The Ship Who Sang

1969 novel by Anne McCaffrey / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Ship Who Sang (1969) is a science fiction novel by American writer Anne McCaffrey, a fix-up of five stories published 1961 to 1969.[1] By an alternate reckoning, "The Ship Who Sang" is the earliest of the stories, a novelette, which became the first chapter of the book.[2] Finally, the entire "Brain & Brawn Ship series" (or Brainship or Ship series), written by McCaffrey and others, is sometimes called the "Ship Who Sang series" by bibliographers, merchants, or fans.[3][4][5][6]

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The Ship Who Sang
First edition cover
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
Cover artistJack Gaughan (first)
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherWalker & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

The protagonist of the 1969 novel and all the early stories is a cyborg, Helva, a human being and a spaceship, or "brainship". The five older stories are revised under their original titles as the first five chapters of the book and the sixth chapter is entirely new.[1]

McCaffrey dedicated the book "to the memory of the Colonel, my father, George Herbert McCaffrey, citizen soldier patriot for whom the first ship sang."[7] In 1994 she named it as the book she is most proud of.[8] Subsequently, she named the first story her best story and her personal favorite work.[9][10][11]

During the 1990s McCaffrey made The Ship Who Sang the first book of a series by writing four novels in collaboration with four co-authors, two of whom each later completed another novel in the series alone. By 1997 there were seven novels, one old and six more recent.[3] They share a fictional premise but feature different cyborg characters.