Mr. Spaceship


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4 stars; 534 reviews)

The war with the Yucks from Proxima Centauri was claimed to be a stalemate but they were really winning. The mine belts they laid seemed to propagate themselves and were slowly strangling Terran planets. How did they do that? What was their secret? The answer was baffling and the best human minds could only conclude that their ships and mines were somehow alive. So, the next desperate step was to ask "If they are using organic ships, why can't we do the same?". Thus Mr. Spaceship was conceived and carried out. But will a conscious warship do what the generals wish? Perhaps and perhaps something entirely surprising! (1 hr 12 min)

Chapters

1 - Section 1 16:33 Read by Phil Chenevert
2 - Section 2 14:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
3 - Section 3 16:25 Read by Phil Chenevert
4 - Section 4 25:10 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

(3 stars)

The narration was well delivered, and the plot was a good example of early sci-fi, an inspiration for later plotlines exploring the possibilities of blending human and machine. Also begs question: Is humanity capable of peace? I enjoyed listening.

Take it for what it is

(4 stars)

It never ceases to dazzle, the heights of arrogant narcissism we humans reach when given the chance to express an opinion...this is a sci-fi story, and some take opportunity to somehow damn the winners of the survival of the fittest. Sometimes, a cigar is just a f**king cigar LD.

My least favorite Philip K. Dick story.

(5 stars)

The story is good until the very end. (Spoiler alert!) The entire project would fail miserably, due to inbreeding. To me this ruins an otherwise good old-fashioned sci-fi tale.

It was fun, but short.

(3.5 stars)

U think that the reader rushed quite a bit and didn't give a good emphasis on the other characters, but it was a nice story, and a nice possibility.

3rd listen is just as fun as the 1st

(5 stars)

I've just listened to this book for the third time. Definitely worth a listen, it's a whole new universe when Phillip Dick is in charge. Biomechanical engineering, talking spaceships, space battles; all with the tongue-in-cheek style we all love from Phil Dick.

Nor his best but still enjoyable

(4 stars)

Discounting the juvenile attempts at humor some of the other reviewer indulged in. while not P.K.Dicks best works it's still enjoyable. the writing is clear and concise, which was pretty much decided by the publishers and the vehicles of the time.

Notice of spoiler and obscenity -- troll reviews below

(5 stars)

Trolls have come and left their smelly remains, including a gleeful on-purpose spoler.So be warned to not read further unless you don't mind hearing the ending of the book.

Really good reader, rather basic story with a fascinating topic

(4 stars)

The short story comes across as merely a draft, certainly not the most fleshed out, deep or dense of Dick's stories. Nevertheless, the basic idea of a ship with a real mind is (nowadays) a staple for sci-fi and for a reason. To those fascinated by ships with minds of their own I strongly recommend the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. The reader sounds very distinct, almost a bit highbrow but with a kind of gentleman attitude one can hardly dislike - very well read!