Star Surgeon

by James White | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0345291697 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 8/4/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, August 04, 2018
This is not an ordinary book: it's a BookCrossing book! BookCrossing books are world travelers - they like to have adventures and make new friends...and every once in a while they even write home to say what they've been doing.

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I love James White's Sector General stories, and have had this venerable paperback (with its 50¢ cover price) on my shelf for many years. I'm only able to convince myself to give it up because I have an omnibus edition which contains this volume.

Here's another copy on my BookCrossing shelf.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, August 04, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (8/6/2018 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Monday, August 06, 2018: headed for New Hampshire as a wishlist tag.

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ETA 8/27

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Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, August 24, 2018
The package containing these two "Sector General" books from my wishlist arrived safely today - many thanks! I'd enjoyed a couple of other "Sector General" books, including Hospital Station, and wanted to read more of this series about a huge interstellar hospital where the staff has to be able to treat beings of many shapes, sizes, and needs. Glad to add these titles to the list!

Later: This was a bit of a departure from the other books I've read - it's one complete story rather than the collection-of-cases format - but I enjoyed it anyway. It starts with the challenge of trying to treat a being that turns out to be effectively immortal, and which is from a species that roams through space seeking out suitable inhabited worlds to help advance - though as the story progresses we learn more about the nature of all this, and the focus shifts from the immortal to more pressing concerns: galactic war!

Yep, the usually-peaceful situation turns into a very nasty conflict, spurred by a small but aggressive empire that has its own agenda re the immortal-being and the planet Etla, with its humanoid aliens visually indistinguishable from Earthlings. Indeed, much of this story felt a lot like a "Star Trek" episode, and could easily have inspired one, up to and including the eventual and late-breaking solution to the conflict. But along the way we see the war from the viewpoint of the hospital staff, mainly Conway, who gets to help oversee the evacuation, deal with the patients who can't be moved, and then treat the victims of the escalating war - including the enemy, the treatment of whom eventually tip the balance in favor of our guys. Oh, and Conway's romance with Murchison becomes quite explicit here, a rarity for the series - though even here, any attempts at alone-time tend to be interrupted by the needs of the job, which both of them place above all else (even if they don't always like it).

One of my favorite bits involved damage to the hospital's universal-translator, without which the many species (both staff and patients) become unable to communicate at all. Conway's method of dealing with this is very risky, sometimes hilarious, and sufficiently effective that it lets the staff cope fairly well - and it's a plot-point that I wish had turned up in "Star Trek," which tended to rely absolutely on its never-failing translation technology. [One "Star Trek" feature that would have made life a lot simpler for the "Sector General" folks: "Star Trek" had transporter technology, while "Sector General" does not. This means that traveling between different areas might involve donning and doffing elaborate protective gear, swimming, plodding through extreme heat or cold or noxious gasses, and generally taking a lot of time - all part of the plot when evacuation or emergency access is involved.]

Another enjoyable entry in this remarkable series!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at The Mill in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (9/20/2018 UTC) at The Mill in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book, bagged against the elements, on a bench at The Mill, a renovated mill hosting a variety of businesses and a restaurant. The bench overlooks the river, which runs under a handsome railroad bridge. Hope the finder enjoys the book!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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