History Literature / TheShipWho

31st Aug '16 6:51:07 PM 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 personal 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.

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* EverybodyLives: Brainship Tia and her Brawn Alex investigate a sudden loss of communication with an archaeological expedition to find the personal personnel reduced to an animal like 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.
31st Aug '16 11:22:14 AM roxana
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* EverybodyLives: Brainship Tia and her Brawn Alex investigate a sudden loss of communication with an archaeological expedition to find the personal 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.


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** 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.
31st Aug '16 11:10:23 AM roxana
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* HonorBeforeReason: Nancia's first Brawn is this and teaches her to be the same. He's a {{Jerkass}} but not totally hopeless.
8th Jun '16 8:13:16 PM PaulA
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* 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.



* PardonMyKlingon: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in one of the short stories that makes up ''The Ship Who Sang'': one of Helva's brawns curses a hapless functionary off the ship by reciting a particularly vituperative string of syllables -- her grandmother's recipe for paprikash, which she then proceeds to cook and eat.
8th May '16 9:55:46 PM PaulA
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* ThePlague: In "The Ship Who Mourned".

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* ThePlague: In "The Ship Who Mourned".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.



* SpaceshipGirl

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* SpaceshipGirlSpaceshipGirl: Any of the female shellpeople who opt for ship bodies, to some extent.
** But especially Tia in ''The Ship Who Searched'', who [[spoiler:finances the creation of a completely human-seeming remote-operated android accessory so she can be her human partner's... partner]].
** Another book has a brainship who had gone through a terrible traumatic event; in therapy a counselor had her channel her emotions and frustrations into art, and eventually had her create a self portrait. He expected her to paint a projection of herself as a human, if she hadn't had the genetic defects that landed her in a brainship, but she painted her shipself with some anthropomorphic elements.
8th May '16 9:08:51 PM PaulA
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"The Ship Who ..." is a science fiction series created by AnneMcCaffrey, consisting of short stories and novels.

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"The Ship Who ..." is a science fiction series created by AnneMcCaffrey, Creator/AnneMcCaffrey, consisting of short stories and novels.
8th May '16 7:58:25 PM PaulA
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* DeathWorld: Kolnar, the homeworld of the villains of ''The City Who Fought''.

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* DeathWorld: Kolnar, the homeworld of the villains of ''The City Who Fought''.Fought'' is a volcanic, radioactive, heavy gravity nightmare world, in orbit around a sun with a spectral category of blinding. It was colonized by a particularly nasty group of prisoners, who evolved into nigh-unkillable superhumans. They have a nuclear war once every generation -- and they get their weapons-grade nuclear material by hunting a creature best described as a jet-propelled submarine with fangs. And that's one of the nice critters on the planet.
6th May '16 2:36:21 AM PaulA
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* 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.



* GoMadFromTheIsolation: 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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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In one HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: FTL drive is pretty tame -- some people react to it with temporary nausea, and there's always a lingering sense of unreality, but it's perfectly normal and safe. Singularity drive, on the short stories, hijackers capture other hand... involves "translating" between two linked, mapped nodes instantaneously by taking a mathematical jaunt through several brainships realities, all of which inflict temporary body horrors on the poor passengers. The usual transit time is on the order of seconds. However, sometimes ships get stuck, at which the horrors can last for weeks. One notable example involved a brainship having to burn out dozens of powerful processors, put down a mutiny, and remove finish the translation using a handful of known good processors (including the graphics processor for the screens and a processor or two donated from each the life-support shell containing the "brain", leaving the shellperson inside unable body of a cyborg), all while looping between two realities that turned your teeth to see, hear, or otherwise sense anything outside the shell. At least rotten mush in one goes mad before rescue arrives. In direct response to this incident, subsequent shells are designed with integrated audiovisual inputs.and long stabbing needles in another.



* MissionControl: Some stories have the brainship serving as a mission control for their mobile "brawn" partner when they leave the confines of the ship.



* SalvagePirates: The brainship Carialle once suffered a fuel tank explosion as the result of sabotage. As she drifted in space, she detected movement on her outer hull, but was unable to generate a signal to get the attention of whoever it was. Later rescued, repaired and returned to service, Carialle re-encounters the salvagers after a considerable period of time. The younger members of the group are profoundly shocked and apologetic; they hadn't realized that the ship they had salvaged parts from was a brainship. Their leader, however, certainly knew - he stole Carialle's ID plate from the wall of the control room. He winds up going to prison for a long, long time. Carialle, however, manages to help the younger crewmembers get away, since they helped her resolve the current crisis.
* SchizoTech: In ''The Ship Who Won'', most of the colonists are living in a neo-feudal situation while their masters are in control of technology so advanced it looks like magic. The technology they're using was created by aliens and is hugely durable.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In ''[=PartnerShip=]'', a character is running a mine with a labour force of native animals. It turns out that they are intelligent, but getting them registered as such is some kind of Catch 22 situation. He therefore breaks the rules in order to get them registered. His punishment is community work with another native species who might turn out to be sapient.



* SharpenedToASingleAtom: In ''The City Who Fought'', Joat lays a trap using monomolecular wire. The effects are messy.



* {{Veganopia}}

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-->''"Very few humans would be able to reproduce his real name. His vocal organ is a vibrating membrane in the top of his head. He does human speech just fine, but we can't manage his."''
* {{Veganopia}}{{Veganopia}}: The future humans in this setting are all vegetarians, except for some "backward" mutants.


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* WrongNameOutburst:
** At the end of ''The City Who Fought'', Chaundra calls her boyfriend Amos "Simeon", the name of her shellperson partner. Amos, who has always been jealous of her relationship with Simeon, storms out. Simeon promptly calls him on it, pointing out among other things that ''Amos took Simeon's name'' to deceive invaders on the station, and it's not surprising Chaundra slipped when she's been calling him that for several weeks.
** In ''The Ship Who Searched'', Alex accidentally calls his random hookup partner Tia. Fortunately she isn't that bothered by it and just calls him Giorgi in return. Alex is more disturbed by it because it makes him realize that he is falling for Tia (who is a Brain and therefore can't leave her life support tube).
5th May '16 11:24:34 PM PaulA
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* EternalEngine: ''The Ship Who Won'' features an alien world with [[spoiler:an enormous weather-control system inside the planet]].



* FutureMusic: In ''The Ship Who Sang''.

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* FutureMusic: In ''The Ship Who Sang''.Sang'', Music/BobDylan is a popular classical musician of the future. Singing in his style is banned on some planets, because it's too persuasive.



* MagicFromTechnology: In ''The Ship Who Won''.

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* MagicFromTechnology: In ''The Ship Who Won''.Won'', the "magic" discovered on an alien world is powered by [[spoiler:an enormous weather-control system inside the planet, which the mages are abusing to cast "spells"]].
5th May '16 8:36:36 PM PaulA
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* CentrifugalGravity: Simeon's space station in ''The City Who Fought'' is the cylindrical spinning type.



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* {{Cyborg}}{{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.
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