|Now, in a single omnibus, the second three volumes of the Sector General series--"Ambulance Ship, Sector General, " and Star Healer"--return to print in complete and corrected editions, including a sequence ("The Spacebird") omitted from previous American editions of "Ambulance Ship."|
|From the Publisher:
Sector General: A vast hospital complex in the depths of outer space. The thousands who work there, human and alien both, have a single mission: To care for all patients, of all species. At Sector General, anything can happen-and frequently does.
James White's tales of Sector General are lively, humorous, and humane, at times shot through with a healer's anger at violence and destruction. These are endlessly inventive dramas of civility and spirituality, tempered with White's gently wicked wit and his keen eye for the remarkable in the everyday.
Now, in a single omnibus, the second three volumes of the series-Ambulance|Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer-return to print in complete and corrected editions, including a sequence ("Spacebird") omitted from previous American editions of Ambulance Ship. The volume is introduced by Hugo-winning SF writer and critic David Langford.A second omnibus edition chronicling the exploits of Sector General, an outer space hospital that treats humans and aliens alike, includes the second three novels in the series--Ambulance Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer--all in unabridged, corrected versions. Original. 12,500 first printing.
This omnibus edition collects the second three volumes of James White's epic series chronicling Sector General, the enormous outer-space hospital that serves human and alien alike. Contains the titles AMBULANCE SHIP, SECTOR GENERAL, and STAR HEALER. This return to print of the series includes "The Spacebird," a sequence in AMBULANCE SHIP previously omitted from American editions. With an introduction by award-winning SF critic David Langford.
Shortly after his birth in Belfast, James White and his family moved to Canada for several years, though they returned to Belfast before White began to attend school. After completing his education, White worked for a number of tailor shops, experiences that he would eventually use in one of his most famous (if least typical) stories, "Custom Fitting" (1976). White was an early fan of science fiction via the pages of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, and, after he met fellow fan Walter Willis, the pair decided to begin their own fanzine. The first issue of Slant appeared in 1948 and ran for 5 years; their follow-up, called Hyphen, debuted in 1952 and ran until 1965. These two 'zines, publishing new fiction along with criticism, are among the most important publications in the history of science fiction fandom (which could be very loosely defined as the community of sf readers who are not involved in the "professional" side of the field), as much for their trailblazing nature as for their irreverent humor. At the time, White was less interested in writing fiction than he was in illustrating it (he specialized in woodcuts), but by 1953, he had his first fiction sale with the story "Assisted Passage." Over the next several years, he published a number of additional short stories. In 1955, he married Margaret Sarah Martin, with whom he had, over the years, three children. His first novel, THE SECRET VISITORS, was published in 1957. That same year, White also wrote a story called "Sector General." Though the story was initially rejected and subsequently rewritten, it became the foundation for White's most well-known work, the Sector General series, which unfolds over 12 volumes (including novels and short-story collections) and a handful of individual stories. The series follows the sometimes adventurous, sometimes routine lives of the staff of a massive space hospital that caters to any and all alien species. The stories in the series are often presented in the manner of detective cases, as the doctors (who are from all different planets) try to figure out everything from the more esoteric "why is this patient ill" to more tangible issues like where are their charges' basic body parts. In addition to his series titles, White also wrote a number of highly respected books, among them, THE WATCH BELOW (1966), ALL JUDGMENT FLED (1968), UNDERKILL (1979), and THE SILENT STARS GO BY (1991). Despite his relatively prolific literary output, he continued to hold a "day job" until the mid-1980s when failing eyesight made it impossible to continue, and he began to devote more time to writing--the majority of his post-retirement writing was within the Sector General series. A highly visible figure on the science fiction convention circuit, White was president of Science Fiction Ireland and guest of honor at the 1996 Worldcon (an event commemorated by the publication of THE WHITE PAPERS, a collection of short stories and essays). Following a severe stroke, James White died on August 23, 1999, and his final two novels were published posthumously.