Hospital Station (Sector General, #1)

By James White

Rating: 4 stars

This is the first in White’s Sector General series about a giant multi-species hospital in space following Dr Conway from his first entry into the hospital as an intern to his rise to become a Senior Physician. While some of the medical ideas may be outdated and somewhat quaint to our eyes, the idea of a medical mystery story (or rather, stories, since this is a collection of linked stories set in the SG universe) appeals to me and works quite well.

The first story in the book is somewhat of a prequel, showing the past of the hospital’s chief psychologist, Major O’Mara and his role in its construction, while the last is probably the weakest, with Conway acting in ways that seem awfully bizarre and irrational from the outside — even once you understand what he’s doing, it still doesn’t make sense.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable space opera set in a distinctly unusual environment (which was, I understand, the intention: to be an antidote to the warmongering SF that was prevalent at the time and in that it has succeeded.

Book details

ISBN: 9780345320681
Publisher: Del Rey
Year of publication: 1962

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