Trying to identify a story about the population of the earth suddenly developing telepathy. I don't remember much about this story.

  • Suddenly everyone on earth wakes up one morning and can read each other's minds.
  • Chaos ensues as suddenly we can tell who is lying or whatnot.
  • Eventually humans adapt and a new society emerges from the ashes of the old.
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    I can only imagine that 5 minutes after this happened, every relationship in the world would end abruptly in murder :-) – Valorum Apr 27 '16 at 19:01
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    Sounds like the punishment inflicted on the Belcerebon people of Kakrafoon in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: cantbeatfun.com/Mars/hgttg2.htm#Ref50 – barrycarter May 5 '16 at 21:49
  • It was a great read because it examined how relationships would change there may have been stable before, and then how humans evolve to handle the situation. – Brill Pappin May 6 '16 at 13:11

There is one possibility. This may not be the right book, but certain elements do come close.

The Cosmic Rape (August 1958 Galaxy as "To Marry Medusa"; exp 1958; vt To Marry Medusa 1987) a Hive Mind from the stars invades mankind but finds itself – to its ultimate betterment – catalysing Homo sapiens as a racial entity into one Transcendent gestalt: the sense of homecoming generated by the final pages of this short book is deeply touching.

I only read the shorter version in Galaxy, perhaps there might have been more detail in the expanded novel version. What I do remember is that everybody could read everybody else's minds as they came together in the newly created human-alien hive mind.

Hope it helps. This has been a real challenge to find a book that comes close.

  • That doesn't sound like the right title, but I'll look it up and see if it rings a bell. Worst case, I've found something else interesting to read :) – Brill Pappin Sep 26 '16 at 14:40
  • @BrillPappin My guess is that it's not the right one, but some of it comes close. Finding anything remotely like it has been difficult. I wish you luck if you find and if you do please post the answer here. It would be nice to know what the right book was. – a4android Sep 27 '16 at 4:29
  • Absolutely, I suspect it was a more recently published :) – Brill Pappin Sep 27 '16 at 16:12

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