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January Books 5) The Secret Visitors

5) The Secret Visitors, by James White (.co.uk, .com)

This was James White's first novel, published in 1961, and like many of his others the central character is a human doctor confronted with peculiar health problems, a precursor to his best-known works, the Sector General galactic hospital series. However, it's definitely a novel of its time; the galactic federation is interested in Earth, apparently, because our planet is unique in having a) an axial tilt and b) decent scenery. Added to this, our Earthmen heroes discover that the ultra-civilised galactics have lost all knowledge of a) surgery and b) battle tactics, and are able to help them out of a tricky spot or two. But it's fun; and it's particularly fun for me because of the use of Northern Ireland (in particular Portballintrae) as a setting for much of the first half of the book - this being a reason for me to read it, as it's part of my list.

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inuitmonster
Jan. 7th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they are actually available. I don't think The Eliminator ever made it to video, let alone DVD. FSR&R is a short, so may not have been released anywhere, though given that it has a budget and a famous actor in it it might just show up somewhere.

The Eliminator is the greatest Irish film ever made.

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