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Books by James White

Here you will find a list of all the books that James White has had published, with as many covers as we could find. Please click on the individual titles for a full publishing history.

 

The Secret Visitors  NelThe Secret Visitors.
Ace Double: 1957. Subsequently published as a stand-alone novel. Previously appeared in New Worlds. An espionage novel that turns extraterrestrial, with spaceships landing in - of all places - Northern Ireland.
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Hospital Station  Corgi 1967Hospital Station.
Ballantine Books: 1962.
The first of twelve books in the Sector General series. This vast sectionalized hospital in space is staffed by almost every species in the galaxy.
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Second Ending Ace 1963Second Ending.
Ace Double: 1962.
The story of the last man on Earth, but with an "up-beat" ending.
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Star Surgeon.
Ballantine Books: 1963.
The second novel in the Sector General series. This book previously appeared as individual short stories.
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Deadly Litter.
Ballantine Books: 1964.
This is a selection of four short stories, the title story being perhaps the most gripping.
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Open Prison.
Four Square: 1965.
Imagine a whole planet as a human prisoner-of-war camp in an intergalactic war.

Open Prison was also published in the US as The Escape Orbit by Ace in 1965.
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The Watch Below.
Ballantine Books: 1966.
The setting for this story is a W.W.II tanker which is sunk, but which finds zero buoyancy below the surface due to a trapped air pocket, where a few have survived. At the same time an Alien race heads for Earth, where they become unlikely saviours. This book is considered by many to be James's finest work.
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All Judgement Fled.
Rapp & Whittle: 1968. Six astronauts are sent out to investigate an apparently derelict space ship. Upon entry to the spaceship the nightmare begins as they uncover a labyrinthine world filled with horror.
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The Aliens Among Us.
Ballantine Books: 1969.
This is a selection of seven short stories including ones set on Sector General.
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Major Operation.
Ballantine Books: 1971.
This is the third Sector General novel. Again this was previously published as short stories. Interestingly on the rear cover blurb it says "James White, himself a doctor..."! Well, he had the mind and compassion of a doctor, I suppose.
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Tomorrow Is Too Far.
Ballantine Books: 1971.
This is a story set in an Aerospace company, similar to Shorts in Belfast, where James was working at the time. The star of the novel is the chief security officer who - as he uncovers what is going on- becomes deeply embroiled in the situation.
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Lifeboat.
Ballantine Books: 1972.
A simple trip to Ganymede goes horribly wrong, and the story centres on the survivors in their lifeboat pods. Also published as Dark Inferno by Michael Joseph in 1972.
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The Dream Millennium.
Ballantine Books: 1974.
In the search for a new planet to colonize, the star of the novel suffers nightmares while in stasis, with a deadline of 1000 years.
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Monsters and Medics.
Ballantine Books: 1977.
A selection of seven short stories, also published by Corgi in the same year but with only five of the stories.
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Ambulance Ship.
Ballantine Books: 1979.
Sector General book four.
This book also includes an introduction by James White called "The Secret History of Sector General".
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Underkill: Corgi 1979Underkill.
Corgi Books: 1979.
Not so much a sequel as a parallel to The Dream Millennium, set in a hospital in Belfast.
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Futures Past: Ballantine 1982Futures Past.
Ballantine Books: 1982.
This is a selection of eleven short stories. The English edition from Orbit swopped the short story "Spacebird" for "Custom Fitting".
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Sector General: Orbit 1987Sector General.
Ballantine Books: 1983.
The fifth book in the series, including the O'Mara "origin" story.
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The Interpreters: Birmingham SF Group, 1985The Interpreters.
Birmingham SF Group: 1985.
This chap-book is doubled with a David Langford Sector General parody.
This was to coincide with their appearance as GOH's at Novacon that year.
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Star Healer: Orbit, 1985Star Healer.
Ballantine Books: 1985.
Sector General book six.
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Code Blue - Emergency: Ballantine, 1987Code Blue - Emergency.
Ballantine Books: 1987.
Sector General book seven. Introduces some new characters.
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Federation World: Ballantine, 1988Federation World.
Ballantine Books: 1988.
The Federation World is a modified Dyson sphere in the galactic core where new species are invited to move, if they are deserving.
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The Silent Stars Go By: Ballantine, 1991The Silent Stars Go By.
Ballantine Books: 1991.
A universe where Hibernia is the greatest empire on earth, and from which the starship Aishling Gheal will go forth to the stars. At 441 pages this is James's longest book, and upon reading it you can appreciate the superb research that must have gone into this fine piece.
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The Genocidal Healer: Ballantine Books, 1992The Genocidal Healer.
Ballantine Books: 1992.
What would you do with a doctor who - through his zeal to cure a plague - wiped out a planetary population? Make him a trainee psychologist of course!
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The Galactic Gourmet: Tor, 1996The Galactic Gourmet.
Tor: 1996.
This Sector General book tells the story of a gourmet chef, who eventually becomes the hospital's chief dietician, but not before some hilarious errors.
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The White Papers: NESFA, 1996The White Papers.
NESFA Press: 1996.
To mark the appearance of James at LA con III Worldcon, as Guest of Honour. A selection of ten short stories and nine pieces of fan writing by James, including a timeline of Sector General, and a piece on the classification system that he used. Not forgetting the fantastic introductions by Walt Willis and Mike Resnick.
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Final Diagnosis: Tor, 1997Final Diagnosis.
Tor: 1997.
Sector General number ten.
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Mind Changer: Tor, 1998Mind Changer.
Tor: 1998.
This is the final story of O'Mara, the chief psychologist of Sector General. Personally this is my favourite book by James White. So much is answered in such surprising ways.
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Double Contact: Tor, 1999Double Contact.
Tor: 1999.
The twelfth and final Sector General book. This story is a James White classic. First Contact by a doctor with two belligerent species becomes a real puzzle to unwind, and an opportunity to set it all right.
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Tales of Sector General: Book Club Edition, 1999Tales of Sector General.
SF Book Club: 1999.
This is a compilation composed of The Galactic Gourmet, Final Diagnosis and Mind Changer.
The First Protector: Tor, 2000The First Protector.
Earth: Final Conflict.
Tor: 2000.

Published posthumously.

This is obviously a TV tie-in, but it really stretches the words "tie-in", as there is little sign of Boone or the rest of the TV regulars, at all.

It is mentioned in the TV series that a Taelon visited Celtic Ireland to judge humanity. This is that story. James was chosen to do this piece due to his research into Irish history, and he made it his own. It's a great read.
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Tales of Sector General: Book Club Edition, 1999

Beginning Operations
Tor: 2001
A Sector General Omnibus containing Hospital Station, Star Surgeon and Major Operation.

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Tales of Sector General: Book Club Edition, 1999Alien Emergencies
Tor: 2002
A Sector General Omnibus containing Ambulance Ship, Sector General and Star Healer.

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As you can see the majority of books were published a number of times. If you have a cover that we do not have here, we would love to have a copy it.

 

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