Gerard K. Metaclura MD, Ph.D, was a scientist. Then in one moment his life changed; the accident changed everything. Years later, Metaclura finds himself at the heart of the Mayflower, a kilometers long spaceship, speeding its way to the star Canopus, on board: 25,000 colonists eager to leave the troubles of Earth far behind. Because of the accident, Metaclura's body could not be saved, but his brain is now tied into the Mayflower's computer system, Gerard K. Metaclura is now the living computer tasked with the job of getting the colonists to their new home amongst the stars. But in the first few months of what was supposed to be a fifteen-year journey something goes wrong, the ramscoop, designed to supply the Mayflower's fusion engines with the fuel needed to get the ship up to a significant fraction of the speed of light, stops functioning, and a trip that was supposed to take a decade and a half ship-time now will not end for nearly a thousand years.
Used availability for Kevin O'Donnell Jr's Mayflies
November 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
December 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback