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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Star Stone (Speicus)  
  An artificial intelligence shaped like a rock, which can communicate with living organisms telepathically.  

Spoiler Alert!! In an odd sort of way, Speicus is one of the major characters of the novel. He finds the most incredible place to hide (I'm not going to give the whole thing away) from the various groups who are seeking him.

It did strike me that the thing seemed like a mass of strangely crystallized protein. What nobody had realized was that it was still living; it was simply dormant, an artificial intelligence, a synthetic being.
Technovelgy from Doorways in the Sand, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Harper Science Fiction in 1976
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This is one of my favorite novels by Roger Zelazny; it really shows off his remarkable characters. Always intelligent, this book is a real pleasure to read.

Compare to the hell-stone from The Star of Dreams (1941) by Jack Williamson.

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