Ballantine, 1971. Words: 70000.
Fix-up novel: 'Invader'; 'Vertigo'; Blood Brother'; 'Meatball';
'Major Operation' (see under Short Stories). "Designed to
accommodate virtually any creature brought in for observation or
medical care, Sector General was staffed with at least a hundred
different species of doctors and nurses. But there was trouble
aboard. Some life form had entered the great hospital.
The invader was invisible and undetectable -- even by the empathetic
Cinrusskins -- and it was creating hallucinations that were causing
serious accidents . . ." (blurb). One of those rare fix-ups
where the constituent parts hang both together and separately; in
the capital reading sense, not punishment!
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
Ballantine Books No 345-02149-5-095, February 1971
BB, 2nd printing, ISBN 345-24229-7-125, October 1974
BB, 3rd printing 0-345-29381-9, May 1981
Macdonald/Futura, ISBN 0-7088-8185-8, £1-95, February 1987
Collected in Beginning Operations,
Orb (Tor Books), June 2001
TERRA No 203, February 1973 as Die Artz der Galaxis
Livros Do Brasil No 223, 1976 as A Grande Operacao
Uitgerverj/Scala, ISBN 90-6221-641-2, 1977/8 as De Grote Operatie
Wilhelm Heyne No 06/4974, 1993 as Grossoperation
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