an intelligent entity (alien or computer-based) that helps control a spacecraft
But Shipmind was assuring them that the sun ahead had only eight attendant planets, and not nine…. ‘The readings all point to my initial assumptions being one hundred percent correct,’ said Shipmind.
Year by Year the Evil Gains in K. Bulmer New Writings in SF 27 86
They’re navigated through the overcosm…by an astrogator who is in communion with a delphinoid shipmind…. Delphinoids are giant creatures who are all brain…. They’re cybernetically implanted into ships.
Web Dancer in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Dec. 66
The shipmind can think us home readily enough…. It’s learned where the two anomalies are.
Darktouch in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Jan. 30
I wouldn’t have even noticed it, but my shipmind, Hypatia, is programmed to notice things that I don’t, if she thinks they might interest me.
Boy Who Would Live Forever vii. 101
To transit truespace, Pelago would need a shipmind. Pelago’s shipmind could only be a wayfinder’s—an intelligence that could generate any door at all, for any ship at all.
Pelago in Asimov’s Science Fiction Feb. 73
He had the shipmind call up readings on this from the ancients available on the ship’s database of all human cultures.
Shipstar xvi. 125
‘Sally,’ I asked my faceplate, ‘how’s our telemetry?’ ‘Pretty good, Llyn,’ the shipmind answered. ‘We’ve matched velocity and vector, and we’re stable. Can’t do much about that spin.’ Ibid. 11 Most of the generation ships had shipminds of a sort.
Machine i. 5
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