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Author Topic: Story about living spaceships?  (Read 7607 times)

sherbang

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on: April 05, 2017, 12:21:15 AM
Can anyone help me remember a story?

It was about living spaceships.  The spaceships were like hollowed-out space whales.  The "space whales" were captured and forced to serve as spaceships.  I think the story revolved around one of them getting free somehow.  I can't remember if it was alone, or with help, but I think there was still a person inside along for the ride.

It was podcasted at least a year ago, but probably a few years ago.

I haven't had much luck searching for it.  If anyone can help me identify it, I want to share it with a friend, I'd appreciate it.



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Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 03:03:33 AM
The first ones that come to mind for me are the Boojum stories over on Drabblecast.

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”


sherbang

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Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 01:44:40 PM
That's the one I was looking for.  Thanks Fenrix!



TRJ

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Reply #3 on: June 17, 2018, 11:30:15 PM
I can't help you with that podcast.  But Anne McCaffrey has a series of novels about living spaceships of a different sort.  The spaceships are actually cyborgs.  The idea is that in the womb babies are identified with severe birth defects, so severe they would die without extensive technological enhancement.  A space agency pays the expense of saving their lives and enclosing them in a life support system.  They are trained to be the brains of a special kind of FTL spaceship called a brainship.  Each brainship has a crew of 2, the brain, which is one of the former students encased in a cylindrical shaped life support system, who is interfaced the spaceship, which she/he senses and controls as his/her body, and the brawn, a graduate of the brawn accademy and selected by the brain, which is the senior partner, to serve as the mobile partner.  The 2 are employees of the space agency and are paid for their services, with the brain payed at a higher rate.  Once the brain has earned enough to pay back for the cost of both the medical treatment and the spaceship itself, the brainship becomes a free ship having no further obligation to the space agency.  "The Ship Who Sang", published in 1969 was the 1st in the series I read.



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Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 01:37:57 AM
The novella Binti also features living starships bred from fish.