I recall reading a sci-fi novel some years ago. The story goes like this: science has discovered a way to track a dead person's consciousness through some quantum mechanics trickery. Meanwhile the Catholic Church has split into factions where one is led by a purple Pope. Does anyone know what book this was?

  • Could it The Lucifer Code by Michael Cordy as seen in scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/99577/…? It too has quantum computers to talk to dead people and the answer speaks of "a Red Pope and a White Pope".
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 17:31
  • Or if that's not it, Greg Bear's Heads features a way to read minds of dead people. And much religion. No coloured pope though.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 17:33

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Following on from my comment above, someone else posted an answer here that sounds like a match, The Lucifer Code by Michael Cordy.

Front cover of The Lucifer Code

What happens to us when we die?

Oblivion. Or so believes Dr Miles Fleming, a brilliant, young neuroscientist who has developed a device capable of reading human brainwaves. But when his own brother contacts him after being certified dead for six whole minutes, Fleming wonders if he's got it all wrong.

His search for the truth uncovers a terrifying religious conspiracy to stage the most ambitious experiment the world has ever seen - to prove beyond doubt the existence of a heaven or a hell. As the world awaits the final judgement, Fleming must confront his own demons to save not only his own soul but that of all humanity.

It doesn't have a purple Pope, but it does have a Red Pope.

  • It's the Michael Cordy book I was thinking of! Thanks! Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 17:51
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    :) If so, please click the green checkmark under the voting buttons to accept.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 18:28

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