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A question for the hive mind

Can anyone point me towards any good medical science fiction?

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James White is the traditional answer but I haven't read his stuff.

Blood Music and The Child Garden might be of interest.

James White!

Um. There must be others. Um.

Blumlein Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration. maybe others as Blumlein is a doctor of medicine. Alan Nourse Medic. Kuttner The Little Black Bag.


Perhaps a bit peripheral: Harry Turtledove invented vaccination in one of his Byzantium books. John Varley's Steel Beach (i think) turns on the death of an infant. Anthony's Prostho Plus stars a dentist.


Have you tried a key word search on the SF Encyclopedia?


Elizabeth Moon has a space-paramedics short story in the Phases collection: "ABCs in Zero G". I remember liking it; I haven't reread it to see if I still think it's good, sorry.

Bujold's Ethan of Athos and Falling Free both have strong themes of reproductive medicine and related genetic manipulation. There's a fair bit of medicine as background / secondary detail throughout most of her work, now I come to think of it. The 3rd & 4th of the Sharing Knife series have "major character learning medicine" as a major plot thread.

"The Godwhale" by T. J. Bass springs to mind (I believe there's an SF Masterworks edition out -- Gollancz yellowjacket).

(Trying to think of others is hard; it's not a field that got much traction in the old days.)

Alan E. Nourse and Andre Norton both wrote some medical SF, but it's hard to think of titles. Ditto James Gunn, and a couple of Michael Crichton's techno-thrillers are borderline SF. And there was a short-lived US TV series, Mercy Point, with a premise a lot like James White's Sector General novels, but I've no idea if it's any good, I never saw it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Point

Alan Nourse's Star Surgeon is medical SF and on Gutenberg.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18492

I think Contamination Crew is also medical SF but haven't checked it out yet.


Mikhail Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog.

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