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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  16 reviews

The passengers were the usual varied lot, some nervous, some boisterous, some smart-aleck, some quiet.

The ship's Medical Officer was brand new and didn't anticipate having to do much more than take care of a few queasy stomachs and bruises among his charges--from learning how to handle weightlessness..

It was a routine trip.

And so was the safety drill.

Until the dis
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 22nd 1974 by Corgi Books (first published January 1st 1960)
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Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspense like a disaster movie. When a spaceship's nuclear engine begins to meltdown and the captain's seriously injured, passengers are grouped into several bubble-like life boats. The medical officer is assigned to monitor them from his own life-pod, and various dramatic situations arise. Suspense builds. Some might find the plot a bit formulaic, but most parts are very interesting and the author keeps it tight, and his medical knowledge adds authenticity. A fast, easy, entertaining read. Almo ...more
P.S. Winn
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The name pretty much tells the story, bit this book is also a look into what people will do when faced with a dire situation.
Riletto dopo più di quaranta anni non mi ha detto più tanto come una volta.
Luca Mollo
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naufragio trasparente racconta la storia di una nave spaziale inaffondabile in rotta verso Ganimede, il principale satellite di Giove.
Poco dopo la sua partenza, tuttavia, una avaria costringe l'equipaggio a dare il segnale di abbandonare la nave; i passeggeri si ritrovano quindi in sfere gonfiabili che viaggiano alla deriva, senza poter comunicare tra loro.
L'unica persona che può aiutarli a mantenere la calma e a raggiungere un punto di ritrovo prestabilito è Mercer, l'ufficiale medico inizialme
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Short but interesting sic-fi novel about the build-up to a spaceship-wreck, and the aftermath of that event, as various passengers and crew battle for survival. The "science" involved is pretty hilarious, but it was written in a different era, so no use holding that against White. His protagonist is a "space doctor" who is treated more like a steward on this particular Titanic, and you can probably guess most of what happens once it gets going. Though it's more explicit about the more primal iss ...more
Sean Randall
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Having never kept me on the edge of my seat, I've still enjoyed lots of James White's work. This one was interesting from a character psychology viewpoint: though most of White's stuff I've read paints his characters in a very soap opera niche, these seemed a little flatter. But that worked to advantage when the lifeboat part of the story kicked in. so, yes, fairly enjoyable, though nothing earthshatteringly superb. ...more
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
A decent outing by White, following his usual pattern: design some tech *really badly*, put people in a situation where they have to rely on it, then watch what happens when the tech fails.

Although this one does again have Doctors! In! Space!, it's not related to the Sector General series, as far as I can tell.
Beverly Winningham
This is a "food for thought" book. Reminded me of "lord of the flies" . The author, James White, wrote books about medical care of aliens, such as "Hospital Station" and follow ups. Would like to read them all. My local library is unable to find any of them. I read them in the late 70's and early 80's. I don't know when they were written. ...more
Tommy Verhaegen
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper_nl, sci-fi
Fantastische schrijver. Dit is een stand-alone verhaal dat niets met Sector General (Hospitaal tussen de sterren) te maken heeft. Spannend, humor, goede afloop, een vleugje romantiek, kortom het heeft alles en is prachtig gebracht.
Nadia Z. (La Lettrice Solitaria)
Ho provato, leggendo, la stessa ansia da vuoto spaziale che ho provato vedendo Gravity. Che ansia questa lettura! Tuttavia è un ottimo racconto di fantascienza e quindi ho voluto proseguire nonostante il disagio, problema tutto mio, con queste situazioni così incerte e ansiogene!
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1983 grade A
2004 grade A+
Beverly Winningham
colonists must evacuate spaceship into pods.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting if a bit predictable in spots book. There's some interesting character development as well. I didn't want to put it down. ...more
Michele Di Maio
Interested by other White's works, I picked up this book. I can't really say I fully enjoyed this book. It has some interesting bits but I was never fully engaged by the characters or the plot. ...more
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