History Literature / TheShipWho

25th Aug '17 12:47:28 AM PaulA
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* EverybodyLives: Brainship Tia and her Brawn Alex investigate a sudden loss of communication with an archaeological expedition to find the personnel reduced to an animal-like mental condition, cause unknown. They are forced to trap and confine the victims in order to transport them to help, which is more than a little distressing. But fortunately their condition proves to be reversible.
** Although it's slight averted in that [[spoiler:one of the survivors dies in transit due to a combination of panic and a bad reaction to the anesthetic. Tia has to keep Alex from rushing in to help because the only way he could do it was without a suit]].
24th Aug '17 11:28:23 AM FuzzyBoots
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** Although it's slight averted in that [[spoiler:one of the survivors dies in transit due to a combination of panic and a bad reaction to the anesthetic. Tia has to keep Alex from rushing in to help because the only way he could do it was without a suit]].
23rd Aug '17 11:13:21 PM PaulA
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* TheBartender: ''The Ship Who Searched'' has a scene where the male lead pours out his woes to a bartender and receives some good advice -- along with a LampshadeHanging, as it's revealed that a lot of bartenders in this setting have received formal training in psychological and relationship counseling because of how often they're in scenes like this.



* CustomUniform: In ''The Ship Who Searched'', Chria Chance wears an identical uniform to everyone else in the Academy -- except it's personally tailored and made of genuine animal leather. It's implied that she's allowed to get away with it for the same reason they ignore her patently fake name; she's almost certainly a BlackSheep daughter of a High Family who wants to make her own way.



* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: The social worker assigned to the orphan Joat in ''The City Who Fought''.

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* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: The social worker assigned to the orphan Joat in ''The City Who Fought''.Fought'' proves to be an outright bigot, and denies Simeon's application to adopt Joat on the grounds that "a shellperson can't possibly raise a child," apparently in complete ignorance of the Federation's anti-discrimination laws.



* FantasticDrug: In "The Ship Who Dissembled", the hijacked ships are carrying tightly-controlled drugs that have important medical uses but also other less reputable applications.

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* FantasticDrug: FantasticDrug:
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In "The Ship Who Dissembled", the hijacked ships are carrying tightly-controlled drugs that have important medical uses but also other less reputable applications.applications.
** ''[=PartnerShip=]'' has several designer drugs, including Blissto and Seductron.



* NoConservationOfEnergy: Played with in ''The Ship Who Won''.

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* NoConservationOfEnergy: Played with in ''The Ship Who Won''. [[spoiler:A brainship finds a world where magic actually works, complete with all the standard no conservation of energy tropes. Then they discover that there's actually a huge generator complex powering all this, which the magicians have completely wrecked by using it for stupid things like fireballs and levitation.]]



* NumberedHomeworld: In "Dramatic Mission", the homeworld of the methane-breathing StarfishAliens is Beta Corvi IV.



* SamusIsAGirl: In ''The City Who Fought'', Simeon is surprised to learn that the street urchin Joat is a girl.
* SandWorm: In ''The City Who Fought'', Simeon's computer systems are attacked by a "worm" program, which manifests in cyberspace as a literal worm, two metres thick with rows of rotating concentric teeth -- apparently based on a real creature.
* SapientShip



* ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge: In ''[=PartnerShip=]'', the five {{Royal Brats}} that [[LivingShip Nancia]] ferried to their [[ReassignedToAntarctica remote postings in the Nyota system]] are all planning to use their positions for various kinds of corrupt practices (they even have a bet going; the one who makes the most shady money in five years gets a cut of the others' operations). However, Nancia can't tell anyone about it because she got the information by refusing to introduce herself and letting them think they were aboard a mindless drone, which is considered tantamount to spying.

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* ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge: In ''[=PartnerShip=]'', the five {{Royal Brats}} Brat}}s that [[LivingShip Nancia]] ferried to their [[ReassignedToAntarctica remote postings in the Nyota system]] are all planning to use their positions for various kinds of corrupt practices (they even have a bet going; the one who makes the most shady money in five years gets a cut of the others' operations). However, Nancia can't tell anyone about it because she got the information by refusing to introduce herself and letting them think they were aboard a mindless drone, which is considered tantamount to spying.
23rd Aug '17 10:09:21 PM PaulA
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[=McCaffrey=] also wrote two more short stories in the "ship who sang" sequence after long gaps ("Honeymoon", 1977, and "The Ship That Returned", 1999), and "brainships" have made occasional cameos in her other science fiction series, including the ''Crystal Singer'' series.

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[=McCaffrey=] also wrote two more short stories in the "ship who sang" sequence after long gaps ("Honeymoon", 1977, and "The Ship That Returned", 1999), and "brainships" have made occasional cameos in her other science fiction series, including the ''Crystal Singer'' ''Literature/CrystalSinger'' series.
30th Mar '17 5:36:25 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* DeathSeeker: Kira, Helva's brawn in "The Ship Who Killed", is this due to the death of her husband...causing Helva enormous panic when they unknowingly wind up on a planet where the religion is such that ''everyone'' is one of these.

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* DeathSeeker: Kira, Helva's brawn in "The Ship Who Killed", is this due to the death of her husband... causing Helva enormous panic when they unknowingly wind up on a planet where the religion is such that ''everyone'' is one of these.
30th Dec '16 10:39:02 PM PaulA
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* LongLived: Several characters in ''The Ship Who Sang'' are casually mentioned to be over a hundred years old and still in their productive years, including Theoda in "The Ship Who Mourned" and Nia in "Dramatic Mission", with the possible implication that a longer lifespan is the norm. Shellpeople are explicitly stated to have a life span of centuries.

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* LongLived: LongLived:
** Shellpeople are explicitly stated to have a life span of centuries.
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Several other characters in ''The Ship Who Sang'' are casually mentioned to be over a hundred years old and still in their productive years, including Theoda in "The Ship Who Mourned" and Nia in "Dramatic Mission", with the possible implication that a longer lifespan is the norm. Shellpeople are explicitly stated to have a life span of centuries.norm.
30th Dec '16 10:06:41 AM Freezer
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* LongLived: Several characters in ''The Ship Who Sang'' are casually mentioned to be over a hundred years old and still in their productive years, including Theoda in "The Ship Who Mourned" and Nia in "Dramatic Mission", with the possible implication that a longer lifespan is the norm.

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* LongLived: Several characters in ''The Ship Who Sang'' are casually mentioned to be over a hundred years old and still in their productive years, including Theoda in "The Ship Who Mourned" and Nia in "Dramatic Mission", with the possible implication that a longer lifespan is the norm. Shellpeople are explicitly stated to have a life span of centuries.
29th Dec '16 1:58:24 PM PaulA
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* LongLived: Several characters in ''The Ship Who Sang'' are casually mentioned to be over a hundred years old and still in their productive years, including Theoda in "The Ship Who Mourned" and Nia in "Dramatic Mission", with the possible implication that a longer lifespan is the norm.
29th Dec '16 7:02:10 AM PaulA
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* ForeignLanguageTirade: Played with in "The Ship Who Mourned". Helva's brawn curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables; when Helva asks what she was saying, she explains that she was reciting her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.

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* ForeignLanguageTirade: Played with in "The Ship Who Mourned".Killed". Helva's brawn curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables; when Helva asks what she was saying, she explains that she was reciting her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.
29th Dec '16 6:59:51 AM PaulA
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[=McCaffrey=] first visited the setting in a series of short stories written in the 1960s, collected in ''The Ship Who Sang'' in 1969.

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[=McCaffrey=] first visited the setting in a series of short stories written in the 1960s, following the adventures of a brainship named Helva; these were collected in ''The Ship Who Sang'' in 1969.



* AndIMustScream: In one of the short stories, hijackers capture several brainships and remove from each the life-support shell containing the "brain", leaving the shellperson inside unable to see, hear, or otherwise sense anything outside the shell. At least one goes mad before rescue arrives. In direct response to this incident, subsequent shells are designed with integrated audiovisual inputs.

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* AndIMustScream: In one of the short stories, "The Ship Who Dissembled", hijackers capture several brainships and remove from each the life-support shell containing the "brain", leaving the shellperson inside unable to see, hear, or otherwise sense anything outside the shell. At least one One goes mad before rescue arrives. In direct response to this incident, subsequent shells are designed with integrated audiovisual inputs.



** ''Partner Ship'' references the "Helva Modification" invented after ''The Ship who Dissembled'' (see GoMadFromTheIsolation below)
** ''The Ship Who Searched'' references the "Nyota Five" incident from ''Partner Ship''
** ''The City Who Fought'' references Moto-Prosthetics from ''The Ship Who Searched''

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** ''Partner Ship'' references the "Helva Modification" invented after ''The "The Ship who Dissembled'' (see GoMadFromTheIsolation below)
Who Dissembled".
** ''The Ship Who Searched'' references the "Nyota Five" incident from ''Partner Ship''
Ship''.
** ''The City Who Fought'' references Moto-Prosthetics from ''The Ship Who Searched''Searched''.



* {{Cyborg}}: The "brains" are cybernetics carried about as far as possible, with human brains controlling of entire space ships and space stations as their prosthetic body parts. It's implied that the human body is still there, but only as a life-support system for the brain.
* DeathSeeker: Kira, Helva's brawn in ''The Ship Who Killed'', is this due to the death of her husband...causing Helva enormous panic when they unknowingly wind up on a planet where the religion is such that ''everyone'' is one of these.

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* {{Cyborg}}: The "brains" are cybernetics carried about as far as possible, with human brains controlling of entire space ships and space stations as their prosthetic body parts. It's implied that the The human body is still there, but only as a life-support system for the brain.
* DeathSeeker: Kira, Helva's brawn in ''The "The Ship Who Killed'', Killed", is this due to the death of her husband...causing Helva enormous panic when they unknowingly wind up on a planet where the religion is such that ''everyone'' is one of these.



* FantasticDrug

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* FantasticDrugFamousFamousFictional: In ''The Ship Who Sang'', young Helva's education includes a music appreciation course that covers classical works (such as ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'' and ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''), singers of the atomic age (such as Music/BobDylan), and alien musical genres (with specific examples cited from Venus, Capella, Altair, and Reticula).
* FantasticDrug: In "The Ship Who Dissembled", the hijacked ships are carrying tightly-controlled drugs that have important medical uses but also other less reputable applications.



* ForeignLanguageTirade: Played with in one of the short stories that makes up ''The Ship Who Sang''. Helva's brawn curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables; when Helva asks what she was saying, she explains that she was reciting her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.

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* ForeignLanguageTirade: Played with in one of the short stories that makes up ''The "The Ship Who Sang''.Mourned". Helva's brawn curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables; when Helva asks what she was saying, she explains that she was reciting her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.



* KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand: In one of the short stories, brainship Helva learns that one of the crewpeople at her home spaceport has fallen in love with her. He tells her that he's afraid if she lets him get too close to her, he'll succumb to an urge to crack open her life support unit, killing her, in an attempt to get at the real her (a thing that has happened before in comparable cases). She deliberately eggs him on, confident that she knows him well enough to be sure he won't go through with it. [[spoiler:She's right; he doesn't.]]
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Or rather methane-breathing StarfishAliens do.

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* KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand: In one of the short stories, "The Partnered Ship", brainship Helva learns that one of the crewpeople at her home spaceport has fallen in love with her. He tells her that he's afraid if she lets him get too close to her, he'll succumb to an urge to crack open her life support unit, killing her, in an attempt to get at the real her (a thing that has happened before in comparable cases). She deliberately eggs him on, confident that she knows him well enough to be sure he won't go through with it. [[spoiler:She's right; he doesn't.]]
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Or rather In "Dramatic Mission", humanity makes contact with methane-breathing StarfishAliens do.that are intrigued when they learn of this Earth thing called 'theatre' and offer a valuable technology in return for a theatre troupe visiting their home planet and performing ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.



* NamingYourColonyWorld: In "The Ship Who Sang" (the original short story that became the first section of the novel), the climax takes place in the [[Music/MauriceRavel Ravel]] star system, with its two colony worlds [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_et_Chlo%C3%A9 Daphnis and Chloe]].



* PatchworkStory: ''The Ship Who Sang''.

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* PatchworkStory: ''The Ship Who Sang''.Sang'' is composed of previously-published short stories, with a final story added to round them off.



* ThePlague: In "The Ship Who Mourned", a plague has wiped out most of a planet's population. The handful of survivors of this disease are either immune or are left paralyzed. Helva supports Theoda in an attempt to demonstrate that physiotherapy may be effective for the latter.
** Tia and Alex, the Brain and Brawn of ''The Ship Who Searched'' are forced to deal with more than one plague spread by contaminated artifacts.
* PlasmaCannon: Used by the Kolnar pirates in "The City Who Fought", ignite slugs of fissile material.

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* ThePlague: ThePlague:
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In "The Ship Who Mourned", a plague has wiped out most of a planet's population. The handful of survivors of this disease are either immune or are left paralyzed. Helva supports Theoda in an attempt to demonstrate that physiotherapy may be effective for the latter.
** Tia and Alex, the Brain and Brawn of ''The Ship Who Searched'' are forced to deal with more than one plague spread by contaminated artifacts.
artifacts.
* PlasmaCannon: Used by the Kolnar pirates in "The ''The City Who Fought", Fought'', ignite slugs of fissile material.



* RemoteBody: In ''The Ship Who Searched''.

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* RemoteBody: In ''The Ship Who Searched''.Searched'', [[spoiler:Tia finances the creation of a completely human-seeming remote-operated android accessory so she can be her human partner's... partner]].
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