sci fi novel published in 80's or 90's

Michilino

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Ok. I am looking for a series of books I vaguely remember from my childhood. All I remember is that the series supposedly had a diffrence author for each book. I have a feeling that the ship chooses the pilot. Something to do with a psychic bond with the helm, or something to that effect. I have an image of the helm as a metal boxy chair. And the word helm is important. But can't remember anything else about the book except I enjoyed reading it. Can anyone furnish me with a title please?
 

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Anne McCaffrey's series of books, one of which is "The Ship Who Sang," tells stories of spaceships controlled by 'crippled' humans (whose bodies were hopelessly mangled from birth) who were encased in protective shells (they were nicknamed 'shellpersons'), with connections to the outside for all sorts of senses-- sight, sound, etc., plus interfaces to the machinery that ran the ship. The humans had rights, but were indentured until the cost of their upbringing and maintenance was paid off. Ships were called 'brainships' because of the human component, and were accompanied by a "brawn," a trained human who would handle the off-ship requirements of the relationship. The brainship chose the brawn as her/his partner.

There was a series of books in the same universe, including one about a spacestation with a 'shellperson' running things.

There might have been one or more novels with a co-author, but most were by Anne McCaffrey herself.

There was also a series of books/stories by different authors placed in the same universe / on the same planet as an example of what different authors could do, given the same background and environment. Unfortunately, I don't remember what it was called!

--Paul E Musselman
 

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Anne McCaffrey's series of books, one of which is "The Ship Who Sang," tells stories of spaceships controlled by 'crippled' humans (whose bodies were hopelessly mangled from birth) who were encased in protective shells (they were nicknamed 'shellpersons'), with connections to the outside for all sorts of senses-- sight, sound, etc., plus interfaces to the machinery that ran the ship. The humans had rights, but were indentured until the cost of their upbringing and maintenance was paid off. Ships were called 'brainships' because of the human component, and were accompanied by a "brawn," a trained human who would handle the off-ship requirements of the relationship. The brainship chose the brawn as her/his partner.

There was a series of books in the same universe, including one about a spacestation with a 'shellperson' running things.

There might have been one or more novels with a co-author, but most were by Anne McCaffrey herself.

There was also a series of books/stories by different authors placed in the same universe / on the same planet as an example of what different authors could do, given the same background and environment. Unfortunately, I don't remember what it was called!

--Paul E Musselman
Thanks for this, I love Anne McCaffery's Pern novels, but this is not a series I am familiar with. The one I am asking about starts off with a young (farm?) lad going on to the ship and sitting in the helm chair. He becomes the pilot or something... I don't know.... it is frustrating because I vaguely remember bits of it and that I enjoyed the story. But can't remember the title or series.
 

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