There was a sci-fi book a book I saw about 10 years ago, that featured a society of people where (I think) some chose to become parts of spacecraft. I was very young at the time so i only remember fragments of the story.

There was a girl who was one of these people and was a part of a ship. These people could talk through the ship but were sort of a part of the engine. I think near the end of the book, the ship crashes and the captain tried to save her, but didn't know where in the ship she was located. I think she guided him to her but it was difficult for her to survive outside of the space craft, I do not know if she died or not.

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    There is a whole list of works using this trope: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainship
    – vsz
    Apr 26 '15 at 12:47
  • An alternative answer could be the webcomic The Jain's Death by Patrick Farley, about a girl who dies and is reborn as a spaceship. Not sure how old it is, but probably at least ten years.
    – Mr Lister
    Apr 26 '15 at 17:26
  • I see the right answer has been found already, but the computer game Homeworld also happens to match, where a protagonist "was integrated into the Mothership".
    – Letharion
    Apr 27 '15 at 6:32

This might be very well one of the Brain&Brawn series (by Anne McCaffrey et.al.). I have just read the first (and most famous) installement The Ship who Sang.

The "brain" in the series name refers to a human brain (I think in the series it's mostly girls/womens brains) that command a starhip, the "brawn" is a crewmember/companion who does the things that require walking around.

In The Ship Who Sang the brains are selected from handicapped infants (as an alternative to being euthanized), but at least one later volume has a older child consciously choosing a career as brainship.

Can't remember anything about a crash, but "The Ship who Sang" is probably the most prominent example of the "brainship" trope, so if you're interested in that idea the series might be worth a look in any case.

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    That's it!! Thank you so much :)
    – Archer_z
    Apr 26 '15 at 12:00
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    @Archer_z Don't forget to accept the answer. Apr 26 '15 at 12:07
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    One of the later sub-stories in SWS, is about the ship crashing on a planet.
    – SteveED
    Apr 26 '15 at 16:56
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    Except they aren't build into the ship. They have a life support capsule that normally remains in the ship but it's not actually part of the ship--it can be removed if need be. And that girl who chose the brainship path did so because she became a quadriplegic. Apr 26 '15 at 19:18

This sounds like the story 'Weather' from the short story collection 'Galactic North' by Alastair Reynolds. In the story, a Conjoiner female (Weather) is discovered on a ship, and taken back to the ship of the boarders. There Weather reveals that the Conjoiner starship engines contain a human brain. The brain is failing, and Weather allows herself to be merged with the machine, fixing the problem.



Eike Pierstorff's answer is entirely correct - that is the Brainship series (sometimes known as Brain & Brawn). The scene you described is probably from the third book in the series: The Ship Who Searched, which happens to be my favorite of them.

In the scene in question, the captain (the brawn) had left his ship to observe a group, and the ship (the brain) got buried under an avalanche while he was gone. When he tried to get back, he got lost, and had to be navigated back to her. I think he also got stuck in the snow tunnel and she had to keep talking to keep him from losing it, but it's been a while and I'm not certain.

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