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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812568605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812568608
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another of this Northern Ireland authors fine yarns about the huge, multispecies space hospital, Sector General (Mind Changer, 1998, etc). This time, a hospital rescue ship with Senior Physician Prilicla, the timid, frail, empathic insectile Cinrusskin, on board, hurtles into space in response to no fewer than three distress beacons. Oddly, as the rescuers approach the first distressed ship, its crew frantically rejects help and instead sends the ship diving suicidally toward a nearby planet, where it crashes. Among the injured aliens is what may be a nonorganic life-form, though it may be dead. A nearby ship, apparently inert, turns out to be a ship-killer that also destroys computers. In this top-notch medical/psychological puzzle, Prilicla must sift the conflicts between two previously unknown alien races and the nonorganic druuland then reach a correct diagnosis. White renders his weird aliens and their bizarre, precarious interactions with utter conviction: a splendid series, a worthy addition. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A splendid series, a worthy addition."--Kirkus Reviews

"Sector General fans old and new will enjoy, enjoy."--Booklist

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The James White Sector General Novels are so well done.
Katherine Keough
Granted, this has been known to go wrong, sometimes spectacularly (see _The Genocidal Healer_), but at least they err on the side of compassion.
Michele L. Worley
With most of the cast gone, most of the tics and quirks that characterized the early novels are gone, leaving only the problem and the solution.
Michael Battaglia

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another wonderful book from James White in his Sector General Series. Unfortunately,he passed away right after the book was written. The Sector General novels have been great fun to read, reminding me of the "old" sci-fi style of books. What made his book so interesting was the mix of aliens in his books and how they worked together in a medical setting to help other species. Some of his ideas were great! If you get a chance to read this book, I say start from the beginning of the series if you can get the books and enjoy yourself. This is his last book and I am sad to think another Sector General novel will not happen since he has passed away. Bless him!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin Croft on August 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are a fan of the Sector General series then you will welcome the latest addition. As usual it presents a first contact situation but this time with not one but two new races at the same time. Interestingly the story this time is told from the point of view of Dr Prilicla and offers some new insights into this character which has formerly offered support without taking the central role.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on May 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sadly, this is the last Sector General story, published posthumously.
After _Star Healer_, White never again used Conway as the viewpoint character. This story is from the viewpoint of his old friend Prilicla, the spider-like empath, who like Conway has been groomed for years (without his knowledge) for eventual Diagnostician status, if only he can overcome his empath's aversion to being assertive, with the subsequent risk of having unpleasant emotional radiation turned back on him. (In other stories Prilicla is referred to as a neuter "it", in keeping with polite cross-species standards, but from his own viewpoint he's referred to as "he".)
After all these years, White still finds new things to tell us about Prilicla, especially from his point of view: the only member of his species at Sector General. For instance, we always knew that he was fragile, but did you know that he uses up so much energy that every few hours he *has* to sleep? (He'll pass out on duty otherwise, but everyone knows it so it doesn't happen.) His empathic talent is exceptionally strong even for his own people; and by his own standards, he thinks he's pretty well crazy, from a culture where cowardice is considered necessary for sanity. Mind you, he doesn't *care*; life on Cinruss was boring. :)
Prilicla is still assigned to Rhabwar, having taken over when Conway was promoted, and due to the nature of interstellar travel, Rhabwar in its job of answering distress calls is the most frequent means of making first contact with newly encountered starfaring species. On the present occasion, Rhabwar will make not one, but two first contacts.
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By Katherine Keough on May 17, 2014
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The James White Sector General Novels are so well done. I keep hoping that someone will finally turn them into a TV series, now that technology would make it possible to create the characters.
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