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Alien Emergencies: A Sector General Omnibus [Paperback]

James White , David Langford
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  • Paperback: 606 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312877706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312877705
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice experience 4 May 2006
This book is very good value. It comprises three different novels: Ambulance Ship, Sector General and Star Healer. Besides, it includes an introduction and an essay "The Secret History of Sector General".

James White wrote a whole saga of this hughe, interstelar Hospital, fit to treat all known maladies of all known stellar species.

The main character is physician Conway, but there are other remarkable ones like his fiancee for years, the cinrusskin empath, chief psycologist O'Mara, etc. They strive to save all those "people" they can, no matter how strange and how ignorant they are of their physiology, their uses, or their circumstances. Their main interest is not only to heal, but to show through this act of good will that species can live together in peace.

One of the best things about White's novels is that they are KIND. The author himself felt strongly for tolerance and cooperation (he was an Ulster man) and this transpires in his work.

The situations are bizarre, or dramatic, but never cruel or offensive or disgusting. He writes well, at a steady pace, and the story comes out lightly, you cannot put it down.

Good value, good sci-fi, good fun, good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still OK 14 Jun 2014
By Mr M.R.Watkinson TOP 500 REVIEWER
This omnibus edition comprises books four through six in the 12 "novel" Sector General series. The series is pulp fiction throughout, increasingly poor as you get further in, but here it is still charming & enjoyable enough to be worth your time. I put "novel" in quotes because the short story-based, magazine-driven, episodic origins of the series are obvious. As, increasingly, are the author's limitations.

He doesn't simply tell you the same things over & over; he actually repeats the same chunks of text more or less verbatim. You will likely tire of reading the same descriptions of the life-form classification system, of individual species, of how Educator tapes work, of the same weak jokes that were mildly funny the first time but aren't at the sixth repetition, and so on. As for the number of times Conway, halfway through a story, is on the verge of solving the problem only to be interrupted, so that things can be dragged out to the conclusion... And that formulaic, to the point of repetitive, structure is unfortunately an inescapable feature of James White's style.

He does successfully refresh the setting by moving these stories out of Sector General itself and into the ambulance ship Rhabwar for books 4 & 5, before moving Conway around somewhat in book 6. His unrestrained inventiveness is not successfully restrained, however, which still leaves a mix of stories, some of which are wildly implausible for one reason or another, some of which are less so. It's easy, light, fluff reading, ultimately. Enjoyable enough in small doses, but the literary equivalent of oddly-flavoured candy floss!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi classic 23 Aug 2014
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I purchased these for my mother who remembered these books from years ago. She loves the stories and I am eager to get my hands on them once she has finished the book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, James White is being reprinted. 28 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
AMBULANCE SHIP, SECTOR GENERAL, AND STAR HEALER are the three stories in this volume. These are medical s/f stories. I had been trying to track down the Sector General stories that are out of print, when this was published. Unfortunately, quite a few of the stories are out of print. Even the libraries have only a few of the stories. These are books about people/aliens/things and how we may interact on a medical level. Mr. White offers viewpoints and ideas on inter-species relationships and the stories are always nicely done. The only drawback (?) is that you shouldn't read all the stories all at once. I found that if I read something different in between reading each book, the stories read better and had a little more tenseness.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Publishing Quality 8 April 2012
By GreyDay - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sector General stories by White are always good entertainment, somewhat dated short stories that they are, but the quality of this ebook edition is atrocious. It was very obviously scanned and OCR'd without even the minimum of editing as running it through spellcheck. Words run together, "l" is written as "1" and "cl" as "d", ect. It is sometimes hard to determine exactly what the word is supposed to be. Occasional paragraphs are missing or mis-ordered also. A few errors are tolerable but there are many in this edition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad this book is finally on kindle 23 Jan 2014
By R. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading James White's Sector General stories ever since I was a little kid. I've had to buy each book several times over as the cheap, acid-filled paper of the paperbacks disintegrated after about the fifth reading. This is one of the most original series in science fiction, as Mr. White is able to write entire series without ever having much of a bad guy. The conflict that makes stories interesting comes about through the characters' needing to solve complex medical riddles rather than shooting up bad guys.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 for Story , 1 for Format 21 July 2010
By Mark W Hartong - Published on Amazon.com
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These James White stories are wonderful. However the publisher needs to conduct some SERIOUS editing and proof reading. Its obvious that this hasn't been done, and it shows. Misspelled words, sentence fragments, missing words, and incorrect words abound. Having printed copies of the original works and comparing them side by side with the e-version, the lack of care that went into preparing the e-versions is VERY VERY apparent. My printed copies were getting worn, so I purchased the e-version as a possible replacement. If you have printed copies, keep them and don't waste the purchase price of the e-version.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining collection of Science Fiction stories 20 Dec 2008
By Norman Strojny - Published on Amazon.com
"Alien Emergencies: A Sector General Omnibus" is a very entertaining collection of science fiction stories concerning Sector General, a space hospital invented by the author. I always enjoyed these stories when I could find them. I recommend this book.

However, it has been a number of years since these were written and some of our customs and our social values have changed. So, there are areas where the language and behavior may seem quaint or out of date to anyone who is not yet retired. It is worth some effort to let the author take you through his stories.

The first reviewer, "A Customer", gave a good review and is correct in suggesting that you pace yourself in reading these stories. Read something else between these stories.

These stories are really good science fiction,
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