'To Kill or Cure' (11000 words.)
The low pressure off the Hebrides was lashing the coasts of North-West
Ireland and Scotland with rain squalls of nearly gale force when
Trans-Ocean Airways Flight 317, while radioing her periodic positions
check, reported engine trouble.
John Carnell once wrote that James White ". . . lays no claim
to originality of plot, but he does strive to present his stories
in a pattern different to most of his contemporaries, and in that
lies his success" (The Best of NEW WORLDS, Boardman, 1955).
I must say that 'To Kill or Cure' -- apart from its Northern Irish
locale and punch-line ending -- is quite a routine first-contact
story. All the same, Jim nimbly bridged the gap between
having an idea and then working it into dramatic shape.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews