Alien emergencies: a sector general omnibus by James White

By James White

The second one 3 volumes of James White's zone common SF saga, in one omnibus edition.Sector basic: an unlimited clinic advanced within the depths of outer house. The millions who paintings there, human and alien either, have a unmarried project: To deal with all sufferers, of all species. At zone common, something can happen-and often does.James White's stories of area common are energetic, funny, and humane, every now and then shot via with a healer's anger at violence and destruction. those are without end creative dramas of civility and spirituality, tempered with White's lightly depraved wit and his willing eye for the extraordinary within the everyday.Now, in one omnibus, the second one 3 volumes of the series-Ambulance send, quarter basic, and big name Healer-return to print in whole and corrected variations, together with a series ("Spacebird") passed over from past American variations of Ambulance send. the quantity is brought by way of Hugo-winning SF author and critic David Langford.

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Without too overtly giving away surprises, it can be said that most of Ambulance Ship and Sector General see our man working his way thoughtfully around two pet concepts which crop up elsewhere in the sequence. One is best phrased as a question: is there any inherent biological or physical handicap to space travel which sufficient intelligence and ingenuity cannot overcome? Series readers will remember that a certain immodest alien in Major Operation, whose deeply weird physiology should have trapped him for life on the sea bed, is first encountered as an orbiting astronaut.

The indications are that the large punctured wound was inflicted by a meteorite collision some time after the disease, that is the barnacles and coating material were in position. The coating which flowed into and across the wound, effectively sealed it. “As well,” she continued, “these tests show that a very complex chemical form of suspended animation—not just hypothermia—was used and that it was applied organ by organ, almost cell by cell, by micro-injections of the required specifics. ” said Conway, “and the evidence of charring under the coating in the areas behind the wings?

Yes, ma’am,” said Brenner, his voice registering surprise that there was an Earth-human female inside the bulky suit. “I assumed that, lacking information on its planet of origin, you might want to know if there were any safe atmospheric compositions in which it could be examined—I was assuming that, being a bird, it needed an atmosphere to fly in and that it had been dumped in space because of its diseased condition…” Listening, Conway could not help admiring the smooth way in which Murchison was getting the Corps medic to tell them about the things he had done wrong.

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