Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus

Beginning Operations A Sector General Omnibus Hospital Station Star Surgeon Major Operation Sector General A massive deep space hospital station on the Galactic Rim where human and alien medicine meet Its levels and thousands of staff member

  • Title: Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus
  • Author: James White Brian M. Stableford
  • ISBN: 9780312875442
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hospital Station Star Surgeon Major Operation Sector General A massive deep space hospital station on the Galactic Rim, where human and alien medicine meet Its 384 levels and thousands of staff members are supposedly able to meet the needs of the any conceivable alien patient though that capacity is always being strained as and stranger alien races turn up tHospital Station Star Surgeon Major Operation Sector General A massive deep space hospital station on the Galactic Rim, where human and alien medicine meet Its 384 levels and thousands of staff members are supposedly able to meet the needs of the any conceivable alien patient though that capacity is always being strained as and stranger alien races turn up to join the galactic community Sentient viruses, interspecies romances, undreamed of institutional catering problems it all lands on Sector General s doorstep And the only thing weirder than a hitherto unknown alien species is having a member of that alien species turn up in your Emergency Room BOOK JACKET.

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    1. I found a small, unassuming mass market member of this series at the library, probably because "White" is awfully close to "Zelazny." That was back in the old days when inter-library loan was a serious pain in the butt, so I discovered new reads by eyeballing Every Single Book in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section. Because how else would I know it was there? The only way was to use these paper cards and that's how you found out if the library had that book (the cards were typewritten, no less, and somet [...]

    2. Years ago when I was a member of the SFBC, I ordered three omnibus editions of the Sector General stories. I read them one right after another, and then they held down my bookcase until last year when I decided to bring them down to where I live now. They've been holding down the bookcase here ever since, but the way 2016 ended, I thought it would be appropriate to begin 2017 in deep space. So I have begun my second journey on my James White omnibuses. (Sounds weird, but that is the plural form; [...]

    3. Reading Beginning Operations is the most fun I have had with a scifi book in a long time. It was like M.A.S.H in space, though with a furry, teddy bear-like creature instead of Radar. The General Sector hospital is definitely a place I would love to visit, with its fascinating setup, interesting characters and exciting adventures. The aliens are creative and well-drawn and the whole concept of the hospital and its working really intrigued me. There is translation equipment for all patients and s [...]

    4. There are plenty of locales in fiction that seem like fun places to at least visit, if not live. There's everyone's favorite Middle-Earth, Jack Vance's Dying Earth, David Zindell's Neverness or even M John Harrison's Viriconium, places that are so well-realized that it seems a shame we can't pop over and hang out there for a bit.Hospitals are probably the last places that ANYONE wants to visit just for kicks, so I have to give James White credit for making this one enticing at least. Sector Gene [...]

    5. I highly recommend these books as they are wonderfully original in the world of sci-fi as they delve into a complex, alien medical universe. Not many interesting, medical sci-fi books out there. Think of it as a hybrid CSI/ER/Star Trek: DS9 set in space. Just an absolutely fantastic series to read.The series, as a whole, is not without its flaws. There is a great deal of repetition. At times, whole paragraphs are regurgitated in most, if not all, the books with only minor adjustments when descri [...]

    6. You know, I was really enjoying this - pacifist SF is unusual, and it has some great aliens - and then, halfway through the second book of the omnibus, he drops a misogyny bomb. I'm sorry, but if you can imagine spider-like chlorine-breathing aliens being people but not human women, you fail not only at SF but also at realism. And (some) male writers were noticing that women were people in every period from classical history onwards, so 1963 is not an excuse.

    7. What a great set of stories. It's very much the TV show ER meets Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, meets the Asimov robot series (where two guys solve a whole bunch of robot problems that nobody else can figure out). It's obviously dated - especially with its treatment of human women. However, some of the technology, the humanism, and themes are very relevant in 2017. The 4-letter system they use to classify sentient beings (who, by the way, all refer to themselves as "human" in their own language) is [...]

    8. Medical mysteries in spaaaaace. Think the TV show House, if all the patients were aliens and the main character was even more sexist. It's all quite a bit silly, and I'm not sure if I was meant to be taking it more seriously than I was. Come on, levitating dinosaurs?This is tough book to rate, because some of the biological ideas are fantastic, but everything else is so dated; moreover, the whole thing is marred by bad, repetitive prose. The worst is the sexism, and the other little 1960s "it's [...]

    9. Good, old-fashioned science fiction, focusing more on ideas and ingenious ways to solve problems than character development. Imagine a medical show (House MD/ER style without the soap opera, just with the diagnosis problems) set in space, with patients of alien origin of all shapes and sizes.

    10. A little old fashioned (turns out that the first stories were published in the mid fifties or thereabouts). But otherwise right up my alley. A little like the show House MD in space. Medical and xenobiological mystery of the day.

    11. Book #: 8Title: Beginning OperationsAuthor: James WhiteCategory: Popsugar Basic: A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get toRating: 4 out of 5 starsJames White wrote a series called Sector General, about a multi-species interstellar hospital dealing with the problems of treating patients from a wide variety of environments suffering from a wide variety of ailments. The stories are clever and well-written and I intend to track down the rest of the series.The novel is actually an omnibus ed [...]

    12. I've always loved the Sector General stories. It's nice to have them collected in one place. It's not a deep read, but they're fun, and the concept of all-lifeform medical drama space is interesting.

    13. Good, classic, golden age science fiction. Well imagined medical fiction, focusing on the doctors of Sector General Hospital, as they treat very strange aliens.

    14. This is basically House meets Star Trek: bizarre medical mysteries faced by a crack team of human and alien doctors in a staggeringly huge intergalactic hospital, a joyful sense of wonder, a delight in problem solving, and a belief that we have the capacity to get through the Cold War, get our act together as a species, and get into space without obliterating ourselves.This is clearly the start of White's writing career: in the beginning, he has a nasty habit of having his protagonists shout "Eu [...]

    15. The Sector General series is one of my favourite series in the world, and while I love all three of the stories in this omnibus. Major operation was the first Sector General story I ever read, so I have a special soft spot for it, but it and the very first story, Hospital Station are actually the weakest in the series. They aren't really bad, its just they're early works (both in the series and the authors career) and so they're a little shaky. In Hospital Station especially there are a few deta [...]

    16. I first encountered a reference to this series in the brilliant Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials:After I found the first six books in the form of two omnibus anthologies, I decided to give it a try. Though dated in terms of its Earth-human doctor and nurse stereotypes, the three novels in this omnibus certainly provide interesting depictions of authentically alien life-forms, especially given the context of medical emergencies and learning xenobiology on the fly. I look forward to enjoying t [...]

    17. Fun and fast, this collection of the first three Sector General books is at once progressive and regressive. Progressive as it envisions an egalitarian future where wildly different species and races work together for the betterment of all, and regressive in it's attitudes towards women. The author seems determined to make us aware that his protagonists are real men who are rather distracted by the attractive nurses (no female doctors - at least not human doctors that is) and a healthy desire to [...]

    18. I had vague memories of liking the Sector General books as a kid and wanted to revisit them. I still think the entire concept of stories where the conflict is figuring out how to heal strange alien life forms instead of fighting them is great, and he did come up with a lot of very weird and interesting aliens. But looking at the books now, they're also terribly dated and awful about women and Conway is kind of an asshole, and the formula of him pulling the answers out of nowhere at the last minu [...]

    19. This book is more Star Trek than Star Trek. It has all the optimism, the general faith in goodness of Trek, but is unhampered by the constraints of special effects and pacing that an hour TV show has.In fact, the author sets himself a challenge Trek never did - there are no villains, only practical problems and the occasional misunderstanding. Not just humans, EVERY sentient is innately good in White's world.The boundless optimism of this book makes it stand apart from any other in the genre I c [...]

    20. While there were interesting concepts there were times that the stories felt rushed - a big build up then a quick, "well it's fixed, let's move on."The blatant sexism was really jarring. Casual comments were made that today would at a minimum get you sent to HR, or fired for sexual harassment. Only near the end were women treated as more than objects.The military aspects of the stories seemed hopelessly naive. An officer on the attacking side finds out that his government lied, and all of a sudd [...]

    21. Composite "omnibus" of 3 Sector General books. Includes absolutely excellent discussion / analysis by Brian Stableford of the Sector General series: this is a must-read for anyone reading or thinking about reading one of the stories. Then, the first story is how O'Mara started at Sector General. As such, it precedes the Conway stories in Sector General's chronology. I wish I could find the whole book somewhere to see if the subsequent chapters have more about O'Mara. But, no matter what, the sam [...]

    22. Rereading a classic for the dozenth time. It is a bit dated in handling of female characters, which bothers me more now than it used to. Specifically, all the nurses that were mentioned as having gender were female, and all doctors male. Earth human females were supposedly not capable of sharing their minds with alien memories the way the doctors had to do regularly, because they were too fastidious or something. Other than that, it was quite enjoyable and I will likely reread the rest of the se [...]

    23. I've read this series before, many years ago, and I remember it being brilliant. Alien aliens, doctoring made into interesting mysteries, as well as psychology, quirky characters and plots worth reading.It's still all of those things. It's also sexist as all get out. Women are nurses, not doctors. Women can't be doctors. And the nurse love interest is referred to as 'my baby girl'. It's enough to make me gag.Plus the stories seem slower, which I suppose is due to the difference in writing style. [...]

    24. Again, it's interesting to look at the changes in gender - Murchison written in 1971 is now of a comparable professional level to Conway. The novel also ends hurriedly, probably a word count limitation in the original magazine publication.Overall, Sector General still works as basic space opera. The technology could use some updating but it could be published today with reasonable success.

    25. Good book, terrible editingI read the Kindle version and it is obvious that a proofreader never so much as glanced at this work. This was written so long ago, but the author's imagination and sense of social norms, justice and injustice bring this series to life for multiple generations to enjoy.

    26. Well, that took longer than I thought. I blame Tom Waits. I liked that weird-alien space opera aspect of the novels. I even didn't mind when his science (esp. with dinosaurs) was completely off the mark. My only real problems with stylistic - the prose was clearly dated, and he has a tendency to repeat information, even in the full novels that were not story collections.

    27. Pretty good 1960s sci fiThis is an interesting piece of work that feels at once very much part of its time and yet apart from it. A space opera very much in the tradition of the scientist-hero Big Problem genre, it has very little swashbuckling and a rather inclusive and even pacifistic message. Worth the read for its own merits and for insight into a changing field.

    28. Unfortunately, as with many older audiobooks, the production quality was so bad that I had to abandon the book. Unbalanced sound levels and excessive squeaking on the 'ss' sounds.Not a reflection on the content of the book

    29. A strange and wonderful book about the activities in an intergalactic hospital, where beings of many different species are treated for various ailments. There are methane-breathers, sentient beings that look like giant caterpillars, and a really inspiring inter-species love story.

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