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Hospital Station (Sector General #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,559 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Sector general is the home of many strange creatures, including humans! it is a vast sectionalized hospital, set up in space to care for all kinds of extra-terrestrials. Each section has a different atmosphere and habitat to cater for the many different species.. all the problems of the staff and patients are in this book.. how to design a spacesuit for a surgeon with eigh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 191 pages
Published August 12th 1979 by Del Rey Books (first published 1962)
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Good-natured, high quality, pacifist SF that is ideal comfort food when looking to elevate your mood into the upper range of the happy scale.

This was just what I needed.

After my recent sojourn down the depraved, uber-violent pages of Crossed, Volume 1 and the beautiful, but deeply evocative entries of Loath Letters, I was in direwolf need of a major mood lift to replenish my joy reserves and Hospital Station, along with a big, fat glass of wine, was the perfect prescription.

This is the first
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I may have over reacted but I think this book is amazing - the storyline is good, the characters were great and the concept amazing- ok I am sure with all those others out there quick to reply - but I think this book was ahead of its time. A story about a massive hospital (ok not so special) that is in space and deals with aliens (ok thats different but hardly award winning) but which treats them all with equal respect and consideration where the aliens predicament and situation is the story ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old school sci fi fans, medical futurists, med students
Recommended to Michael by: Douglas Barlowe
This book was something of a mixed experience for me, with both good and bad elements; ultimately I felt that the "good" parts were underdeveloped enough to prevent it from getting a 4th star. Like other novels of the time (I’m especially thinking of Isaac Asimov) it consists of short vignettes which are almost stories in themselves, although with a common Universe and theme. It is a science fiction novel set in the far future, when access to hyperspace travel has allowed humans to explore most ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have not been into medical fiction - not in a long, long, long time, at any rate. The first time I attempted to read medical fiction, I'd grabbed the first Robin Cook novel I laid eyes on, and after three chapters I gave up on it. It could simply have been that I picked the wrong book, or that I picked the wrong author, but it kind of turned me off of medical-related fiction for a good long while. To be fair, it might have just been because I was twelve or thirteen at the time, and hence reall ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Alien Emergencies was my introduction to the Sector General series. It contained books 6 through 8, so I could have opted to read Book 9 next but instead decided to go back to the beginning, Hospital Station. Although several of the stories do reference each other, Hospital Station is basically an anthology containing five short stories, so I'll be reviewing it as one.

All in all this was...okay. “Medic” and “Out-patient” were good, but the other stories all disappointed me a bit, for various
This is one of the most undervalued and overlooked gems in the science fiction genre.

Dr. House and ER in space.

Welcome to the Sector 12 General Hospital, the first intergalactic hospital where a multitude of species are employed and treated.


Meet the team of devoted specialists, nurses, technicians, and...


diagnosticians. (Actually, the picture is not accurate; the hospital employs not only human species). Here, all species are classified by a four-letter system, according to their natural habitat
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Fratelli Galattici

Da giovane White voleva studiare medicina. Ma la Vita non la pensava come lui. E allora, affaccendato in altre faccende, decide ugualmente di dare sfogo a questa sua aspirazione convogliando idee e concetti verso la parola scritta, partorendo racconti e romanzi, scegliendo l'Universo come unico limite e portando sulle pagine le sue idee pacifiste e scientifiche.

Qui, in Stazione Ospedale, siamo a tutti gli effetti spettatori di un contesto di vita ospedaliera sotto l'egida di un
Emperador Spock
This book (and the series) was suggested to me as an excellent example of pacifist soft science fiction. And indeed it is: pacifist and excellent. Though war kind of lingers in the background throughout the novel, and there are some flaws.

The stories in the novel present a very detailed view of the non-human species, which are actually quite distinct, and markedly non-human (so no 'humans with pointy ears or hairy faces or green tits' here) — the author invested a lot of imagination into this as
Jim Hoff
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars for this classic. I really wanted to like this one, but it never really improved for me. I thought the aliens were fairly well realized, but then I found myself comparing to another great early creator of aliens, A.E. van Vogt. I found myself comparing both the writing style and aliens to van Vogt, particularly Voyage of the Space Beagle or War Against the Rull, and neither White's style or aliens compared favorably for me. I know this review isn't about van Vogt, but he the ability to ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
This has some really fascinating ideas in it-- a hospital for many kinds of aliens (and their various gravity, atmosphere, etc. needs, to say nothing of the needs of the various medical personnel) would be fascinatingly complex. White does a good job of exploring physiological and, to some extent, cultural differences, but largely ignores gender. All of the major characters are male, and there's one insectoid supporting character who's an "it." There are a few female nurses, barely mentioned. No ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, sf
A hospital in space, home to many species, often unknown or mysterious. Each chapter is one short story of a case, you could say it's House in space, but without drugs. In theme and content it's very similar to The Voyage of the Space Beagle, both deal with using knowledge and intelligence to solve an alien problem. Unlike Space Beagle this one just isn't as much fun: the solutions work because the reader is withhold information, and then pages on pages are spent to explain the solution, the cha ...more
Kristina Andreeva
“Галактическа болница” от Джеймс Уайт за мен беше много приятно и неангажиращо четиво. Макар сюжетът да не е нещо, за което никой не може да се сети, досега не бях попадала на книга с подобна тематика. Освен това не съм много на „ти” с научната фантастика (мой пропуск) и ми се струва, че и за други хора като мен ще е чудесна, за да се запознаят и да „навлязат” в жанра.
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The writing is a little uneven, but the overall concept, s space station hospital that treats a variety of life-forms, is solid and interestingly presented. Each chapter is a short story linked yo the previous one, rather that a novel presenting a single plot. Each story starts with a problem and ends with a unique solution, often requiring major out of the box thinking by the main character.
Minus jedna gwiazdka za to, że choć akcja dzieje się w dalekiej przyszłości na olbrzymiej stacji kosmicznej, to więcej bohaterów ma macki, sześć odnóży albo oddycha chlorem niż używa rodzaju żeńskiego. Sigh.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Una sorta di "Dr. House" in versione SF, con una gradevole vena ironica che rende la lettura molto scorrevole. Lo stile però è molto lineare, senza virtuosismi degni di nota.
Another book I'll have to keep posted for a while: but not as long as the others, since this is the earliest collection, though it doesn't necessarily have the oldest stories by internal chronology.

I MEDIC The Third Sector General story (next after "Accident", which is in the eponymous Sector General.

The large, muscular, and ugly o'Mara has gotten bored being constantly relegated to 'sustained, heavy labor'. So while working on the assembly of Sector 12 General Hospital, he does a little psychol
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: positive-sci-fi
After reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) I was looking for other similarly positive sci-fi, and some place recommended this one.
It's old, I think from some time in the '50s or '60s. So it has a lot of the "we can solve everything, and science and technology are good and will help us" mentality of that time, and in a way that was really, really refreshing. However, even though the book makes every effort to be open minded about alien species and ~gasp~ female equality,
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-en
I won't kid anyone - a book where the most notable female is a dinosaur whose gender is not really discussed (but it has psi abilities!) would hardly be a bestseller today, but truth is, I had lots of fun.
I like the characters. They annoyed me in a good way. I might be really soft judging this book, because sometimes I wasn't happy with the writing, but you can't dislike the world, the hospital, the system the story presents you.
Overall, 4*
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories mark the beginning of a classic science fiction series. They hold up very well, and I would love to see a television series about Sector General. Think of the fun the FX team would have!
Ralph Carlson
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this around 1962 when it was first published. An excellent read. It stands up well even after all these years.
This is a book really of short stories (sharing location, characters, etc). It is uneven, but shows promise. I will have to read more.
Началото и краят бяха много добри. Четивна и с обещаващо развитие, но на места ми беше твърде фантастична, някои наименования бяха излишно неразбираеми.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant classic science fiction. Wonderful character development. Clever problem solving adventures. One of those books you read again and again over the years with satisfying delight.
James Rickett
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the early books in the Sector General series, and one of the best.
Simon Mcleish
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in April 2002.

This is the earliest of White's long running Sector General series about a hospital in space and, though billed by Del Rey as a Sector General novel, it is in reality a collection of closely linked novelettes with a more distantly related prologue. This is set during the construction of the hospital, designed to serve as the principal medical research centre in galactic Sector Twelve, home to many alien races each with their own peculiarities, p
First book in the Sector General series. It's a fix-up of five short stories set in a huge galactic hospital, where patients from many alien races are treated. The staff is also composed of professionals from many alien species. We do not find out how this works exactly, from a worldbuilding point of view: who pays for this hospital? Who are the patients, those who happen to be near it or do patients come from all over the galaxy?

Because of this series, James White is sometimes regarded as the f
Roddy Williams
James White is best known for his tales of Sector General, a vast deep-space hospital designed to replicate the environments of scores of aliens, a place to practice and teach xenobiological medicine.
The series begins with this book and starts with the story of O’Mara, contracted to work on the construction of the hospital and by dint of unorthodox methods of motivating a colleague and the challenge of simultaneously babysitting an enormous alien orphaned baby, is offered the post of Chief Psych
Sector General is a series of twelve science fiction books and various short stories by the Northern Irish author James White. The series derives its name from the setting of the majority of the books, the Sector 12 General Hospital, a huge hospital space station located in deep space, designed to treat a wide variety of life forms with a wide range of ailments and life-support requirements, and to house an equally-diverse staff. The Hospital was founded to promote peace after humanity's first i ...more
A fun read. More like a series of episodes/short stories than a proper novel, hence my shelving it under "short story collection." The niggling questions mostly held off until I was finished, so it was pretty enjoyable so long as I didn't think too much about the technical side of things--like, how the heck did they rig a translator for an alien who spoke a totally unknown language? That goes beyond the realm of technical wizardry into actual wizardry. But it didn't take itself too seriously, so ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
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 pr
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“At the end of the second week they were still working and Arretapec, Conway and their patient were being talked, whistled, cheeped and grunted about in every language in use at the hospital.” 1 likes
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