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Mr. Spaceship

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The war with the Yucks from Proxima Centauri was claimed to be a stalemate but they were really winning. The mine belts they laid seemed to propagate themselves and were slowly strangling Terran planets. How did they do that? What was their secret? The answer was baffling and the best human minds could only conclude that their ships and mines were somehow alive. So, the next desperate step was to ask "If they are using organic ships, why can't we do the same?". Thus Mr. Spaceship was conceived and carried out. But will a conscious warship do what the generals wish? Perhaps and perhaps something entirely surprising!

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This etext was produced from Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy January 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

A human brain controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called

Mr. Spaceship

By

Philip K. Dick

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Kramer leaned back. "You can see the situation. How can we deal with a factor like this? The perfect variable."

"Perfect? Prediction should still be possible. A living thing still acts from necessity, the same as inanimate material. But the cause effect chain is more subtle; there are more factors to be considered. The difference is quantitative, I think. The reaction of the living organism parallels natural causation, but with greater complexity."

Gross and Kramer looked up at the board plates, suspended on the wall, still dripping, the images hardening into place. Kramer traced a line with his pencil.

"See that? It's a pseudopodium... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 5, 2014
Subject: Mr Spaceship
A great little old story and Phil does another good job with his reading of it.
Reviewer: - June 7, 2013
Subject: Mr. Spaceship
In last 50 years I have watched and read various stories with this theme. Of all of them I enjoyed this the most. The writing is excellent and the reading is interesting. There is something to be said for old time sci-fi.


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