Sunday, August 11, 2013

Celebrating the Birth . . . Alan E. Nourse

Alan Edward Nourse (August 11, 1928 – July 19, 1992)
     Nourse was a science fiction writer of the 1950s and later, whose stories often focused on medicine and displayed a keen sense of humor. He was also a practicing physician who had a regular column in Good Housekeeping.  Though not remembered as well as some other writers of that era, Nourse has a complete "LibriVox - Short Science Fiction Collection," number eight, of readings of his stories.  One of his novels and several of his short stories are freely available.

At Project Gutenberg:
Star Surgeon 1959.
     "Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor. As a Garvian and the first non-human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth. Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon? "
Audio Fiction
At LibriVox:

Old Time Radio
At Internet Archive:
• "The Coffin Cure" - X Minus One. 1957.
     "A research company discovers an answer to Mankind's oldest and greatest dream—a cure for the common cold. But as the old saying goes, the cure is often worse than the disease." - OTR Plot Spot.

• "Prime Difference" - X Minus One. 1958.
     "A henpecked husband, fed up with his wife, has an illegal android facsimile of himself made to step into his domestic role so he can have a fling with his secretary." - OTR Plot Spot.

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