Alan E. Nourse


ALAN E. NOURSE, (1928–1992), was an American Science Fiction author and physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult SF, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science.  His SF works generally focused on medicine and/or psionics.  Psionics refers to the practice, study, or psychic ability of using the mind to induce paranormal phenomena. Examples of this include telepathy, telekinesis, and other workings of the outside world through the psyche. 

Nourse had helped pay for his medical education by writing short stories for magazines and after graduation he had a column in Good Housekeeping magazine.

 An author of eleven novels and dozens of short stories, his popular non-fiction writing included many books on sexually transmitted diseases.  

 Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1964 novel Farnham’s Freehold to Nourse.  

From LibriVox:

1.  Star Surgeon - Dal Timgar had always wanted to be a doctor. As a Garvian and the first non-human to study medicine on Hospital Earth, he must face enormous adversity from classmates, professors, and some of the highest ranking physicians on all of Earth. Will his efforts be enough to earn him the Silver Star of a Star Surgeon?

2.  Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 008  This collection presents ten of his short stories which were published between 1954 and 1963:
a.  Circus
b.  The Coffin Cure
c.   Letter of the Law
d.  The Link
e.  Meeting of the Board
f.   My Friend Bobby
g.  The Native Soil
h.  An Ounce of Cure
i.   PRoblem
j.  Second Sight

3.  Circus  (3rd story from Sci Fi Collection #5)

4.  My Friend Bobby  (7th story from Sci Fi Collection 21)

5.  Derelict  (5th story in sci fi collection # 39)

6.  The Coffin Cure  (1st story from X Minus One Sci Fi Stories)

7.  Five Stories
  The 5 stories are:
  a.  Gold In The Sky - Greg Hunter -Test pilot--happy only when his life hung in the balance. Tom Hunter-A pioneer--his frontier was hidden in test tubes. Johnny Coombs-A prospector--he returned from the asteroids too soon. Merrill Tawney-An industrialist--he sought plunder even beyond the stars. Major Briarton-A government man--his creed was law and order.
  b.  Martyr  -  “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 would 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?”
  c.  Infinite Intruder - Some people have been trying kill the little son of Roger Strang, a man building some sort of "electronic Barrier" to protect the US from atomic war with "the Eurasian Combine". And local security people think Roger is mad & don't plan to investigate; in fact, they accuse him to be an impostor ... some kind of a spy planted in their midst!
  d.  Marley's Chain - Tam's problem was simple. He lived in a world that belonged to someone else.
  e.  Contamination Crew - A medical survey ship brings back an unexpected passenger on their trip home to Hospital Earth. Will they be able to find a way to kill it before it eats everything aboard?

8.  A Man Obsessed - Jeffrey Meyer had a killing on his mind. It meant nothing to him that his towering Twenty-first Century world was going mad. He shouldered aside the rising tide of narcotics-mania, the gambling fever, the insatiable lust for the irrational. Jeff had his own all-consuming obsession—Paul Conroe must die! After a five-year frenzied chase, Jeff had his victim cornered; he'd driven him into the last hideaway of the world's most desperate men—the sealed vaults of the human-vivisectionists. And Jeff knew that to reach his final horrible objective, he must offer himself also as a guinea pig for the secret experiments of the world's most feared physicians!


From SFFAudio:

  1. Other Alan Nourse Stories  [go to the bottom of this link]