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I'm looking for a novel that has a computer (AI) made of earth and plants.

  • It takes place on Earth.
  • I recall the avatar described as seeming to walk in dirt, like Pigpen (from Peanuts).
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    I know it is not "The Stone God Awakens." I read that, as well as the book I am searching for. I read a lot, and sometimes the details about a particular book get confused with others. I am only posting what I am certain of. I am certain it takes place in the near future. The computer is built of natural elements, dirt, plants and insects. The avatar manifests as seeming to walk in a dust cloud. The protagonist encounters it at some point during a public gathering. Later the protagonist finds it.
    – Philip J
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:25

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Is is Philip J.(lol) Farmer's "The Stone God Awakens"?

Per Amazon;

Ulysses Singing Bear is a 20th century scientist that becomes frozen in an "instant of time" as a result of a scientific experiment that goes very wrong. Fast-forward a million years and "somehow" the stone god, as Ulysses has been referred too down through the eons, becomes unfrozen. He finds warring races of intelligent, but technologically primitive beings evolved from cats, raccoons, monkeys, bats, elephants etc, dominating this future. Ulysses pulls off a masterful deception and insures his survival by convincing the natives that his reinvention of military weapons: bows and arrows and gunpowder are manifestations of his "god-like" powers. Eventually he sets out on a journey to find other humans. In order to reach the coast, where he surmised men would dwell, he must transverse The Tree. This massive plant is several miles high, spreads out hundreds of miles and is inhabited by a host of deadly plants, animals and warring clans.

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    Can you explain why you think this might be the answer?
    – Valorum
    Jun 18, 2014 at 15:59
  • Nothing in the Goodreads description has any mentioned similarity to the work in question.
    – phantom42
    Jun 18, 2014 at 16:35
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    Well: 1. It takes place on future Earth. 2. Main antogonist is overgrown conscious tree-computer (AI made of earth and plants) 3. Protagonist walks in dirt. Alot. Link to Goodreaders was taken by random, just to show what book did I mean.
    – user28434
    Jun 18, 2014 at 19:15
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Possibly Slant by Greg Bear?

The antagonist AI is notable by being based on environmental networks (see here).

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