Madge was dead, and I didn't care if I lived either. That's why I signed with this cutthroat, ore-grabbing shipping company, snatching thonon from Saturn's Ring. No more desire left in me than in the cold metal of this ship...
Spaceship Named Desire
Desire is a unique word in the English language and a powerful motivator for human beings. But what happens when you take away a Star Ship Captain's desire and send him out to space. Captain Price knows that feeling well. Staring down the barrel of a single malt Scotch, Price has time to think; To dwell on how much he misses the love of his life. Price lets his crew know that he is not to be messed with. He calls it, breaking a man, usually with his brick sized fists. But it is all for show. Loneliness and helplessness is the feeling that binds the hours between waking up and passing out.
S. J. Byrne has written an excellent short story within the pages of Flying Saucers from Other Worlds. Spaceship Named Desire runs from pages 14-27 and was published in 1957. But don't let the age get in your way of a good read as it ticks many of our favorite sci-fi boxes. Let's see... it is set in space, has a strange ship with a mutinous crew, and they are on a flight to pilfer the precious thonon from under the noses of the mining company, Titan. In the end, Captain Price finds desire out in deep space.
This space adventure story has a similar swashbuckling approach to space as ST:TNG Dyson Sphere, and the Elite Imprint, both from the early 1990s. We award this short story one Angry Alien™.