Partner Ship Author:Anne McCaffrey & Margaret Ball Her name is Nancia Perez y de Gras. Like the other five people aboard, she was a aristocrat...a member of one of the illustrious High Families. And, like the others, she was a new graduate, just starting out on her own career. — But while the rest were bound for less than-glamorous assignments-for reasons they prefer to conceal-on planets in a re... more »mote sector of the galaxy, Nancia was already on duty and proud of it: as a brainship for the Courier Service.
Born with grave physical disabilities, Nancia would never have survived without a complex life-support system. So her parents had sent her for training as a brainship, the one vocation that would allow her to excel, and to bring honor to the family.
The shell that housed Nancia's human body was encased in a massive titanium column, with a direct linkage between her mind and her ship's computer. Her sense of self extended far beyond what most people considered important, encompassing the perfection of her gleaming outer hull and the ease with which she could do the mathematical calculations necessary to travel across space via singularities in order to reach distant worlds much faster than regular ships.« less