The Ship Who Searched (Brain and Brawn Ships Series #3)

The Ship Who Searched (Brain and Brawn Ships Series #3)

by Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey


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The Ship Who Searched (Brain and Brawn Ships Series #3) by Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey

Special 20th Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction by Mercedes Lackey. A beloved classic of romantic space adventure returns. A novel of Anne McCaffrey’s Brainship series. A young woman becomes paralyzed and must become a brainship—and find her Brawn, her human soul mate, so that she can discover a cure for her illness.

Tia Cade is a headstrong, smart, and very normal girl—until she contracts a terrible illness that leaves her with the bare semblance of life. Tia’s only hope: to become the oldest person ever to train to be one of the legendary star travelers, the brainships But now that Tia is free of her ravaged body, there still remains the task of finding the right partner to be her Brawn, the human element every brainship requires. And when the disease that debilitated Tia threatens thousands more, selecting a Brawn who is her true soul mate may allow Tia to find the origin of the terrible plague—and perhaps even a cure.

20th Anniversary edition featuring a new introduction by Mercedes Lackey.

About Anne McCaffrey:

“McCaffrey's [creates] a vivid future universe of diversified cultures and technological wonders [with] vivid heroes and villains. . .”—Publishers Weekly on the Brainship series

About Mercedes Lackey:

“With [Mercedes Lackey], suspense never lags. . .”–Kliatt

"She'll keep you up long past your bedtime."—Stephen King

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451638738
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Brain and Brawn Ships Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 297,450
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey was the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, the Brainship series, and others. She remains one of the most popular science fiction authors of all time.

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Bardic Voices series and the Serrated Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and The Shadow of the Lion (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer). She lives in Oklahoma.

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The Ship Who Searched (Brain and Brawn Ships Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is another of the "Brain and Brawn" series created by Anne McCaffrey in "The Ship Who Sang." The premise behind it is that in a future time, severely handicapped people are given a chance at a fulfilling life by becoming cyborgs: an entire city or a ship becomes their "body" that they control. Only that first book is solely written by McCaffrey--the others in the series are co-written by her or by others. Of those other books, this is my favorite--I love it just as much as the first, and this is among my favorite stories by either author. The reason is Tia, the "brain" part in this novel; I find her an appealing character, and I loved how this book dealt with her dilemma as a person cut off from touch but not the emotions of love. This book also presents quite a departure for Mercedes Lackey--almost all her work is fantasy, not, like this one, science fiction. If you want to try more by her, Sacred Ground and Burning Water, though not as popular as her Valdemar books, are in a contemporary setting--urban fantasy. Arrows of the Queen is her first Valdemar book which she's best known for, just as for McCaffrey she's most famous for her Pern books, which begins in Dragonflight included in book The Dragonriders of Pern.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hypatia, or Tia for short, wasn't your normal youngster. Precocious was a word used most often to describe her, considering how smart she was. Her parents were both archaeologists, moving from planet to planet, searching for clues to an alien race dubbed the 'EsKays'. Tia had her own spacesuit, and would occasionally go out and pretend to be working her own dig. One day though, she stumbled upon real artifacts, and using the knowledge her parents gave her, she carefully packs up some samples and takes them back to their habitat dome to await her parents' return. Unfortunately, one of the samples falls apart as soon as air touches it. Not long afterwards, Tia begins to notice a numb tingling in her feet. She ignores it, until her feet go completely numb. Then it spreads to her hands, and after that, slowly works its way up her arms and legs. Terrified, she finally tells her parents what's going on with her, and she is packed away on a brainship, taken to a medical facility. There she is given a terrible diagnosis: The doctors where able to stop whatever the virus was, but there is no cure for her. Given her mental stability and flexibility, she is given the opportunity to become a shellperson, eventually to become the 'brain' portion of a courier ship. Together, Tia and her brawn explore the universe, and help uncover a band of criminals who raid excavation sites and sell their spoils on the black market, passing on another unknown disease in the process to the unwitting buyers of the stolen goods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've reread this story more times than I can remember and it never grows old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the ending.
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It is a book that will have you laughing and crying
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imnookworm More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have read it multiple times. It never fails to move me. I can hardly wait for the powers that be to make it an e-book for the Nook.
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I have enjoyed reading this several times.
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