Beginning Operations by James White

By James White

Area basic: a big deep-space clinic station at the Galactic Rim, the place human and alien drugs meet. Its 384 degrees and millions of employees participants are supposedly capable of meet the wishes of any a possibility alien patient--though that skill is often being strained as extra (and stranger) alien races take place to affix the galactic neighborhood. Sentient viruses, interspecies romances, undreamed-of institutional catering problems--it all lands on region General's doorstep. And the one factor more unusual than a hitherto unknown alien species is having a member of that species happen on your Emergency Room.The first of 2 omnibus volumes reprints the works that started the field basic sequence, which have been formerly released as clinic Station (1962), famous person health practitioner (1963), and significant Operation (1971).

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A little absently he said, “You’ll have to excuse me if I work while we talk. ” “I understand,” said the Monitor. “I’d also like to say that forcing you to live with an FROB infant when such a course was unnecessary comes under the heading of cruel and unusual punishment, and that about ten years should be knocked off your sentence for what you’ve taken this past five weeks—that is, of course, if you’re found guilty. And now, I always think it’s better to see who one is talking to. ” The suddenness with which the artificial gravity grids switched from one to two Gs caught O’Mara by surprise.

A frightened bawl from his patient in the next room must have disguised the noise he made from his listeners because they didn’t mention it. He did the great-grand-daddy of all pressups and heaved himself to his knees. He fought to keep from gasping.

But the shielding had been more effective than had been thought and Waring did not die. The accident had left its mark on him, however, they told O‘Mara. He had blackouts, he stuttered, his nervous system had been subtly affected, they said, and there were other things which O’Mara himself would see and was urged to ignore. Because Waring had saved all their lives and for that he deserved special treatment. That was why they made way for him wherever he went, let him win all fights, arguments and games of skill or chance, and generally kept him wrapped in a swathe of sentimental cottonwool.

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