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The Ship Who Sang: Fantasy by [McCaffrey, Anne]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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A novel by the creator of the Dragons of Pern

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Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted into the titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and exhilarating escapades in space.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082B7CVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne McCaffrey, the author of The Ship Who Sang, is a popular science fiction writer. The Ship Who Sang was her first book of her brain series: stories about physically impaired children that were transformed into shells and then wired into spaceships. Just like her other books, The Ship Who Sang is exciting and enticing. I have not read another book that was more compelling than this one, which is due to the emphasized human interaction, great title, unbearable suspense and profound character development. The Ship Who Sang is about Helva, a "brain" ship whose brave and legendary voyages gained her freedom in the short time of ten years. Yet, instead of accepting her independence, Helva remains in the service to be with the man she loved. This ultimate sacrifice is beautifully developed and is probable one of the main driving forces to the book's success. Yet, another important aspect of the book is its relevance to society. Instead of focusing on the supernatural powers of "brain" ships, Anne decides to focus on the human nature of these unusual spaceships. Thus, human ideals are made more powerful and important than the boring, unchanging power of a machine (this is especially refreshing to me since most science fiction novels focus on the unbelievable powers of their world). This allows current issues like euthanasia and cloning to be cleverly inserted and debated upon. Thus, by disobeying the archetypal science fiction book, Anne McCaffrey has introduced a new brand of fiction that combines romance, adventure and science fiction. In any book, the first impression is made by the title. The Ship Who Sang is a good representation of the book. Right away, we know the story is about a singing ship.Read more ›
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This is the first, and the best, of Anne McCaffrey’s Brainship stories. A young woman, Helva was born with terrible physical problems that were incompatible with any kind of independent life. New technology allowed her to be encased in a titanium shell that formed the core of a spaceship, with her brain wired up to the ship, allowing her to use her formidable intellect to act as the craft’s central ‘computer’. She has become the first of the ‘Brainships’ and can now have a freedom and independence of sorts, the freedom to travel between the stars accompanied by the pilot who will be her ‘Brawn’. Helva proves to have a love of music and an incredible voice to go with it; her constant singing leads to her fame as ‘The Ship Who Sang’.
It’s hard to believe this book was written so long ago, it has certainly stood the test of time and is as enjoyable now as it has ever been. McCaffrey has introduced the idea of cyborg technology in a way that makes you question the morality of combining man and machine and to think about issues such as euthanasia. She never loses sight of the humanity of this young ‘hybrid’ however, and Helva’s development and growth as a person makes for moving reading. Granted this isn’t a heavyweight of literature, don’t expect lengthy prose or hard science, and occasionally the book lapses into more of a romance than a sci-fi story, but that aside, this is still a really good read. Keep an open mind and give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
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I first read this book back in the 1970's. 45 years on the book was still as enjoyable as I remembered. If you love Sci Fi Fantasy, Anne McCaffrey is in my opinion one of the best authors ever for this genre. I will re-read the rest of her works now I have been 'hooked' again on her style of writing. Her twist on Sci Fi is unique.
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What more could happen in our future? Children born with fine minds but bodies that are not as with other humans. In the story we learn that such children are not simply got rid of, or kept in seclusion to have everything done for them. In this story, which is one of several that focus on the way forwards for these children to become what is known as brain ships. One such brain is priviledged to choose her own 'brawn' and then accepts assignments from around the worlds that the 'brain element' offering support and guidance to the brawn and those she takes with her. She is known as the title of the book because she does sing on long journeys and some situations.
The book is a cracking good read which will have readers eagerly looking for and buying, the remaining set of books.
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2001:A space odyssey is the closest parallel with this story. It's about a ship controlled by a brain, or rather a female brain. The story focusses on the relationships the brain/ship has with people. The incidents or 'action' are kinda dotted inbetween the relationship/character development. I did like the action parts which did hold suspense but more could have been made of it. At the risk of sounding sexist, the more you get through the book, the more clear it is that the book has been written by a women. I would say the book is more suitable for female readers.

There are more books on "brain ships" written by the author(this being the first). I may read another one just out of curioustiy to see what happens as I do think the idea is good with great potential for sci-fi excellent stories.
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