By James White

The second one 3 volumes of James White's quarter common SF saga, in one omnibus edition.Sector common: an enormous clinic complicated within the depths of outer house. The hundreds of thousands who paintings there, human and alien either, have a unmarried undertaking: To take care of all sufferers, of all species. At area common, whatever can happen-and usually does.James White's stories of region basic are full of life, funny, and humane, from time to time shot via with a healer's anger at violence and destruction. those are eternally creative dramas of civility and spirituality, tempered with White's lightly depraved wit and his willing eye for the notable within the everyday.Now, in one omnibus, the second one 3 volumes of the series-Ambulance send, zone basic, and megastar Healer-return to print in entire and corrected versions, together with a chain ("Spacebird") passed over from prior American variants of Ambulance send. the quantity is brought via Hugo-winning SF author and critic David Langford.

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Ted Carnell said that it lacked a coherent plot; that the principal character, Doctor Conway, simply drifted into and out of medical situations without solving his main problem—the ethical conflict in his mind between the militaristic Monitor Corps, which maintained the hospital, and its intensely pacifist medical staff; and that the whole thing was so episodic that it resembled an interstellar Emergency Ward 10, a very corny British TV hospital series of the time. Comparing that series to my story was surely the unkindest surgical incision of all!

The creature’s problem was that it had suffered a trauma that had caused it to withdraw from all outside contact and it was slowly dissolving into water; and water turned out to be the solution in both senses of the word. The next story featured a jump backwards in time to the period when the hospital was under construction, and the central character was O’Mara, who was later to become its Chief Psychologist. This was followed by a story that featured a patient with a most distressing collection of symptoms, which Conway steadfastly, and against all the advice and direct orders of his superiors, refused to treat.

Virtually all the hospital’s top medical consultants, the eccentric Diagnosticians, are nonhuman. When a roving ambulance ship is introduced, it’s named Rhabwar after a great doctor from the history of its Tralthan FGLI builders. ” In three later novels beginning with Code Blue—Emergency (1987), the viewpoint characters are aliens who are not only as likeable as the human medics but every bit as accident-prone. Real equality includes the equal right to make blazing mistakes. Another notable and fruitful series prop is Sector General’s system of Educator tapes, which help prepare doctors for other-species surgery by uploading the skills of an expert from the relevant world.

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