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Looking for the title of a sci-fi book with a character who is a girl that was manipulated genetically or technologically to be able to communicate with an alien species from Jupiter. Her intestines were replaced by the communications device, which was later removed by a doctor who thought it was a kind of parasite. Somewhere along the book, she is addicted to a drug and lives in the ventilation shaft of a spaceship, or maybe just a ship. The contact with the aliens ends up being made by a cyborg man in a dirigible. edit During her infancy/teen years the girl used to like a lake designed as a mandelbrot fractal.

  • The mandelbrot fractal lake is in a late book by Arthur Clarke. I'm unable to check at this time but it might be one of the dire 2001 sequels or the one about an asteroid on collision course with Earth. – Organic Marble Jan 19 '18 at 6:10
  • thanks, the themes do sound a lot like something from Clarke – Ormazd Jan 19 '18 at 22:21
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Although it doesn't match everything you mentioned, any chance you a confusing it with The Anvil of Jove by Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund which you might have read about on this site in the linked answer?

It has:

  • a genetically manipulated girl
  • alien species on Jupiter
  • a brain-in-a-box genetically manipulated individual (i.e. cyborg)
  • the brain-in-a-box makes contact after descending into the Jovian atmosphere in a dirigible-like vehicle.

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  • read a bit of the anvil of jove, and it does not match, but thanks. – Ormazd Jul 10 '17 at 23:03

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