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An alien lands on Earth and is amazed that this species has come this far with all those separate minds. He decides to unite them and rule them. The hive mind that originates from this successfully conquers the alien.
It was written in the 70's or 80's.

The transformation of the human race is done on a telepathic level and is instantaneous. I remember mankind fights back by cooperating on a astonishing way, a woman even offers her child since it is the perfect fit to obstruct some of the alien machinery.

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This is a good match for The Cosmic Rape, also published as To Marry Medusa, by Theodore Sturgeon, except that this story was published in 1958. You may have known it only from one of the later reprints or from its alternate title.

Medusa is an interstellar hive mind. She intends to absorb Earth (humans) as she has absorbed many other worlds. And while she does succeed in transforming humanity into a hive mind, that mind defeats her.

If that's not the story you were thinking of, its author had probably read The Cosmic Rape.

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    Thanks Gilles, but that is not the one. I do not remember ever having read Sturgeon. The transformation of the human race is done on a telepathic level and is instantaneous. I remember mankind fights back by cooperating on a astonishing way, a woman even offers her child since it is the perfect fit to obstruct some of the alien machinery.
    – Richard
    May 12, 2011 at 15:58
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    @Richard: You should have included those details in your question, and you can edit it even now. However, these details only confirm my answer. Mankind indeed astonishes Medusa by overcooperating, and the detail about the child is 40 minutes after humanity's conversion, in chapter 25.
    – user56
    May 12, 2011 at 19:11
  • In The Cosmic Rape / To Marry Medusa, the part of the hive mind is first absorbed by a drunkard, who ingested it by eating a hamburger. He is the only one not affected by it and is afterwards rewarded by (the now united) humanity, by keeping him perpetually happy, sort of like in the song "Big Rock Candy Mountains".
    – SQB
    Jul 9, 2014 at 6:03

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