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Mr. Spaceship

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  936 Ratings  ·  70 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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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
Bill  Kerwin

Seven years before the coining of the word "cyborg," eight years before the publication of Anne McCaffrey's short story "The Ship Who Sang," Philip K. Dick published "Mr. Spaceship" in the magazine Imagination (1953). It tells the story of how, during a war with the planet of the "Yuks", a people who use highly sophisticated life-forms as weapons, a research team headed by engineer Philip Kramer attempts to craft a spaceship capable of comparable subtlety and maneuverability, a spaceship united
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
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.
Emre Han Ata
Sep 26, 2016 Emre Han Ata rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Elam
Nov 12, 2013 Josh Elam rated it it was ok
Loved it up until the end.
Nov 24, 2016 Irene rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Siempre me pasa lo mismo con este autor: presenta grandes ideas, pero la ejecución final me deja completamente fría, como si se le hubiera ido de las manos... De todos modos sigo leyendo obras suyas únicamente por sus ideas.
Sean Leas
Dec 22, 2016 Sean Leas rated it liked it
Mr. Spaceship feels like a good creative writing project. I really wanted to delve deeper into the process of the ship construction and more backstory into the professors past. A fun short read.
Jan 10, 2017 Margaux rated it it was amazing
I've found a new favorite author! Cleaver, original, and beautiful.
Jeff Daly
Dec 31, 2016 Jeff Daly rated it really liked it

finished: 2016-12-01.Dec.Thu 08:33:44
Oct 16, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on an old idea.

Can a man be melded with a machine If so would he still be human? Is War a bad habit? Could we earn to live without it? What will the utcp
Patricia L Fletcher
I was expecting more.

This had so many good reviews I was expecting a better story. However it was just a very predictable story.
Apr 15, 2015 Pants rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well was that weird.

The writing was way too simple and basic, and I though it was too short- many of the things mentioned there would have been super cool to read more in depth about and it would even make a pretty cool short novel.

Also some things didnt make much sense. Even if you ignore literally everything we know about the brain and just roll with the cringy non-existence science, I couldnt understand how someone can say they were so super close to a teacher that they spent so much time i
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
Dione Basseri
Jul 29, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it it was amazing
Kind of funny, actually. An infirm professor is given the opportunity to become the harvested mind of a new type of spacecraft, and what does he do once he's installed and turned on? BOOK IT, MAN. I mean, what else would you do if you spent your life growing older and more brittle, and then finally being given the entire universe to explore? Fairly inspirational. I'm glad it didn't go to a grim place, where the mind was trapped. Hell, if I had this chance, I'd take it, too.

This story is in the p
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
Apr 26, 2013 J rated it really liked it
Classic sci-fi pulp fiction with a social commentary, hallmark of Philip K. Dick.

It is a short tale that really has aged well, simple/broad technology terms/ideas which just don't get dated very easily. This is much more in the lines of HG Wells and than say Heilein.

Takes a bit to get to the main point of the story, but you see main story twist pretty quickly but you just don't know.

Always a joy to read something like this. Just proof you don't need a huge epic 3 book story with 500 pages each.
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Jun 28, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Putting a human brain in a spaceship that has a grand idea to restart humanity a la Adam and Eve. I was very much into this story and the thoughts it provided of having a rogue starship that could out maneuver the enemy...but the overall goal of the brain really did not quite do it for me, and as i was reading the last few paragraphs i suddenly lost interest. Perhaps if i had read it when it came out all those years ago i would have changed my mind. oh well...
May 01, 2013 Glenn rated it liked it
Solid and classic Dick. It is a story that captures the imagination and is ride with social commentary about the world we live in. It has some interesting points about where we went wrong, and an extreme way of fixing it through starting completely from scratch on a new world.

I found the ending to be creepy, as the spaceship takes on a interesting role, and the cowish nature of the main characters. Regardless, if you like P. Dick, this will not disappoint.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 13, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, philip-k-dick
...We're in the future, there's war going on with an alien race called Yuks, to fight these alien some researchers led by a guy called Kramer develop a spaceship powered by a human brain, now the brain donor candidate happens to be Kramer's former professor. So the ship is built, lots of adventurous stuff occurs, and then it (the ship), reveals its prospects for a whole new mankind...

Altogether an interesting sci-fi read...

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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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