Rest easy, James White. At last theres another superlative proponent of space medicine to make you proud. S. L. Viehl debuts this January with the rip-roaring, wonderfully beguiling paperback adventures of STARDOC (4.5). To escape her fathers suffocating control, a brilliant young surgeon signs on as a physician in a remote free clinic where aliens are a dime a dozen and humans an ignored minority. But her fathers sphere of influence is great, threatening not only all that she has achieved but her very existence. With great style and panache, Ms. Viehl manages a large cast of fascinating characters, leaving no doubt that she is a major discovery in the annals of science fiction.

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Melinda Helfer