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Star Surgeon Paperback – November 1, 2006

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Alan Edward Nourse was an American science fiction (SF) author and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aegypan (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598180657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598180657
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,519,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Star Surgeon tells the story of Dal Timgar, the first alien ever to graduate from the universally prestigious earth medical schools. To become a full-fledged star surgeon, Dal must first fight the prejudices of his superiors, and then the rigors of an interstellar emergency. This book represents Alan Nourse at his best. Writing about a subject dear to his heart (he was a doctor himself), he created a very entertaining Sci-Fi story.
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By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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I found the star surgeon's character well developed by the author. The detail provided of the surgeon's thoughts and feelings were more then enough to enable me to strongly identify with him and the plot had plenty of variety to keep the story interesting. I read this in about 1964 while in the 7th grade and greatly enjoyed it.
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First, I believe several Star Trek concepts may have been based on some part of this book (then again, I'm not well versed in Sci Fi so Nourse may have based these element on Campbell or someone else even earlier, so if I didn't get this totally right someone with more savvy set the record straight).
The hero, who is of a different race making this book about how alien we preceive aliens, also has a empathic relationship with a little creature that sits on his shoulder and is awfully much like a Tribble.
Also the concept of an intellegent parasite and sybolic relationships pre-date Star Trek Next Generation and Deep Space Nine concepts of the Trill as well as Stargate concepts of the Gu-a-uld.
This book will teach young readers that things aren't always as they appear and that you have to dig deeper and look beyond the superficial!
It also teaches them not to use a crutch!
Some very advanced concepts for even adult sci-fi, but aimed at an audience 9 - 14 years old.
Good, intellegent reading.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Space opera creators tend to focus on military commanders and revolutionary leaders, plucky adventurers and scrappy underdogs. Until I read "Star Surgeon" I never considered what an entire story based on intergalactic medicine might look like. Turns out doctors are as complex, imaginative, and just plain fun to sail the stars with as any other hero, with the boldest mission yet: not only to seek out new life, but to save it as well.

"Star Surgeon" is also unique in choosing to cast an alien character in the principle narrative role. Dal Timgar grew up on Garv II with dreams of one day becoming a physician like the brave doctors of Hospital Earth. But there's a problem: only Earth men have every been trained to serve as doctors in the Galactic Confederation of Worlds. Dal faces challenges along the way, some from enemies, some from friends, and some from the hardest person in the universe to fight: himself.

Alan E. Nourse, a physician himself, establishes the narrative's tone early on. Upon graduating from medical school Dal is summoned to appear before a grand council of doctors to review his credentials. The problem? Even though he arrived early the plane takes off without him. An unsympathetic airport worker dismisses his needs because "Only graduates can get reservations this time of year," and Dal, obviously a foreigner with his spindly frame and gray fur, couldn't possibly be one of them. Watching the other doctors leave for their assignments sinks Dal's spirits even lower. It's Golden Age scifi info dumping, sure, but in its finest form: establishing backstory and characterization all at the same time, and instantly endearing Dal to the reader.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book originally as an adolescent, and later began to understand that this was really a book about racism and its evils. Its theme got me thinking early in life about what happens when a person is disenfranchised solely because of the way they look. The book is well written and it got me seriously interested in the whole realm of speculative/science fiction, which remains to this day, nearly 40 years later. I sure would like to see "Star Surgeon" by Alan E. Nourse reprinted so I could have a copy for my permanent library!
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Alan E. Nourse's Star Surgeon is a book I first read while in elementary school, checking it out from the library. I loved it then, and have always had fond memories of the book, and was delighted to be able to download it to my Kindle. I would very much like to get a digital copy of Nourse's Rocket to Limbo as well.
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I first encountered this book when I was six or seven. It was the first novel that I read (mostly on my own!). A few days ago, I stumbled on it again while reorganizing my mother's extensive library of sci-fi and fantasy. Though I am now a college student and a writer, the book holds the same appeal to me now as it did when I was a child. It's one of a very select few that tells a story from an alien's POV. I could see as I read where the seeds of interest in science fiction, other life forms, and medical sciences had been sewn so many years ago.

This book has something for everyone, I think, since I can still enjoy it as much at 21 as I did at 7.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As an adult who has read a LOT of science fiction over the years, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was surprised to find it aimed at young readers. The author leads first one way, then another, then a third, thereby keeping the reader engaged until a very satisfying conclusion. A classic "space opera", I'm going to recommend it to my SF book club. (My copy from some months ago didn't include the 2 free stories, so I can't speak about those.)
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