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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: A Spaceship Named McGuire Author: Gordon Randall Garrett Illustrator: Douglas Release Date: January 7, 2008 [EBook #24198] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A SPACESHIP NAMED MCGUIRE *** Produced by Sankar Viswanathan, Greg Weeks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net Transcriber’s Note: This etext was produced from Analog, July 1961.
Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S.
copyright on this publication was renewed. A SPACESHIP NAMED McGUIRE By RANDALL GARRETT _The basic trouble with McGuire was that, though -he- was a robot spaceship, nevertheless -he- had a definite weakness that a man might understand...._ Illustrated by Douglas * * * * * Sun Apr 02 16:37:19 2017 2 No.
Nobody ever deliberately named a spaceship that.
The staid and stolid minds that run the companies which design and build spaceships rarely let their minds run to fancy.
The only example I can think of is the unsung hero of the last century who had puckish imagination enough to name the first atomic-powered submarine _Nautilus_.
Such minds are rare.
Most minds equate dignity with dullness. This ship happened to have a magnetogravitic drive, which automatically put it into the MG class.
It also happened to be the first successful model to be equipped with a Yale robotic brain, so it was given the designation MG-YR-7--the first six had had more bugs in them than a Leopoldville tenement. So somebody at Yale--another unsung hero--named the ship McGuire; it wasn’t official, but it stuck. The next step was to get someone t...

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