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December 7th, 2009
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SF about owning people's minds
This description of a science fiction course at Harvard mentions a story about a complete sort of slavery-- owning people's minds. Offhand, I can't think of what story this might be. Any ideas?

Link thanks to madfilkentist.

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Date:December 7th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Well, wasn't that what Neo was rebelling against in The Matrix? The control of humans' minds by the machines? Plus any number of horror movies talk of possession. By demons, etc.
Date:December 7th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
The question seems to be about written sf rather than visual sf.
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Date:December 7th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe something from the transhumanism school of sci-fi.
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Date:December 7th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Didn't the Blight do that in A Fire Upon the Deep? And, to some extent, the Emergency's use of Focus in A Deepness in the Sky?
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Date:December 7th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
The exact quote was “What if one person could actually own another’s mind, in a new and more complete form of slavery?”

A Deepness in the Sky might do it, but I was imagining something more like chattel slavery of minds.
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Date:December 7th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
For starters, any story in which AIs are property rather than legal persons.
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Date:December 7th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
The syllabus for the summer-school version of the course (with artifacts indicating that it's the same as the current version of same) is here.
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Date:December 8th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Maybe Maureen McHugh's Necropolis?
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Date:December 8th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Heinlein's The Puppet Masters was the first one that came to my mind.
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Date:December 8th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Almost any story about possession (of the demonic sort, or equivalent) might work there. For example, the segment in Lord of Light where Sam is possessed by the Rakasha, especially the bits where he's conscious.

Edited at 2009-12-08 12:58 pm (UTC)
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