Ambulance Ship (Ballantine, 1979)
The 1980 Corgi edition adds 'Spacebird' (see under Short Stories).
Fix-up novel, 65000 words.
Fix-up novel: 'Contagion'; 'Quarantine'; 'Recovery' (see
under Short Stories). Plus Introduction: 'The Secret History
of Sector General' (see under Non-Fiction). By this time,
the law of diminishing literary returns had started to affect Sector
General. Only more exotic aliens with yet more exotic ailments
(e.g. 'meatball'/ Major Operation) kept the series from slipping
into sameiness. Then White shifted the emphasis away from
Diagnostician Conway towards some previously unsung heroes who are
just as essential to the great hospital's smooth running.
Hence Captain Fletcher of the ambulance ship Rhabwar.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
BB/Del Rey,No 345-28513-1, October 1979
Corgi, London, No 0553-11551-8, December 1980
BB/Del Rey reissue ISBN 0-345-28513-1, January 1985
Macdonald/Futura, Orbit, ISBN 0-7088-8183-1, July 1986
contents mix-up Spacebird mentioned on fly leaf but not in book,
Macdonald hardcover, ISBN 0-356-14003-2, 25/7/86
Collected in Alien Emergencies,
Orb (Tor Books), June 2001
MOEWIG SF No 3507,sometime 1980 as Das Ambulance SchIff
Wilhelm Heyne, Munich, No 06-4977, ISBN 3-453-06222-1, 1993 as
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