Hospital Station

by James White | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0708881815 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 6/11/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, June 11, 2019
I found this '60s paperback at a local Savers thrift shop, and nabbed it for another release copy. I've enjoyed other books in the "Sector General" series about Doctors In Space, including Code Blue: Emergency, and this one's a good introduction to the series.

This was lots of fun! It contains several loosely-connected tales, the first one of which introduces a character who will become the Guy In Charge in later stories - nice to see how he got there! (He's a smart guy with the face and body of a thug, so everyone thinks he's just dumb muscle; it's when he is tasked with caring for an orphaned alien the size of a full-grown hippo - and with no guidelines on its needs - that his intelligence, empathy, and knack for improvisation sees him through, in scenes that range from traumatic to hilarious!

The other stories center on another member of staff, a new doctor who has to learn the ropes - including how to manage having an alien personality temporarily installed in his own mind, to help with diagnosing and treating members of that species.

Some of the stories get pretty grim, as when a damaged ship crashes into the hospital, doing considerable damage - but the tone is generally on the light side, with the characters, of all shapes, sizes, limb-count, and planetary origin, working together to treat the sick. There are clever twists on typical hospital-drama scenarios, and I enjoyed the character development of Conway, protagonist of most of the stories. Great fun!

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

Released 4 wks ago (6/18/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Maple St. in Hopkinton, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library at Breakwind Farm on this beautiful day; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2019 Science Fiction release challenge. ***

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