundation's Edge 302 Isaac Asimov

    And, I take it, the group mind, so to speak, of the group consciousness is much stronger than an individual mind, just as a muscle is much stronger than an individual muscle cell.

  • 1986 C. Sheffield Nimrod Hunt xxix. 367 Charles Sheffield

    Chan was within the Bahram group mind; but this time, for the first time, he retained some elements of individual consciousness.

  • 1990 J. M. Ford Fugue State 114

    For the innocent in our torture chamber, the experience is one of confusion and injustice. For the stoic, it is a mere distraction from his contemplations. The revolutionary finds a means to an end, the sadomasochist pleasure, the spy the price of doing business, the double-agent a sense of getting the job done. The same limbs are twisted in the same ways, but the experiences being fed to the collective are all different. And what is modifying the inputs to the collective but the collective itself, through those extensions of itself resident in the access units? The group mind is reinforcing itself, memory telling mind what to remember.

  • 1990 Thrust Winter 6/3

    When they join together in an eightfold group-mind, a higher consciousness submerges their individual identities.

  • 1993 G. Bear Moving Mars 122 Greg Bear

    So what happens if the entire Earth links up and we deal with a group mind? Why should that increase their need for resources?

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return xxxii. 244 William Shatner

    He was not inclined to encourage it to change its groupmind.

  • 1999 J. Haldeman Forever Free 88 Joe Haldeman

    But their group mind hooked up with the Tauran group mind, and the Taurans said absolutely no. It was too dangerous—not to us, but to them.

  • 2001 Locus June 25/2

    The back story informs us that…the obsessively tidy group-mind lifeforms known as Auditors…began to meddle in human affairs.

  • 2001 W. Spencer Alien Taste x. 303

    They held me for four hours, Ukiah, and not once did any of them give a glimmer of having a soul. You saw how they were, human-shaped appendages for Hex, a group mind working as one spread-out body. They don’t have names anymore. The one or two we've managed to capture understood the concept, but refused to apply it to themselves.


Research requirements

antedating 1931

Earliest cite

Olaf Stapledon, "Last and First Men"

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Arthur C. Clarke's "Rescue Party". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation's Edge"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1982 first edition. Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Joe Haldeman's "Forever Free". Douglas Winston submitted a 1990 cite from John M. Ford's "Fugue State"; there is a shorter 1987 version of this story. Ralf Brown submitted a cite from Greg Bear's "Moving Mars"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1993 first edition. Douglas Winston submitted a 1986 cite from Charles Sheffield's "The Nimrod Hunt". Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from Wen Spencer's "Alien Taste". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1931 reprint of Olaf Stapledon's 1930 "Last and First Men".

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