This the first volume in the Sector General series collects together a series of five short stories previously published in New Worlds magazine between 1957 and 1960.
During the construction of Sector 12 General Hospital, construction worker O'Mara is suspected of negligently causing the death of two alien workers. Pending an investigation he is restricted to quarters and given the aliens' child to care for.
Doctor Conway has spent two months on the station and is about to be confronted with several emergencies as well as his first educator tape.
Trouble with Emily
Conway is ordered to assist with a project involving a large dinosaur-like alien.
Visitor at Large
A shape-changing alien runs amok in the hospital. Conway and a newly arrived Prilicla are enlisted to capture it.
Following the recovery of a badly injured alien from a wrecked ship, Conway must pursue a radical treatment.
James White is the creator of the famed Sector General stories about a huge intergalactic, multi-species hospital. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1928 and has lived there his entire life. White's writing is particularly noteworthy for endlessly inventive aliens and alien environments. He has been writing science fiction since 1953. Besides the Sector General stories and novels, perhaps his most famous works are the novel The Watch Below, and the Hugo nominated story "Custom Fitting." In addition to his professional work, James White has been a mainstay of Irish Fandom for more than forty years, contributing distinguished and creative essays to fanzines like Slant and Hyphen.