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Partner Ship by Anne McCaffrey

Partner Ship (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Anne McCaffrey

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The first of a series set in the same universe as The Ship Who Sang. Nancia is her name, NX-928 her designation. A brand new member of the elite Courier Service of the Central Worlds, she's the brains within one of the most advanced interstellar ships around.
Title:Partner Ship
Authors:Anne McCaffrey
Info:Book Club (1992), Hardcover
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In McCaffrey's Brainships universe, children who are born with an immobilizing or other severe disability are raised and educated to be the 'brains' that steer Starships. They are also assigned a "Brawn" to be their companion and assist with activities that can only be done by a person with a functional body.
Nancia's first assignment as a ship is to ferry a group of very privileged, mostly evil young people to some sort of exile due to their youthful screw-ups. This is both for punishment, and to keep them from further embarrassing their very prominent families. Since Nancia doesn't let on that she is sentient, she becomes engaged in an ethical dilemma when the group enter into a dangerous and illegal pact.
In addition to fascinating (though mostly unlikable) characters, the issue of Nancia's ethics and responsibility to humanity are what make this book more than your run-of-the-mill space opera. I am so intrigued by this compelling series!! ( )
  EmScape | Oct 31, 2020 |
The characters in this volume are SO unlikeable, I'm not sure I'll finish. I love the premise of the series, and I'm sure I'll try some of the other books, but really. Ick. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
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 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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The first of a series set in the same universe as The Ship Who Sang. Nancia is her name, NX-928 her designation. A brand new member of the elite Courier Service of the Central Worlds, she's the brains within one of the most advanced interstellar ships around.

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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 ....

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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