Doctor is a swift read that is about a spaceship endangered by an alien virus outbreak, and the driven and ruthless doctor who will do whatever it takes to defeat the disease, or make sure it never spreads to the rest of human space.
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This is the first book in a series that is intended to drum up traffic for the SpiralcatBooks.com website. Everyone likes free books, and so SpiralcatBooks.com includes a section where people can download free sci-fi, and other classic genre books.
This will not be the usual pile of public domain books, because a lot of what is in the public domain is absolutely reprehensible. A lot of it, an absolutely surprising amount, contains views and scenes, presented by the author as unremarkable, that most of society today has, thankfully, moved on from.
The idea, therefore, behind the list of SpiralcatBooks.com Classics is that it will be a curated list that tries to avoid books that contain the worst of the racist, sexist, and homophobic themes and attitudes that were so common in books of the past, and are still all too prevalent in books being published today.
It is difficult to draw the line, especially when it comes to diversity. Almost all of the sci-fi published in the past, for example, features casts of characters that are predominantly white and cisgender male. I have decided that there is not much to do about this, but I can disregard books from this list that contain, for example, overt racism.
The SpiralcatBooks.com Classics series will, therefore, be a curated list of sci-fi that passes two tests. The books may not pass the Bechdel test, but they must be entertaining to me, and they should not repulse me with overt instances of racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other hate speech.
Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 – June 8, 1975) was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins. Leinster began his career as a freelance writer before World War I, writing jungle stories, westerns, detective stories, and even romance. Leinster’s first science fiction story, “The Runaway Skyscraper”, appeared in the February 22, 1919. In the 1930s, he published several science fiction stories and serials, and continued to appear frequently in other genre pulps.
Murray Leinster’s 1946 short story “A Logic Named Joe” contains one of the first descriptions of a computer (called a “logic”) in fiction. In the story, Leinster was decades ahead of his time in imagining the Internet. He envisioned logics in every home, linked through a distributed system of servers (called “tanks”), to provide communications, entertainment, data access, and commerce; one character says that “logics are civilization.”
He won a Hugo Award for his 1956 story “Exploration Team”. Leinster was also an inventor under his real name of William F. Jenkins, best known for the front projection process used in special effects.
This version of Doctor has cover design and illustrations by Brett Fitzpatrick, who is the author of a sci-fi series of books called the Dark Galaxy series. Book one of this series is Galaxy Dog.
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Galaxy Dog is an epic space opera. What starts as an ordinary invasion of an alien planet, brings to light an ancient archaeological site of huge importance. A young man called Knave makes a life-changing discovery there and rises from a lowly position as an infantry trooper to become a player among the powers of the galaxy. This is the story of his rise, and the story of the fierce and independent woman and the feisty robot who help him.