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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

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 goo

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.

ENGLISH: This novella is the fourth Leinster work dealing with Interstellar Med Service and Calhoun, its envoy, together with Murgatroyd, his tormal, assistant and pet.

In this novella, a whole planet has been converted into a kind of leprosarium, and the mere mention of its inhabitants makes the inh

My copy was a 1961 first printing paperback. This book is only 126 pages long and it is definitely a product of it's time. I have a few other period paperbacks in this series that I've had for years but never cracked open.

Classic space opera with wooden characters and impossible science. It's part o

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 agains

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 conflic

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