Far out on the galactic Rim, where . . . (oops!, a false start.)
The patient brought into the observation ward was a large specimen
-- about one thousand pounds mass, Conway estimated -- and resembled
a giant upright pear.*
But Lonvellin, the ELPH patient, has a much smaller insiderkick.
'Resident Physician' was later subsumed into the novel Star Surgeon,
which had the unfortunate effect of making it into an almost 'invisible'
story. Whites BIG ALIEN/little alien idea probably had germinated
from multiple re-readings of Needle (1950) by Hal clement.
Conway to O'Mara: ". . . An intelligent, amoebic life-form, an organized
collection of sub-microscopic, virus-type cells, would make the
most efficient doctor obtainable." Nanotechnology, in all
*In future, all first lines will be quoted from the book version
of any story later made part of a fix-up novel.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- NEW WORLDS No 110,September 1961
- GALACTIC EMPIRES Vol 1, Ed Brian Alldis, /Futura, Autumn
- GALACTIC EMPIRESWeidenfield & Nicholson, London, hardcover
- IMPERIOS GALaCTICO 2,Editorial Bregeura SA, Barcelona, 1977
- GALACTIC EMPIRES 1, Avon Books pb Edition, $2.25,
- GALACTIC EMPIRES combined Vols 1 & 2, Arrow Books, £4-99,
- Star Surgeon (see under Books)