Sector General' is a collection of four short stories. The first, 'Accident' is set on the planet Nidia decades before the hospital is built. MacEwan of Earth and Grawlya-Ki of Orligia are *the* heroes of the first, (and hopefully last) interstellar war because they ended it. Trapped together in the wreckage of their crashed spaceships, injured and unlikely to be rescued, they become the first Orligian and Human to actually talk to each other and discover their war is all a simple, horrible misunderstanding. Fortunately they are rescued in time to share their discovery but the mortally wounded MacEwan must be put into stasis until medical science advances enough to save him and Grawlya-Ki choses to join him. The two frozen warriors, still in the remains of their ship, are put on display as one of the most effective War Memorials of all time. They awake over two centuries later to discover they have become icons of the horror of war and the need for peace. But the icons have minds of their own, they disapprove of the rigidly controlled, limited contact between the species that make up the Federation. They argue the races have to really get to know each other, feel comfortable enough with each other to banter and quarrel, or mutual fear will lead to another war. Their views do not prove popular and they are in the process of being politely shipped off Nidia when an accident traps them with a variety of other beings in the wrecked departure lounge. Old soldiers that they are MacEwan and Grawlya-Ki automatically take command of the situation organizing rescue and first aid efforts among the casualties but will help reach them in time? In the next story, 'Survivor', Dr. Conway and the crew of the Ambulance Ship Rhabwar rescue the sole survivor of a space wreck and bring it back to Sector General. Now strange psychological effects are disrupting the hospital, could the alien somehow be to blame? Next the Rhabwar's crew investigates a crashed alien ship whose survivors seem to have suffered mutilations unrelated to their crash injuries in a story aptly titled, 'Investigation'. And finally in 'Combined Operation' the alien ship and the entity inside it are both in pieces and it's going to take the combined forces of Sector General and the Monitor Corps to put them back together again.
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