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Can anyone point me towards any good medical science fiction?

Date: 2016-01-17 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brixtonbrood.livejournal.com
James White is the traditional answer but I haven't read his stuff.

Blood Music and The Child Garden might be of interest.

Date: 2016-01-17 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flick.livejournal.com
James White!

Um. There must be others. Um.

Date: 2016-01-17 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coth.livejournal.com

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?

Date: 2016-01-17 10:38 pm (UTC)
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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.

Date: 2016-01-17 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] autopope.livejournal.com
"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.)

Date: 2016-01-18 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
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

Date: 2016-01-18 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
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.

Date: 2016-01-18 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Mikhail Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog.

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