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Mr. Spaceship

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  738 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A human brain-controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called . . . Mr. Spaceship
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Published (first published 1953)
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Peter Derk
Apr 23, 2014 Peter Derk rated it liked it
Philip K. Dick.

The Pluses:
-Tons of great ideas.
-Still mined for movies on the regular.
-One of the better beards.

The Minuses:
-Prose a little weak.
-Dialogue downright tough.


I drove to PKD's grave not that long ago. It's an hour, maybe 90 minutes from my house. I took my brother's car because my own car wouldn't make it. Or, even worse, would make it and then not make it back, leaving me stranded in eastern Colorado where I'd have to find a new life either farming or working at the Dairy Queen. THE
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Michael
Apr 27, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: SF Fans
This is one of those stories that is written in such a way that, although it seems simple, it captures your imagination right away. Not a lot of detail or description is necessary, because you fill them in yourself as you read; a sign that the storyteller is a true master.

The setting is an undetermined point in the future. Earth has made contact with aliens on a planet orbiting the nearby Proxima Centauri. However, these aliens are not friendly, and mankind is soon at war. We find we are at a di
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Estelle
Very nice short story, well paced and dealing with interesting themes, but the ending kinda threw me off. I didn't expect PKD to pull the cheesy card on us, but he did! While I would have prefered a more ambiguous and thought provoking conclusion to the story, being totally surprised was refreshing. Yay for happy endings and second chances... I guess!
Mike Walmsley
Creates a powerful and emotive image in the mind, but is spoiled by a forced final act. A book which might have been better without explanation.
John
Jul 06, 2012 John rated it liked it
Earth is at the losing end of a war with an alien race, called Yuks, who are able traverse the universe without spaceships. To turn tides, Earth's military engineer Kramer devices a method of installing a human brain into a man made mechanical spaceship.

Professor Thomas, who is in the declining years of his life, volunteers to transplant his brain into the spaceship and to strike at the emeny. However, after brain transplant, Professor Thomas kidnaps Kramer and Kramer's ex-wife Dolores.

Instead o
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Erik Angle
Jan 11, 2014 Erik Angle rated it it was amazing
Pretty early on you can guess where the central premise of the story is headed, and I was happy to be along for the ride...then Philip K. Dick really surprised me by getting the twist out of the way early and moving into territory that I had failed to foresee. The social commentary was very interesting (tho I have the bias of already agreeing with the message), and I appreciated the usage of the human-brain-in-a-robot-body schtick in a new, non-humanoid context.

I reserve 5-star status not just f
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Venky
Aug 04, 2015 Venky rated it liked it
Shelves: bibliocase
Mankind and outer space are at a constant and embittered war and as a result of superior technology and artificial intelligence the beings from Proxima Centauri are close to bringing the earthlings down to their knees. Since the ships of Mother Earth relying on a mechanical control termed Johnson's Control are being shot to submission by thought triggered space mines, a radical solution needs to be found, and found quickly.

The ideal man to devise a solution is the intelligent Kramer, a divorced
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Pants
Apr 15, 2015 Pants rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Scott Harris
Jun 21, 2012 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
One of Dick's short stories, Mr. Spaceship is a fitting account of the idea of merging man and machine, which has subsequently reoccurred in various science fiction pieces. In this case, it is an observation about the extension of the human lifespan and the god-like status accorded to one in charge of significant technology. Lots of interesting themes but the ending is a little underdeveloped
Velma
"Open the pod bay door, Hal."
"I can't do that Dave."

Kinda like that, but kinda not. OK, not very much at all, just one scene reminded me of 2001.

Interesting, but (probably due space limitations; ha, get it? I made a pun), a bit of a weak ending. Readable, with a modicum of the PKD wit to boot.
M0rningstar
Apr 03, 2014 M0rningstar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The writing is so bad that I cannot finish this. Reads like something thrown together by a disinterested high school student for English class.
torque
Jan 09, 2013 torque rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed it was written by a teenager. Thin plot, poor conversations. Important decisions of war are made in spur of the moment.
B.C. Young
It's a good story, but the ending is weak. I get the metaphorical context, but I just didn't find it satisfying.
Josh Elam
Nov 12, 2013 Josh Elam rated it it was ok
Loved it up until the end.
Emrullah Koyunlu
Dec 12, 2015 Emrullah Koyunlu rated it really liked it
I can say that, with confidence, that I enjoyed the story. Characterization appealed my tastes, and it felt multiple dimensional. While last minute Noah parallelization pushed the envelope a bit, it hadn't detracted too much from the story. Overall, I recommend reading it.
Rachel Ann
Apr 06, 2014 Rachel Ann rated it liked it
As a neuroscientist, it was hard not to grind my teeth in frustration at the science. But once I got over that, the extended didactic passages and plot holes served as more legitimate reasons for annoyance. Still, an interesting idea.
Claire Gilligan
Oct 13, 2014 Claire Gilligan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff
A fun golden age short story, exploring an idea I haven't seen elsewhere--pleasantly characterized, well told, and delightfully brief. 10/10 would read again. :)
Jerry
Jan 01, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but sweet

One that I had missed by one of the masters of science fiction. Really glad I stumbled onto it. Classic !!!
Chris Aldridge
Sep 18, 2015 Chris Aldridge rated it really liked it
To respond to war with aliens they ask an old professor to help upgrade a spaceship.

4 stars 80%

Daniel Hill
Dec 24, 2014 Daniel Hill rated it really liked it
Fantastic little short story. Well worth seeking out as a precursor to much of the 21st Century space operas.
Dan Oldermusicgeek
Feb 04, 2016 Dan Oldermusicgeek rated it liked it
Definitely not one of his better works. Too many literary gymnastics pulled to make this work.
Anna
Jun 24, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
I've recently read a bunch of Philip K. Dick's short stories and love how, although they are all dealing with similar situations (cold war turned into hot war, terra uninhabitable due to radiation, underground factories, robot wars, humans forced to live underground; OR interstellar wars (Terra-Centauri)/other interstellar situations), they still can't be compared to each other, they still differ enough to be enjoyed one after another (without getting bored by repetition).

Sparks ideas about war
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Jay Dee
Feb 12, 2016 Jay Dee rated it liked it
Great idea, but feels like it was written in such a rush.
Anand
Aug 09, 2015 Anand rated it it was ok
Not my favorite PKD book, didn't really see the point
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Cristina
Listened to a libravox recording; nice but dated.
WT Sharpe
Apr 28, 2015 WT Sharpe rated it liked it
Pretty good. Read as an audiobook.
Michael
Jan 02, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Nice take on the creation story. Another good short story.
Jim
Jul 10, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
short story a bit dated
B.  Barron
Apr 19, 2014 B. Barron rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-online
Meh.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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