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    James White(Author)

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • James White(Author)
  • Futura Orbit; New Ed edition (May 15, 1986)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Clarasdaughter on January 6, 2014

    If you like a bit of action, a hospital in space with lots of e-ts requiring different environments, and dedicated medical staff trying to treat wildly different conditions (often at great peril to themselves) in a far-distant future, this series is for you. Check the publication dates and read them in order if you can (there is character development and there are relationships that continue throughout the series). Of course they can be read out of sequence; but if you like the first one, you will have a delicious time reading the many books in the series. White is a gentle author: he likes his characters and I do too.

  • By Katherine Keough on March 8, 2014

    If you have not had the pleasure of reading the Sector General books by James White, than you have a real treat in store for you.

  • By Richard B. Strauss on May 20, 2015

    Great SciFi Series. Exciting without usually outer space battles.

  • By Ste Cork on November 4, 2016

    I've been reading sci-fi for decades. This is quite simply one of the best books I've ever read. Even thinking about one of the sections towards the end gets me all onion-eyed every time. Part of me wants to see a movie of it, but the other part knows they'd never be able to do it justice without spending a fortune on it and breaking it up into multiple films. I'd rather it was untouched than a Stallone-Dredd version made. Go on, at this price treat yourself. Then you'll probably be inspired to read the rest of the books in the series. Reading this one first does not spoil the others. A lot of sci-fi that was written before computers and phones etc became commonplace doesn't date well. This does.

  • By Paul Camp on January 22, 2008

    In 1957, Murray Leinster's "Med Service" appeared in _Astounding_, launching his popular series about Dr. Calhoun and his Tormal sidekick, Murgatroyd. That same year, James White's story "Sector General" appeared in the British science fiction magazine _New Worlds_, launching another science fictional medical series. I have always enjoyed Leinster's stories, but the stories by James White are far superior. One reason is the richness of the setting in the Sector General stories. Leinster's stories all take place on scattered planets. Med Service headquarters is in a kind of shadowy background. It is true that one story, "Ribbon in the Sky," has a brief scene at headquarters; but it is done so quickly that we never have a chance to visualize the setting. White takes the opposite tack. He starts by imagining the headquarters in detail. Let us suppose that we have a galaxy teeming with different life forms. Let us also suppose that we even have contact with some extra-galactic races. How will they be treated for medical problems? The answer is Sector General, a mega-sized space station shaped "like a misshapen Christmas tree." White must have had a grand time working out the details of how different races will be classified, how the corridors will be marked, what the plumbing and atmosphere pipes will be like, how the different sections for different planetary environments will be designed, how communications problems will be handled, how medical problems will be diagnosed (not always easy to do!), and what kind of treatments will be given. White has also carefully worked out the roles of different staff members at the hospital. What do the doctors and nurses of a mutitude of races do? What role does the Monitor corps (something like a military police force) play? What about the psychologist? The administrators? The chaplain? And why are diagnosticians accorded such a high status and yet at the same time looked upon as more than a little bit crazy? _Hospital Station_ (1962) is the first novel of the Sector General series and consists of the first five stories in the series, all from _New Worlds_. They are: "Medic" (originally "O'Mara's Orphan," 1960), "Sector General" (1957), "Trouble with Emily" (1958), "Visitor at Large" (1959), and "Out-Patient" (1960). The stories chronicle a span of time from when the hot-tempered construction worker O'Mara is saddled with a giant alien baby when the hospital is first being built until the time that young Dr. Conway tries a controversial treatment on a patient that causes everyone on the staff to despise him. (O'Mara, incidently goes on to become the acid-tongued head of Sector General.) In Murray Leinster's stories, the medical problem is always linked with some kind of planetary skulduggery. Not so with White's tales. Conflicts in the Sector General stories usually involve misunderstandings rather than villainies. White is depicting a background where there is a real brotherhood of races and cultures. In this respect, his stories are perhaps more like those of Hal Clement than those of Leinster. And like Clement, White has a fondness for titles with puns or double meanings. I'm betting that even armed with this knowledge you won't guess exactly where White is going until the final twist of each tale.

  • By Queen Cobra, Goddess of Truth and Justice on July 19, 2001

    The 'Hospital Station' of the title is Sector Twelve General Hospital, a multi-species, multi-enviroment hive that hangs "like a misshappen christmas tree" far out on the Galactic Rim. Originally a series of short stories the first, Medic, is a sort of prologue set during the Hospital Station's construction. In it a surly construction worker named O'Mara finds himself treating the Hospital's very first patient. 'Sector General' introduces Dr. Conway, a young, idealistic and rather naive junior physician who has a lot to learn about how the Galactic Federation and the Hospital really function. In 'The Trouble With Emily' Conway is assigned to assist a visiting VIP, Dr. Arretapec, a "levitating ball of goo" with advanced psi powers who refuses to tell Conway exactly what he is trying to accomplish with their 'patient' a perfectly healthy brontosaurian being - nicknamed Emily. In 'Visitor At Large' Conway is in charge of a pediatrics ward and has an assistant of his own; a frail, spiderlike, empathic sensitive called Prilicla. In another ward an exotic being, capable of changing form at will, is dying of an undiagnosed, untreatable condition. The usual rule against visitors is relaxed to allow the entity's child to make a farewell visit to its parent. Unfortunately the welcoming committee of strange looking aliens, including Conway and Prilicla, frightens the youngster into headlong flight. A terrified, immature being, capable of assuming any shape, lost in the multiple levels of Sector General, unable to communicate and worst of all - getting hungry... In 'Out Patient' Conway is promoted to Senior Physician and presented with a new patient; a being of unknown race that is apparently being eaten alive by some kind of cancerous growth.

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