Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Book review: Doctor to the Stars

Doctor to the Stars is a collection of three stories by Murray Leinster. The stories are about a medical doctor who travels between planets solving problems. Calhoun, the hero, is smart and able use his knowledge of medicine to figure out what is going on and what needs to be done. The stories written in the 1950s, and so they are a little dated.

In “The Grandfathers’ War” Calhoun tries to stop the ultimate parenting problem when the parents have decided they have to go to war with their children, to save their children. With “Med Ship Man” Calhoun is able to salvage a con man’s attempt to buy land cheap when the con man almost destroys a colony. Tallien Three is a bit of a horror story where humans seem to be turning into a creature like a zombie.

The stories are pleasant and well told. They move along and are entertaining. They aren’t great, but I enjoyed them. If you want to enjoy average good science fiction from the 1950s, then check out “Doctor to the Stars.” I give it a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.

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