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This World Is Taboo

Murray Leinster

Book Overview: 

Calhoun is an Interstellar Medical Serviceman, and he's needed on Dara. Trouble is: Dara is forbidden. Taboo. And breaking quarantine will make Calhoun a presumed plague-carrier and subject to being shot on sight by anyone from Weald. But hey! If he did the smart thing, we wouldn't have a story!
But why are men from Dara shooting at him?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .uipment for preparing food for oneself, in[29] one's own chosen manner—again an item to help make solitude not unendurable.

Calhoun deliberately immersed himself in the Galactic Directory, looking up the planet Orede. He was headed there, but he'd had no reason to inform himself about it before. Now he read with every appearance of absorption.

The girl ate daintily. Murgatroyd watched with highly amiable interest. But she looked acutely uncomfortable.

Calhoun finished with the Directory. He got out the micro-film reels which contained more information. He was specifically after the Med Service history of all the planets in this sector. He went through the filmed record of every inspection ever made on Weald and on Dara.

But Sector Twelve had not been run well. There was no adequate account of a plague which had wiped out three-quarters of the population of an inhabited planet! It had happened shortly after one Med Ship visit, an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

FEAR RIDES THE ROCKETS
The Interstellar Medical Service was just about the only remaining galactic organization that every one of the hundreds of inhabited planets respected. So when their service broke down in Star Sector Twelve, it created a very dangerous situation.
When Calhoun took his Med shi...more

It's odd to have read a story like this after a summer spent watching nearly all of Star Trek TNG, because I wasn't able to stop considering WWPD (What Would Picard Do?).

One thing I'm certain Picard would NOT have done is be such a smug, patronizing sexist. Yikes, but Calhoun annoyed me! He's a...more

A very good story with a extremely bright protagonist versus paranoid and scared people. The story has no real violence or sex just good tension and action. The tale has aged well. The recording is clear and the narrator is well spoken and easy to listen to.

Listening to Mark Nelson's reading (scipodcast) of the book and just getting started.When the blue plague appeared on the planet of Dara, fear struck nearby worlds. The fear led to a hate that threatened the lives of millions and endangered the Galactic peace.Med ships haven't been to the quadran...more

The more I read by Murray Leinster, the more I appreciate what he brought to science fiction. His Med Service series, of which this is the second, is pure Golden Age SF, yet with a much more modern feel than the usual SF of that period. No BEM (bug-eyed monsters) at all just humans struggling aga...more

A classic, although maybe just because Murray Leinster made is so.
Of course there is a modest hero who singlehandedly saves 3 planets. The dilemma he faces seems impossible to solve with satisfaction for both threatened civilizations. At least 1 or even both will be destroyed in the erupting conf...more

3.5 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

Calhoun is a Med Ship man, responsible for human health across a wide swathe of space. But now he's been called out to a sector where the Med Service screwed up, badly. With one world starving to death, and the other deathly afraid of plague, Calhoun and his alien...more

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