Alien Emergencies

A Sector General Omnibus

Sector General

James White; Introduction by David Langford

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The second three volumes of James White's Sector General SF saga, in a single omnibus edition.

Sector General: A vast hospital complex in the depths of outer space. The thousands who work there, human and alien both, have a single mission: To care for all patients, of all species. At Sector General, anything can happen-and frequently does.

James White's tales of Sector General are lively, humorous, and humane, at times shot through with a healer's anger at violence and destruction. These are endlessly inventive dramas of civility and spirituality, tempered with White's gently wicked wit and his keen eye for the remarkable in the everyday.

Now, in a single omnibus, the second three volumes of the series-Ambulance Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer-return to print in complete and corrected editions, including a sequence ("Spacebird") omitted from previous American editions of Ambulance Ship. The volume is introduced by Hugo-winning SF writer and critic David Langford.

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PART 1
 
SPACEBIRD
 
 
The Monitor Corps scoutship Torrance was engaged on a mission which was both highly important and deadly dull. Like the other units of its flotilla it had been assigned a relatively tiny volume of space in Sector Nine—one of the many three-dimensional blanks which still appeared in the Federation’s charts—to fill in the types and positions of the stars which it contained and the numbers of planets circling them.
Because a ten-man scoutship did not have the facilities for handling a first contact situation, they were forbidden to land or even

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“A remarkable achievement...The argument developed in the series has lost none of its force.” —Brian Stableford

“Neat, humorous, and humane.” —The Ultimate Guide to SF on the Sector General series

“Dry wit and a glimpse into alien psychology . . . Highly recommended!”—Library Journal

“Sector General is one of the few places in SF that one would really, really like to exist.”—David Langford

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James White; Introduction by David Langford

James White lived in Northern Ireland. He was a popular writer of science fiction for over forty years. He died in 1999.

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Alien Emergencies
A Sector General Omnibus
James White; Introduction by David Langford

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
April 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312877705
ISBN10: 0312877706
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 608 pages
$22.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429982283
ISBN10: 1429982284
608 pages
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