I finished this set-in-space story hours ago. I'm not a fan of sci-fi, so I didn't enjoy the story. But it only just occurred to me that this story has a metaphysical side to it. The 'melding' of the pilot to be one with his spaceship in order to control it, is symbolic of the soul housed in a body / shell. The guiding system of the craft is akin to the embodiment of the Divine in the corporeal.