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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
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Worldweb All Thing  
  Network connects billions of people in real time.  

Again it was in the final hours of an OCS:HTN simulation. By then Kasad had learned that the exercises were something more than mere simulations. The OCS:HTN was part of the Worldweb All Thing, the real-time network which governed Hegemony politics, fed information to tens of billions of data-hungry citizens, and had evolved a form of autonomy and consciousness all its own. More than a hundred and fifty planetary data-spheres mingled their resources within the framework created by six thousand omega-class AIs to allow the OCS:HTN to function.
From Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Published by Doubleday in 1989
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