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Society of the Mind

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A chilling cyberthriller about a brilliant--and beautiful-- psychologist trapped in a web of futuristic terror.When Dr. Laura Aldridge, a young Harvard psychology professor, is offered one million dollars by billionaire computer-genius and inventor Joseph Gray to assist on a mysterious project, she leaves her comfortable existence to live on his beautiful island in the Sou ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published May 7th 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1996)
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Philip Hanson
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I can't say how much of that love is from memory association and how much is from the literary quality but I was glued to this book and have intense fondness for it. When I was a late teenager I got into some trouble while out of town and got stuck in Phoenix, AZ while waiting for the judge to throw the book at me ;) . I live in WA. It was the longest July of my life. I discovered the Science fiction genre through this book. I loved the characters, their relationship to the tec ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Shutdown van Eric L. Harry, de bestseller auteur van World War III, ISB Nummer 90-229-8365-X
Dit is de Nederlandse uitgave van Aeropagus. Ik kon de Nederlandse uitgave niet op Goodreads vinden, dus heb ik maar de Engelse uitgave genomen.

Als ik me goed herinner heb ik dit boek ook gekocht de eerste keer dat deze werd uitgegeven. Dat zal dan rond 1996 geweest moeten zijn. Deze uitgave geeft geen informatie wat betreft de druk en jaar van uitgave.

Ik heb dit boek bewaard
Brandy B
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tech
I either read this book when I was in high school or my freshman year of college. I read it really, really quickly. I couldn't put it down. I kept thinking of the implications of the book and how you would expand on that. I went right out and bought Arc Light which was more militaristic and not my thing at all. But Society of the Mind really stuck with me. I looked up the author and his email address was on his publisher's profile (early days of the internet). I emailed the author (assuming it w ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I probably should finish reading this so I can return it to the pastor that lent it to me. Progress is made difficult by the misconstrued understanding of technology and how people will interact with it. I like the concept of the story being set around the romance of a scientist with a potentially bond-esque villain. I recall having difficulties with how erratic the heroine's emotions were, but experiencing falling in love myself since last looking at the book, I'll potentially relate to her mor ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Found the female lead quite shrill and hard to empathize with, but the concepts raised were interesting and believably presented.
Joshua Hill
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is an entirely different read than it was when it first came out back in 1996, it still remains one of my favorite books. During a recent reread, I was struck by the obviousness of some of the tech described as cutting-edge therein - but to call that a fault of the writing would be akin to labeling Jules Verne a plagiaristic hack. It was ahead of its time, and it still is in a few ways...

A Harvard psychology professor, frustrated by the departmental glass ceiling and her c
Ioana-Roxana Dascalu
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book of all time on AI! The only thing I didn't like is the characterization of Laura. She shouldn't have been portrayed as a crazy high school girl with a crush for a super rich guy, but what she was described initially to be - a highly intellectual academic, the best in her cohort, at Harvard University.
Christopher McConnell
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last 15 pages really did it for me
Khayri Woulfe
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book although I found the third act anticlimactic.
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a very interesting book...I was engaged from the start. With a story premise like this, how could I not be? Yet, this is not an especially good book. I was about a fourth of the way through when I realized I was annoyed frequently. It took me a bit to put my finger on exactly what was causing this low-level exasperation. Then I had it: Laura. The main character. I hate her. Considering this is the character so pivotal to the whole story, such a central person with whom all others intera ...more
M Nyberg
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Even though it was written in the 90s, the premise was still relevant. Really enoyed this book.
Dave Drogowski
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I still picture the people and places of this story with the wonder that I held when I first read them. This book first gave me the sci-fi bug.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Personal childhood favorite !!
Robin Gray
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Robots are sexy. Mmm.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A personal childhood favorite.
Aileen Nelson
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book that has stayed with me over many years.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
it a good sic fi book I really enjoyed reading. i read it for class.
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Raised in a small town in Mississippi, Eric L. Harry graduated from the Marine Military Academy in Texas and studied Russian and Economics at Vanderbilt University, where he also earned a J.D. and M.B.A. In addition, he studied in Moscow and Leningrad in the USSR, and at the University of Virginia Law School. He began his legal career in private practice in Houston, negotiated complex multinationa ...more