The Monitor Corps cruiser Sheldon flicked into normal space some
five hundred miles from Sector General Hospital, the wreck which
was its reason for coming held gently against the hull within the
field of its hyperdrive generators.
As the story opens, Dr. Conway is promoted to Senior Physician.
But O'Mara makes it sound more like a reversion in professional
grade: "What do you expect, praise? My job is to shrink heads, not
swell 'em. And now I suppose I'll have to give you a minute
to adjust to your new glory . . ." Conway's swollen/shrunken
head soon goes into staggered mode. The aforementioned wreck
contains an alien 'out-patient' who needs urgent medical attention.
Which even Physician Conway finds to be easier said than done.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- NEW WORLDS No 95, June 1960
- Hospital Station (see under Books).