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Martyr   By: (1928-1992)

Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse

Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse is a thought-provoking and immersive work that delves into the complex ethical and moral dilemmas of the medical profession. Set in a future society plagued by rampant disease and overcrowded hospitals, the story follows the journey of a young doctor named Chuck as he grapples with the consequences of his actions.

What sets this book apart is Nourse's masterful exploration of the conflict between professional duty and personal conviction. Chuck's transformation from a naive and idealistic medical intern to a jaded and disillusioned healer is both heartbreaking and compelling. Nourse skillfully conveys the moral anguish and inner turmoil that plague Chuck as he navigates the ethical gray areas of his profession.

The author's meticulous attention to detail in describing the medical procedures and technological advancements of this future world adds depth and authenticity to the narrative. It is evident that Nourse has a deep understanding of medicine, which greatly enhances the credibility of the story. The medical jargon and terminology used throughout the book might seem technical at times but ultimately contribute to the immersive experience.

Furthermore, Nourse's exploration of the human condition and the dehumanizing effects of bureaucracy within a medical system struggling to cope with constant disaster is poignant and thought-provoking. The book raises important questions about the sacrifices and compromises that doctors must make in the face of overwhelming pressure and limited resources. It challenges the reader to reflect on the consequences of living in a society where life is valued based on its economic worth.

The pacing of the novel is consistently gripping, with well-timed reveals and cliffhangers that keep the reader engaged. Each chapter ends on a note that leaves you yearning to turn the page and discover what happens next. The narrative flows smoothly, and Nourse's writing style is concise, yet evocative, with vivid descriptions that bring the world and characters to life.

However, the book does have a few shortcomings. Some portions of the story feel rushed, and certain plot developments could have been explored in greater depth. Additionally, a few characters could have been fleshed out more thoroughly to create a stronger emotional connection. These minor flaws do not hinder the overall impact of the book but are worth mentioning.

In conclusion, Martyr is a compelling and thought-provoking read that seamlessly blends medical science fiction with moral dilemmas. Alan Edward Nourse's ability to humanize the medical profession and shed light on its inherent complexities makes this book a standout in the genre. It is a must-read for fans of science fiction and those interested in exploring the ethical conundrums that arise within the medical field.

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This etext was produced from Fantastic Universe January 1957. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Rejuvenation for the millions or rejuvenation for the five hundred lucky ones, the select ones, that can be treated each year? Tough, independent Senator Dan Fowler fights a one man battle against the clique that seeks perpetual power and perpetual youth, in this hard hitting novel by Alan E. Nourse. Why did it have to be his personal fight? The others fumble it they'd foul it up, Fowler protested? But why was he in the fight and what was to happen to Senator Fowler's fight against this fantastic conspiracy? Who would win?



"I can break him, split his Criterion Committee wide open now while there's still a chance, and open rejuvenation up to everybody...."

Four and one half hours after Martian sunset, the last light in the Headquarters Building finally blinked out.

Carl Golden stamped his feet nervously against the cold, cupping his cigarette in his hand to suck up the tiny spark of warmth... Continue reading book >>

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