Thanks to everyone who mentioned their favorite ships yesterday. On that theme, here is my favorite. The idea of a living ship is so much fun that I put one in my fourth book.
In particular the Leviathans from the Farscape universe. They are an engineered race of spaceships, made sentient by the Builders.
Leviathans are biomechanoid made of both biological and mechanical systems. They have a thick outer skin capable of keeping a pressurized atmosphere inside. They generate a bioelectric field that can keep small openings in the hull from venting atmosphere.
Holes in the hull are repaired by symbiotic organisms called Hodian trill bats, whose excrement is a sealant. Mechanical DRDs cat-sized droids that the Leviathan manufactures do take care of the rest of the maintenance.
There’s something about the idea of having a ship that can communicate with you and has its own feelings that is both appealing and scary. It can be an unpredictable ride if your ship is having a bad day.
Living ship, what do you think? What can you do with a living ship that you can’t do with a regular mechanical ship?
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ABOUT T.S. VALMOND:
T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.