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Old Nov 28 2004, 02:45 PM   #1
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If you had the option of being a shellperson or being a "softshell", which would you choose? If you were a shellperson, what role would you like (brainship, city manager...)

I'd have to say that the brain/computing power of a shellperson is attractive, along with the abilities of a brainship. But to never have personal/physical human contact with anyone... that would be a lot to give up voluntarily. If I had no other choice (i.e. I suffered from the physical problems that lead to the creation of shellpeople) I definitely would want to be one, and be a brainship!
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Old Nov 28 2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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If it were a choice of being a Shellperson or being DEAD... I'd take the shellperson...IF I was under 15. Any older than that, and I doubt very much I'd be able to adapt to it.


Now, City or Ship? Well, a ship sees so much more..... but a city can CONTROL so much more.....decsions decisions......
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I agree. If the choice was to be shelled or to die, I'd choose to be shelled, and to be a ship. The first thing I'd do would be to try and get myself a Moto-Prosthetics body, though.
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If my options were shellperson or dead, I'd pick shellperson, regardless of how old I was. (Hey, if you're going to die anyway, might as well give it a shot.) If we're playing 'death is not an option'...hm. Tough call. Probably brawn, but don't make me swear to it.

As a ship--I think it would be fun to be a city/station like Simeon, though I'd like someplace a bit closer to civilization....
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Old Nov 29 2004, 05:33 AM   #5
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I think I might go for it. The lack of contact would be a problem I think but then there's those bodies you could get for yourself so that takes care of that....
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If it were a question of giving up the life I have now to become a shellperson, the answer would be no. If it were a hypothetical case with the usual choice between a shell or a wheelchair (or worse), then I would go for the shell, and hope to get a job administering a large institution such as a hospital or a university.
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To be a brain alive in a body that no longer responds and have the option to be a shellperson powering a ship OK I would do that.
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What a question for a claustrophobic! Of course, like others, I'd rather be shelled than dead, and I think I'd choose to be a City, on a planet. Space is too big and empty for me!
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I'd opt for a shellperson's life if that was my only option. I wouldn't choose it if I was healthy though. And if I were a shellperson...I think I'd opt for a city job.
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shelled rather than dead. ship or working in a lab if possible.
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What a question for a claustrophobic! Of course, like others, I'd rather be shelled than dead, and I think I'd choose to be a City, on a planet. Space is too big and empty for me!
Oh, Lara i do understand. I am claustrophibic. Dad's was a fullblown case of said, but mine is stress-induced only. For both of us, being able to see around us and sense whether room and space are really there or not, are key! In a shell, all the senses are so dramatically augmented (thinking particularily of Nancia here), that that would seem a vast improvement on basic biological optical/aural/nerve imputs and interpretations.

So yes, i would opt for a new titanium wardrobe in a heartbeat if the option was isolation in a responseless body, or worse.

As for choosing between a being a City Brain or a Brain Ship, wow... tough choice! I like the idea of seeing places in the wide universe only a few might see. But i also delight at the aspect of being a City Brain. That's really tough to choose, but since i do like to go, do and see new things as it is, being a Brain Ship seems the logical choice.
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I'd only want to be a shell person if I was physically disabled, like had an accident or something, cause otherwise I couldn't stand not having human contact etc. But I'd want to be a ship, cause I'd go mad not being able to move around!
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i'd also choose being a shellperson rather than being dead, but preferably on-planet; and YES TO GRANATH i would also find myself a moto-prosthetics body as soon as i can afford it.
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I'd rather be shelled if I had to, but it would be a hard choice of where to be, city or ship. Maybe a reaserch facility. I don't think I'd like to be in charge of a lot of stuff like a city, but I would enjoy researching. Though the ships get to go places and I would like to travel in space... A research ship! And I would get a synthetic body too.
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Old Apr 4 2006, 07:03 PM   #15
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Well, if it was an option between life or death, I'd be a shellperson in a heartbeat!

But otherwise I think I'd like to be a Brawn... that just sounds rather attractive.
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Old Apr 21 2006, 04:30 AM   #16
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Hmmmmm .... I think if it came down to it, I probably would go for being placed in a Shell. As for Occupation, I would definately go fo Ship Life (Armed to the Teeth, of course ) and I'd most likely get one of the Moto Bodies as soon as I could afford it.
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I agree. If the choice was to be shelled or to die, I'd choose to be shelled, and to be a ship. The first thing I'd do would be to try and get myself a Moto-Prosthetics body, though.

Shelled, I just not ready to die yet. Under on condition I have to have a Moto-Prosthetics body. At this point in my life I need to be able to touch things.
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I think it would be interesting to be a Shellperson. I'm not sure if I'd want to be a city or a ship tho. Even tho you're limited in mobility there are so many other compensations to being a shellperson. Helva is such a wonderful example and one I'd like to think I would emulate, attitude wise that is. Hmmmm.... I'm gonna have to re-read that series now I think.
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Just think of the extra senses a shellperson has over us puny 'softshells'!
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Shell person, no doubt about it. As for my new career - it'd have to be a ship. The standard runs would pass the time while the debt was cleared, but then I'd be straight out off out into the deeps of space.
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To be a brain alive in a body that no longer responds and have the option to be a shellperson powering a ship OK I would do that.
You know, this is really a good question for Stephen Hawkings, assuming that he'd read the books of course.

Aparently my nearly 3 yr old wants to be a shell person.
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he'd've been too old, they only found out what he had when he was starting his doctorate- there was a v good program about him ages ago.- though I guess they could have found it earlier even now.
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All of us would probably be too old to join a brainship program... ALS tends to strike people in their twenties and later.
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To my mind this is a kind of 'no brainer' question.. sorry, cheryl. I know Anne mentions in the books that the psych shock is something that an adult cannot endure, but assuming for one moment that they can I can easily imagine a future where a persons brain would be removed at or slightly before the point of death and placed in a 'brain container' for allocation at a future time. I could also imagine a person carrying a card saying 'do not remove my brain when I die'... or something along those lines.

I'm not sure, given the choice if I'd go for brain ship or city brain... I must admit that being the brain on a military ship did give me goose bumps but I'd probably opt for being a library brain in preference. :-)
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I figured most people would say yes, but you never know!

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To my mind this is a kind of 'no brainer' question.. sorry, cheryl. I know Anne mentions in the books that the psych shock is something that an adult cannot endure, but assuming for one moment that they can I can easily imagine a future where a persons brain would be removed at or slightly before the point of death and placed in a 'brain container' for allocation at a future time. I could also imagine a person carrying a card saying 'do not remove my brain when I die'... or something along those lines.

I'm not sure, given the choice if I'd go for brain ship or city brain... I must admit that being the brain on a military ship did give me goose bumps but I'd probably opt for being a library brain in preference. :-)
I've forgotten the name of the story but Anne has written a story with a brain brain- It's in The Girl Who Heard Dragons
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Yes, she's researched the subject from other angles. Wasn't that particular brain partnered with a Hrruban as well?
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Yep, I liked that story- I think I started a thread on it as I was a little confused.
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yes, since I am physically handicapped now and getting worse, I would be a shell peson. I love to travel so a ship maybe, but that is very dangerous and I am not sure I am brave enough. So maybe in a lab, not sure of that.
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I think a Brainship, especially if you started young, coz at least you have a chance to adapt better to it then someone older, although having said that the possibility exists that if I was my age then and worked in the military services or similiar, I could possibly cope with it.
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I'd ship myself in a heartbeat!!! Not a question. I love the description that Nancia gives about comparing a particualr type of flying to surfing the crest of a wave. Fantastic.

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I would love to be a ship brain. I love to travel so would hate to be stuck to 1 place for long. Altho watching all the people around you grow old & die would be VERY difficult. Maybe the trick would be getting a new brawn every few years so you do not have to watch them grow old & die.
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I would love to be a ship brain. I love to travel so would hate to be stuck to 1 place for long. Altho watching all the people around you grow old & die would be VERY difficult. Maybe the trick would be getting a new brawn every few years so you do not have to watch them grow old & die.
LOL Whilst being quite careful to not accrue penalties for bouncing Brains like some of them did!!

I think that I would like to be paired for someone for a long term partnership, although make sure that they retired healthy and happy (accidents notwithstanding). I don't think that I could be a serial Brawn lover!!
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Being a "Ship" brain...I think that would be far to lonely for me...I would want to have people around me. I could feel very useful taking care of a city...like as if they were my children. You would have to be careful not to fall into the "God" syndrome...
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If I had no choice, I would want to be a Shellperson, yes. But in the city. At least there were always people around. In a ship, it would be less people and more likely more often changing people. In the city, you would have more people and more of a chance to get to know more people around you.
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I don't think I would do very well as a shell person because of the lack of human touch.
But to have the freedom of a brainship and to go anywhere I wanted...given the choice...I would try it.
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If it was at birth and a dicision had to be made, I would like someone to make me a shellperson. I do not think that the kind of math involved for a brain ship would be for me, so another duty maybe like teatcher or instructor in the city.

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As others have said, if it was between that and living my life too damaged to feel anything anyway, then you bet I'd go into a shell. I don't really think I'd enjoy being a brainship. But I'm also not sure I would enjoy running a city. If there was the need for that kind of power to run a library, but that would be overkill, so maybe some large university system, or other kind of institution.
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