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"I think that self-limitation is the major limiting factor for most people in the world."
- Frank Herbert

Living Space Ship  
  A space ship made of a living substance, in this case cellulose.  

It was egg-shaped and perfectly smooth. There was no sign of external girders, of protruding atmospheric-navigation fins, of escape-boat blisters. It was utterly featureless save for tiny spots which might be portholes, and rocket tubes in which intermittent flames flickered. It was still decelerating to match the speed and course of the Adastra.

"Have you got a spectroscope report on it?" asked Jack.

"Yeh," replied the observations orderly. "An' I don't believe it. They're using rocket fuels - some organic compound. An' the report says the hull of that thing is cellulose, not metal. It's wood, on the outside."

...Helen gasped. A part of the side of the strange ship seemed to swell suddenly. It bulged out like a blister. It touched the surface of the Adastra. It seemed to adhere. The point of contact grew larger...

From Proxima Centauri, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1935
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Compare to the treeships from Hyperion (1989) by Dan Simmons.

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