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PartnerShip by Anne McCaffrey
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PartnerShip (1992)

by Anne McCaffrey (Author), Margaret Ball (Author)

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Series: Brainships (2), The Brain & Brawn Ships (2)

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This series is an old favourite. The idea of babies who couldn't life getting a place in the world where in fact they were more powerful than most. Nancia is new to service, she comes from a powerful family and she is trying to do the right thing by her training and her family. This is a coming of age story and a lesson to Nancia in her place in the world and her relationship with people.

It's an interesting story, delving occasionally into issues like family relationships and honour; how sometimes even if someone appears to be good or evil they aren't and how sometimes people grow apart.

This isn't my first read of this story, nor will it be my last. This year I've been revisiting Anne McCaffrey because of her death and it's a bittersweet joy to read this. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 8, 2012 |
Newly commissioned Brainship Nancia has a lot to learn about the world, friendship, partnership, and people. The high families passengers she hosts, flying solo on her first mission, are certainly not the ones to emulate - she's sure of that. But will the high moral standards of her new brawn be just as bad?

An old favorite much reread. ( )
  SunnySD | Aug 30, 2011 |
SHIP
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
A non-taxing, good, warm fuzzy read.: The fascinating concept of brainships is wedded with recognition of society's responsibility to maximize the potential of it's members. Nancia's growth from naive newness to flexible adulthood is accompanied by normal emotional trauma. Self awareness, recognition of self worth and valuation of others are wrapped in an entertaining reading experience. Cynical recognition of who you know rather than what you know doesn't detract from the message or the idealistic theme that good works and good will can triumph.
  euang | Sep 1, 2008 |
In keeping with the other titles of the Brainship series, PartnerShip could have been called "The Ship That Overheard." The plot focuses on the moral conundrum of formally and officially revealing information regarding illegal activities obtained from casual eavesdropping. The rotation of point of view between six characters makes identifying with any individual character initially difficult. Unlike other novels in the Brainship series, the reader is thrust into the role of observer. The storyline is issue-driven with the action scenes occurring mostly in the last half of the novel. PartnerShip is a coming-of-age story where ethics are shown to be more varied than black or white, and grey is the hardest, but truest, compass to follow. ( )
  ktoonen | May 18, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
McCaffrey, AnneAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ball, MargaretAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickman, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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    THE SHIP WHO SANG IS NOT ALONE!


Nancia is her name. NX-028 her designation. A brand-new member of the elite Courier Service of he Central Worlds, she's the "brains" within one of hte most advanced interstellar ships around. But Nancia's services will not always be utilized by people of her own high moral integrity. Her innocent vision of human nature shattered on her first voyage, the last thing she needed was a "brawn" partner like Forister; they invented "cynical" to describe him. But idealistic Nancia & worldly-wise Forister together just might save the galaxy ....
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    "DIDJA SEE HOW SHE RIPPED THAT DIVE!"


The neighborhood of the brainship collapsed inward on itself, spiraling down tornado-like to the Singularity point where Central Worlds subspcae could momentarily be defined as intersecting Vega subspace ...
To Nancia, Singularity was how she envisioned the ancient Earth sport called "surfing;" balanced at the non-degrading point where decomposing subspaces met, she recognized and evaluated local paths so quickly that the massive optimization problems blurred together into a sense of skimming over a wave that was always just about to crash beneath her....

The sequence of equations and diminishing subspaces streamed past her in an incessant flow. it was challenge, danger, joy; it was what she had been trained for. She swept over matrices of data and guided them to the ship's processors, choosing and resolving the ever0-changing paths to Singularity with an athlete's single-minded concentration.
The same newsbeam that showed Nancia the sport of "surfing" had also had a section on a diving competition. the clean lines of the divers' movements, the seconds during which they hurtled through the air as though they could give their bodes the lift and freedom of brainships, fascinated Nancia; she'd viewd the beam over a dozen times, marveling at what softpersons would go through for a few seconds of physical freedom.  "Didja see how he ripped that dive!" the newbyter had jabbered after one athlete's performance, then explaining that the term referred to the clean way the diver had entered the water without a single space.
.... Nancia ripped a perfect dive through Singularity and came out into Vega subspace.
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Nancia's innocent vision of human nature is shattered on her first voyage and the last thing she needs is a brawn partner like Forister, but together they might just save the galaxy.

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