Destination Void by Frank Herbert
Series: The Pandora Sequence, The Prequel.
Approx. 77,410 words.
Published on June 12, 2011 by
The starship Earthling, carrying thousands of hybernating colonists to a new world, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three Organic Mental Cores (disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions) go insane. A skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: create an artificial consciousness which could guide them to their destination or destroy them.