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The war with the Yucks from Proxima Centauri was claimed to be a stalemate but they were really winning. The mine belts they laid seemed to propagate themselves and were slowly strangling Terran planets. How did they do that? What was their secret? The answer was baffling and the best human minds could only conclude that their ships and mines were somehow alive. So, the next desperate step was to ask "If they are using organic ships, why can't we do the same?". Thus Mr. Spaceship was conceived and carried out. But will a conscious warship do what the generals wish? Perhaps and perhaps something entirely surprising!
A great little old story and Phil does another good job with his reading of it.
In last 50 years I have watched and read various stories with this theme. Of all of them I enjoyed this the most. The writing is excellent and the reading is interesting. There is something to be said for old time sci-fi.