Star Surgeon

  • Title: Star Surgeon
  • Author: Alan E. Nourse Scott D. Farquhar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Star Surgeon Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor As a Garvian and the first non human to study medicine on Hospital Earth he must face enormous adversity from classmates professors and some of the highe
    Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor As a Garvian and the first non human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon Approx 5.5 hours Alan E Nourse sure knew how to write ThisDal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor As a Garvian and the first non human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon Approx 5.5 hours Alan E Nourse sure knew how to write This is a peppy little novel, that though first published nearly 50 years ago, still crackles with energy It plays out like a typical Heinleinian juvenile, minus the lectures one of those rare novels that tells its story from the perspective of an alien I m pleased to be able to recommend it as a listen to just about anyone.Scott Farquhar reads the novel with a clinical precision, he enunciates each word loud and clear Amateur narrators looking for a role model, should look towards Farquhar SFFaudio

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    About Alan E. Nourse Scott D. Farquhar


    1. Alan Edward Nourse was an American science fiction SF author and physician He also wrote under the name Dr X He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science Alan Nourse was born to Benjamin and Grace Ogg Nourse He attended high school in Long Island, New York He served in the U.S Navy after World War II He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952 in Lynden, New Jersey He received a Doctor of Medicine M.D degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania He served his one year internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington He practiced medicine in North Bend, Washington from 1958 to 1963 and also pursued his writing career He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines After retiring from medicine, he continued writing His regular.Alan Nourse was born to Benjamin and Grace Ogg Nourse He attended high school in Long Island, New York He served in the U.S Navy after World War II He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952 in Lynden, New Jersey He received a Doctor of Medicine M.D degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania He served his one year internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington He practiced medicine in North Bend, Washington from 1958 to 1963 and also pursued his writing career He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines After retiring from medicine, he continued writing His regular column in Good Housekeeping magazine earned him the nickname Family Doctor He was a friend of fellow author Avram Davidson Robert A Heinlein dedicated his 1964 novel Farnham s Freehold to Nourse Heinlein in part dedicated his 1982 novel Friday to Nourse s wife Ann His novel The Bladerunner lent its name to the Blade Runner movie, but no other aspects of its plot or characters, which were taken from Philip K Dick s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep In the late 1970s an attempt to adapt The Bladerunner for the screen was made, with Beat Generation author William S Burroughs commissioned to write a story treatment no film was ever developed but the story treatment was later published as the novella, Blade Runner a movie His novel Star Surgeon has been recorded as a public domain audio book at LibriVox His pen names included Al Edwards and Doctor X.He died in Thorp, Washington.


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    1. I read this SF book when I was about 9, and I forgot most of it pretty quickly, but there was one subplot I've often wondered about. The heroes are space doctors who go around the galaxy doing heroic medical stuff (the author was himself a medical doctor). They land on a planet where the monkey-like inhabitants are suffering from a weird virus infection, and they do their best to cure them. It doesn't work: every time a native looks like he's virus-free, he turns into a babbling idiot. In the en [...]

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    2. Audio via YouTube. A vintage 6o's Sci Fi story, written by a medical doctor. I wonder if he had the idea before Star Trek? The Earth develops space travel , and discovers a federation of worlds. Each planet, that is a member has to meet two criteria. First is to have the advanced technology for extended space travel. The second was to offer a special service/skill to the federation. Earth specialty became medicine/medical care. By contract of course, just like a policy. Four branches of service, [...]

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    3. Note : 3 étoiles pour cette novella plutôt YA écrite en 1960 par un auteur pratiquement inconnu en FranceLe thème : la vocation professionnelle ou comment la force morale et la compétence permet une insertion malgré un ostracisme flagrant (m'a semblé fortement inspiré par Stars Sturgeon de James WHITE pour la vision soins aux ET )des défauts : un peu trop moralisateur avec des ficelles très voyantes et peu crédibles (pourquoi les humains seraient-ils les seuls à avoir développé une [...]

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    4. Star Surgeon (1960) interestingly posits an Earth which, while being the main medical center of all the inhabited worlds, is still in the position of having to apply to join the Galactic Confederation.

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    5. I have a weird soft spot for medical drama science-fiction, so this book fits well into my personal tastes. Although a bit dated (it is nearly 60 years old) it holds up pretty well. Nourse's writing style was just a bit ahead of his time, so hit proses lacks some of the odd stilted was that many of his contemporaries share, making this a very easy read. Fun bits of light dramatic tension, although most readers will probably guess what the final resolution will be early in the book. All in all, a [...]

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    6. Just who in the name of DeForest Kelley would think to write a Star Trek-style science fiction novel featuring the Earth as part of a Galactic Confederation of spacefaring species in which the heroes boldly going where no one has gone before are - wait for it - doctors?Answer? A doctor, of course.In physician and sci-fi writer Alan E. Nourse's take on the future, we will all come to live on Hospital Earth, and due to our superior skills with surgery and all things medical will be 'in charge of t [...]

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    7. The novel is quite often mentioned as a ‘classic medicine sf’, so finding it in the Storytel catalogue I decided to give it a try. As with many classics the age shows. The story itself is a standard ‘overcoming the prejudice’ motive – Earth had already eliminated wars and racism (and I had to remind myself several times that black doctor has nothing to do with said doctor’s skin, and everything with his uniform), but prejudice against non-humans does occur giving the story a start.Wh [...]

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    8. Star Surgeon by Alan E. NourseA very quick, easy read. Really I think this could fairly be a YA title? And please note that I do enjoy YA titles, so that was not a bad comment. I actually read the entirety of this book on my flights home from Denver a couple of days ago. Yes, it's that quick.So, yes a quick read, but fun nonetheless. Basically a young outcast seeks to embitter himself, and also serve the greater good. He has troubles with his fellow crew on the Patrol Ship Lancet, and also from [...]

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    9. Haven’t read a lot of classic sci-fi lately, so this was a refreshing read. I enjoyed the protagonist,Dal Timgar, for his bravery and take-charge persona. The dialogue comes across a little stuffy in a few spots, but the storyline and supporting characters are solid. Overall, a nice escapist tale!

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    10. I'm going to be honest here, this book wasn't worth the read. The idea was interesting, but it felt that the author couldn't make up his mind on how to end the book. Just very dissatisfied with this book, it could have been so much better.

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    11. One of my first introductions to science fiction, I read this book when I was in Grade 7. Its story has stuck with me all these years and I am determined to find a copy somewhere and read it again.

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    12. pretty good story. there were a few parts that seemed to be a bit rushed. but overall an enjoyable read.

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    13. Space opera creators tend to focus on military commanders and revolutionary leaders, plucky adventurers and scrappy underdogs. Until I read Star Surgeon I never considered what an entire story based on intergalactic medicine might look like. Turns out doctors are as complex, imaginative, and just plain fun to sail the stars with as any other hero, with the boldest mission yet: not only to seek out new life, but to save it as well.Star Surgeon is also unique in choosing to cast an alien character [...]

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    14. I grabbed this e-book in desperation one evening, when I had some time to kill after work & before bible study, and I had forgotten to being the book I was currently reading. So - iPhone to the rescue! This was a free book, in the Gutenberg Project, and it was Sci-Fi, and I'd read other books by this author when I was a kid, so I grabbed it. I knew it would be a bit out-dated, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared - a few too many references to EarthMEN, and no female characters, but overall, i [...]

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    15. Very much a product of its time. Earth is poised on the brink of becoming a full member of the Galactic Federation. Of all the races so far encountered Earth's humans have the best skills in medicine, and Earth has become the sole provider of medical services to the galaxy at large, contracting out their services to a multiplicity of species. Dal Timgar is the first non-human to be accepted by Hospital Earth as a student. His ambition is to become a surgeon.He encounters hostility and prejudice [...]

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    16. Excerpt: now it seemed they were walking through an incredible treasure-trove stocked with everything that they could possibly have wanted. For Jack there was a dress uniform, specially tailored for a physician in the Blue Service of Diagnosis, the insignia woven into the cloth with gold and platinum thread. Reluctantly he turned away from it, a luxury he could never dream of affording. For Tiger, who had been muttering for weeks about getting out of condition in the sedentary life of the ship, [...]

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    17. A bizarre and unlikely future, Star Surgeon is more fantasy than hard science fiction. No intelligent machines whatsoever inhabit this future. Dated card- and ticker-tape using computers abound. I listened to this book as a LibriVox public domain audiobook on YouTube. The story hasn't aged well, but some aspects of it are surprisingly modern. For example, despite being published in 1959, only 6 years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, many modern ideas are present, including full bioch [...]

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    18. Not much to add. Still an enjoyable read.------JAN 2012One of my YA loves from my own youth, this book still stands up pretty decently over the decades. Nourse's own medical background helps lend verisimilitude to this tale of the first alien to try and become an accredited surgeon on a future Earth. Earth is a provisional member of the Galactic federation, specializing in medical science, and some think that letting aliens into to club will remove that monopolistic leverage.Good stuff with (obv [...]

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    19. This was one of my favorite books in grade school. I read it again recently while at the airport. The Earth is the health care provider for the Federation and the entire planet has been turned into a hospital with support facilities. A promising, young alien makes it through medical school and then is the first non-human to go on to residency. Yes, this book reads like an old, children's science fiction novel. The discussion on medical decision making and the process of becoming professionally i [...]

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    20. Dal Tilgar wants to be a doctor more than anything. But he is an alien who has managed to graduate from a Terran medical school where he has had to deal with prejudice. The medical board does not want to certify him or give him an assignment. Luckily, he does have a patron who manages to convince the board to put Dal on probation. He sets sail on a hospital ship with fellow newbies Jack and Tiger. When they come to a plague planet, the three must work together to solve the insolvable. With the h [...]

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    21. This was downloaded from Project Gutenberg. Published in 1959, one of the early books exploring medical technology controlled by Earth and provided to the galaxy. Story of a young alien wanting to be a doctor, who applied at the medical schools on earth, was accepted and trained. His subsequent trials as senior medical team members wanted him removed, believing that the future of earth was to be served only by individual born and raised on earth that are the doctors to the galaxy. Surprise endin [...]

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    22. The story of a future world where Hospital Earth was the mdeical arm of the Galactic Confederation. Giant hospital ships patrolled sectors and the smaller General Practice Patrol ships followed a circuit as well as answering emergencies.In such a world, Dal Timgar, an alien, dared to want to be a doctor. Most of humanity wanted him to fail, with only one friend, classmate Tiger Martin, and one backer, one of the powerful Black Doctors of Pathology, Arnquist. But an equally powerful Black Doctor, [...]

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    23. Considering this was written in 1959, this was actually really good. It's about an alien named Dal who really wants to be a surgeon for Hospital Earth. He has to face "racism" among the teachers and students during his training, cuz they don't want no alien becoming a doctor and what not. Humans are the best surgeons and doctors in this story. He he he! But even among all the discord he comes across, he raises up and doesn't let the "racism" get him down. I enjoyed listening to this story and yo [...]

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    24. I did like this book but it suffered from one major omission.I enjoyed the description of the institutions and got a real feeling of how hard the protagonist battles, as an alien, to be accepted as a doctor and work towards surgeon. I enjoyed the mentioned of his undefined friend, Fuzzy. I liked the idea that an infection could be a race of people.But the reason I have given this two stars is that it sets itself up as a book about the other and discrimination. Not a single woman is ever mentione [...]

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    25. (Audible) This story is very much of another day - there are no women mentioned in the entire book and the characters interact with viral pathogens without the fear that we now have of the HIV virus - but it's a solid, entertaining story. It's either written for the YA market or suitable for that market (in 1960!) but I liked the three main characters, simple thought their characterizations were and this is a good example of a story that is great for the Audible market. Who could resist doctors [...]

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    26. This was a really good read. Well worth your time if you are interested in a little retro-sci fi adventure. (Course, it wasn't retro when it was written in 1959).The most fascinating part of it is that, despite the slightly dated elements, it still hits a number of medical advancements on the head heart transplants, fetal stem cells (being used to grow tissues used for transplant), and the total comodification of medical treatment.

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    27. Dal Timgar and his very small, fuzzy, pink companion. Dal is studying medicine on Earth."But as long as Dal could remember, he had wanted to be a doctor. From the first time he had seen a General Practice Patrol ship landing in his home city to fight the plague that was killing his people by the thousands, he had known that this was what he wanted more than anything else: to be a physician of Hospital Earth . . ."

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    28. Dal Timgar, a Garvian, attempts to become a surgeon of Hospital Earth!.Hmm I enjoyed this tale, Dal is a Garvian from the planet of a distant star who people are traders, but he decides he wants to be a surgeon, goes to medical school for 8 years, tops the class, sounds good huh, but there's a problem, Hospital Earth doesn't usually accept persons of alien races! Well Dal ends up having quite a few adventures, read about them Sci fi fans and Alan Nourse fans would enjoy this tale!!

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    29. In Future, racial oppression is based on what world you're from, and only Earthlings get to be doctors. Oh noes, seriously? But Main Character totally slogs on anyhow and goes to school on Hospital Earth (what? yes, apparently only humans figured out how to overcome bacteria nasties, do brain surgery and stop plague, etc.), a planet bucking for galactic membership.It is okay! Everyone learns this lesson in the end and loves each other.

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    30. Written in the mid 60s, this book reads a bit like it's written for "young adults." A story of galactic civilizations and prejudice overcome, but written in a rather obvious and simplistic fashion. The drama is mostly a young doctor's concern for his continuing career being cut short unfairly, but there's a nice bit of medical intrigue near the end. If the entire book had a bit more of that interest, I would rate it higher, but ultimately, it felt bland.

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