History Literature / SectorGeneral

11th May '16 7:32:13 PM PaulA
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* FirstContactFauxPas: The Orligian-Human War started with the first face-to-face meeting between the two races, when a friendly gesture by one of the humans was misinterpreted as an attack by the Orligians, resulting in a fight that each side believed had started with an unprovoked attack by the other side.
14th Apr '16 9:32:14 PM PaulA
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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: In a twist on the revered icon version, the bodies of the Orligian and Human who initiated the peace process that ended the Orligian-Human War were displayed in stasis as part of a war memorial for two hundred years. The twist is that they weren't ''dead'' -- Grawlya-Ki and [=MacEwan=] met as the sole survivors of a space battle, and [=MacEwan=] was dying of his injuries when an Orligian rescue party arrived. After Grawlya-Ki explained what he'd learned, a decision was made to put [=MacEwan=] into stasis until medical science had advanced enough to save his life, and Grawlya-Ki insisted on going into stasis too so he could see for himself that his new friend was all right.



* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]]: Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.

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* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]]: HotScientist: Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.



* HumanPopsicle: The Orligians have a technology for freezing objects (including people) into stasis. It was first used during the Orligian-Human War as a weapon -- not only would an enemy ship in stasis no longer be a threat, but giving it a big enough bump would cause the stasis to fail catastrophically and the ship to explode -- but it was later adapted and refined as a medical tool, used to halt the deterioration of a patient in critical condition until assistance was available.



* PettingZooPeople: Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs and bears.

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* PettingZooPeople: Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs bears and bears.dogs.



* [[HumanPopsicle Sentient Popsicle]] - see the DeadGuyOnDisplay example.



* WarMemorial: When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed to the point that their lives could both be saved.

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* WarMemorial: When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, a memorial was erected on the Orligian homeworld (and subsequently replicated elsewhere) depicting the greatest victory of the war: not a battle, but the aftermath of one, and two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed marooned pilots who chose to start a conversation instead of finish each other off, thereby initiating the point that their lives could both be saved.peace process.
27th Feb '16 4:54:20 PM Bissek
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.cross-species (Menus on the station clearly label what species can eat what foods, though there isn't anything that can be eaten by everybody).
16th Nov '15 5:30:15 AM Prioris
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* BuxomIsBetter: Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design... despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.
** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the ventral/dorsal asymmetry of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.

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* BuxomIsBetter: Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design... despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.
** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the ventral/dorsal asymmetry
imbalanced, asymmetric masses of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.tissue hanging off their chest walls.



** Or as a Nidian male teaching doctor explains to his students alien gender issues are a subject it is safest to avoid altogether.

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** Or as a Nidian male teaching doctor explains to his students students: alien gender issues are a subject it is safest to avoid altogether.



* LanguageOfTruth: DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.
** Also, their fur adds context and nuance to their speech. So without understanding what the fur "says", it's like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything communicating by text without any body language cues]].

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* LanguageOfTruth: DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.
** Also, their
honest. To those who can't read the nuances of fur adds context and nuance to their speech. So without understanding what the fur "says", it's patterns, speaking with a Kelgian is rather like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything communicating by text without any body language cues]].



* NightmareFuel: In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)

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* NightmareFuel: In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work work, and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)
21st Jul '15 5:26:36 AM Vandegraff1
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* AlienLunch - Averted somewhat, as none of the meat dishes served [[FutureFoodIsArtificial are actually meat]], in order to avoid [[{{Squick}} squicking out]] patients or staff who might happen to resemble some other individual's meal. Any atmospheric condition worth its salt has several species eating together, though, and those people ''quickly'' learn to keep all eyes on their own plates. Unless they have the misfortune to be carrying other-species tapes in which case they are reduced to looking vaguely upward or keeping their optical organs tight shut.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause - The Monitor Corps conducts psychological assessment of pre-spaceflight civilizations before presenting them with alien monsters dropping out of the sky. This doesn't really constrain the protagonists, since involving the hospital station is shorthand for [[GodzillaThreshold 'screw it']]:

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* AlienLunch - AlienLunch: Averted somewhat, as none of the meat dishes served [[FutureFoodIsArtificial are actually meat]], ever sourced from once-living food animals]], in order to avoid [[{{Squick}} squicking out]] patients or staff who might happen to resemble some other individual's meal. Any atmospheric condition worth its salt has several species eating together, though, and those people ''quickly'' learn to keep all eyes on their own plates. Unless they have the misfortune to be carrying other-species tapes in which case they are reduced to looking vaguely upward or keeping their optical organs tight shut.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause - AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Monitor Corps conducts psychological assessment of pre-spaceflight civilizations before presenting them with alien monsters dropping out of the sky. This doesn't really constrain the protagonists, since involving the hospital station is shorthand for [[GodzillaThreshold 'screw it']]:"screw it"]]:



* AmbiguousGender and GenderNeutralWriting - In order to avoid confusion (or inadvertently giving offense by referring to an individual as the incorrect gender), aliens are properly referred to as "it"; characters thus only have their gender specified if they appear in a novel written from the point of view of a member of their species.
* AsYouKnow - Setting exposition is often delivered this way, sometimes [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as a test of knowledge.
* {{BFG}} - Hospital security staff is equipped with these. [[spoiler: The large size is required to hold a variety of [[TranquillizerDart tranquillizers]] for different species in the hospital.]] They also carry small sidearms. [[spoiler: [[StuffBlowingUp For blowing things up.]]]] Naturally, everyone prefers the {{BFG}}.
* BigCreepyCrawlies - Averted. Stop blathering and check the wear on those mandibles.
* BizarreAlienBiology, of course. And oh, what spectacularly bizarre biology it is.
* BrainInAJar - The VUXG, who make up for their lack of physical development with extremely strong psi powers.
* BuxomIsBetter - Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design ...Despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.

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* AmbiguousGender and GenderNeutralWriting - GenderNeutralWriting: In order to avoid confusion (or inadvertently giving offense by referring to an individual as the incorrect gender), aliens are properly referred to as "it"; characters thus only have their gender specified if they appear in a novel written from the point of view of a member of their species.
* AsYouKnow - AsYouKnow: Setting exposition is often delivered this way, sometimes [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as a test of knowledge.
* {{BFG}} - {{BFG}}: Hospital security staff is equipped with these. [[spoiler: The large size is required to hold a variety of [[TranquillizerDart tranquillizers]] for different species in the hospital.]] They also carry small sidearms. [[spoiler: [[StuffBlowingUp For blowing things up.]]]] Naturally, everyone prefers the {{BFG}}.
* BigCreepyCrawlies - BigCreepyCrawlies: Averted. Stop blathering and check the wear on those mandibles.
* BizarreAlienBiology, of BizarreAlienBiology: Of course. And oh, what spectacularly bizarre biology it is.
* BrainInAJar - BrainInAJar: The VUXG, who make up for their lack of physical development with extremely strong psi powers.
* BuxomIsBetter - BuxomIsBetter: Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design ...Despite design... despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.



* CasualInterstellarTravel - Otherwise, what would be the point of having a hospital serve an entire sector of the galaxy containing hundreds-to-thousands of star systems?
* ChangingOfTheGuard - The shift away from Conway as protagonist after ''Star Healer''.
* CourtroomEpisode - The first few chapters of ''The Genocidal Healer''.
* CrystalDragonJesus - Explicitly so, and only not literally because the crystalline lifeforms aren't dragons. White reveals in ''The Genocidal Healer'' that every sentient culture has a figure in its history exactly analogous to Jesus Christ: a "teacher" who brings a new and often gentler perspective to a culture, but is slain--in a specifically shameful and painful fashion--by those who do not share this perspective.
* DangerDeadpan[=/=]DeadpanSnarker - Major O'Mara, the hospital's chief of psychology. According to himself, his abrasiveness means he's relaxed and untroubled, free to be his own foul self. If O'Mara is being nice to you, panic.
** Which is nothing to Major O'Mara expressing concern. The last time O'Mara expressed concern a spaceship had just crashed into the station.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel - CasualInterstellarTravel: Otherwise, what would be the point of having a hospital serve an entire sector of the galaxy containing hundreds-to-thousands of star systems?
* ChangingOfTheGuard - ChangingOfTheGuard: The shift away from Conway as protagonist after ''Star Healer''.
* CourtroomEpisode - CourtroomEpisode: The first few chapters of ''The Genocidal Healer''.
* CrystalDragonJesus - CrystalDragonJesus: Explicitly so, and only not literally because the crystalline lifeforms aren't dragons. White reveals in ''The Genocidal Healer'' that every sentient culture has a figure in its history exactly analogous to Jesus Christ: a "teacher" who brings a new and often gentler perspective to a culture, but is slain--in a specifically shameful and painful fashion--by those who do not share this perspective.
* DangerDeadpan[=/=]DeadpanSnarker - DangerDeadpan[=/=]DeadpanSnarker: Major O'Mara, the hospital's chief of psychology. According to himself, his abrasiveness means he's relaxed and untroubled, free to be his own foul self. If O'Mara is being nice to you, panic.
** Which is nothing to Major O'Mara expressing concern. The last time O'Mara expressed concern concern, a spaceship had just crashed into the station.



* DistressCall - There are two ways of [[SubspaceAnsible communicating faster-than-light]]. One is by targeting one specific recipient and adding massive amounts of compression and redundance to let any of the signal get through past the background noise. The other is by forgetting all of that and [[TimTaylorTechnology plugging the transmitter into a nuclear reactor]], causing what amounts to a traceable, incoherent, omnidirectional scream.

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* DistressCall - DistressCall: There are two ways of [[SubspaceAnsible communicating faster-than-light]]. One is by targeting one specific recipient and adding massive amounts of compression and redundance to let any of the signal get through past the background noise. The other is by forgetting all of that and [[TimTaylorTechnology plugging the transmitter into a nuclear reactor]], causing what amounts to a traceable, an incoherent, but traceable and omnidirectional scream.



* EatThat - People who try to eat while carrying an Educator tape will find out what it feels like to have a part of you screaming that your dish isn't even for the right species. People who are Educated six ways to Sunday will find it out several times over, simultaneously.
** Hospital food even gets its own feature-length novel, in ''The Galactic Gourmet.'' You thought Jello and creamed chicken were bad? Just wait till you see what they're serving on the PVSJ ward.
* TheEmpath - Dr. Prilicla, a GLNO Cinrusskin who vaguely resembles a meter-long [[BigCreepyCrawlies mayfly]]. Noted for being the best liar in the hospital, as while it is [[LoopholeAbuse never exactly untruthful]], it always [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial manipulates its responses]] to "make the emotional radiation around itself as pleasant as possible."
* ExposedExtraterrestrials - Played with when Dr. Conway muses that he should be able to easily find the Earth Humans among the crowd at the space station's "beach" by the fact that only ''they'' would be wearing clothing.
* FaceOfAThug - O'Mara; before Sector General he kept getting assigned to heavy construction jobs because no one could believe anyone who looked so brutish could be very bright. He wound up doing amateur therapy on a psychologically damaged crewmate out of sheer intellectual boredom.
* FakeMemories - No doctor can learn all that's needed to treat hundreds of species in a single lifetime, so they upload and copy knowledge in the form of Educator tapes. These grant the entire memories and mindset of another being, with the slight side effect of a SplitPersonality. The most advanced personnel can keep multiple sets on indefinitely; being able to take it is the biggest challenge in such advancement.
* FantasticCasteSystem - Sommaradvan society has "worker", "warrior" and "leader" castes, which are applied to their medical profession: physicians are worker caste, surgeons warrior caste, and psychotherapists leader caste.

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* EatThat - EatThat: People who try to eat while carrying an Educator tape will find out what it feels like to have a part of you screaming that your dish isn't even for the right species. People who are Educated six ways to Sunday will find it out several times over, simultaneously.
** Hospital food even gets its own feature-length novel, in ''The Galactic Gourmet.'' You thought Jello Jell-O and creamed chicken were bad? Just wait till until you see what they're serving on the PVSJ ward.
* TheEmpath - TheEmpath: Dr. Prilicla, a GLNO Cinrusskin who vaguely resembles a meter-long [[BigCreepyCrawlies mayfly]]. Noted for being the best liar in the hospital, as while it is [[LoopholeAbuse never exactly untruthful]], it always [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial manipulates its responses]] to "make the emotional radiation around itself as pleasant as possible."
* ExposedExtraterrestrials - ExposedExtraterrestrials: Played with when Dr. Conway muses that he should be able to easily find the Earth Humans among the crowd at the space station's "beach" by the fact that only ''they'' would be wearing clothing.
* FaceOfAThug - FaceOfAThug: O'Mara; before Sector General he kept getting assigned to heavy construction jobs because no one could believe anyone who looked so brutish could be very bright. He wound up doing amateur therapy on a psychologically damaged psychologically-damaged crewmate out of sheer intellectual boredom.
* FakeMemories - FakeMemories: No doctor can learn all that's needed to treat hundreds of species in a single lifetime, so they upload and copy knowledge in the form of Educator tapes. These grant the entire memories and mindset of another being, with the slight side effect of a SplitPersonality. The most advanced personnel can keep multiple sets on indefinitely; being able to take it is the biggest challenge in such advancement.
* FantasticCasteSystem - FantasticCasteSystem: Sommaradvan society has "worker", "warrior" and "leader" castes, which are applied to their medical profession: physicians are worker caste, surgeons are warrior caste, and psychotherapists are leader caste.



* GaiasVengeance - interestingly inverted. The doughnut rollers of planet [[InherentlyFunnyWords Meatball]] have been terrorized and eaten by biomass covering most of their planet. It's really no surprise that once they discovered nuclear weapons, they started lobbing them into wilderness. [[GreenAesop Sill had to be stopped, though.]]
* GenericanEmpire [=/=] TheFederation - The Galactic Federation.
* GeniusLoci - (''Major Operation'') Try diagnosing a sapient living continent. Even worse, try ''treating'' one. Who knew you could use a warship as a tourniquet?
* GentleGiant - Most every massive race. This seems to be presented as half social necessity, half an universal quirk. For the adults, anyway. When a half-ton toddler charges at you wanting to play, the best option is to make for the ceiling.
* {{Heavyworlder}} - Several species, notably FROB Hudlar (spherical body plan with six radially symmetric tentacles) and FGLI Tralthan (resembling a hexapedal elephant), represent the "short and wide" version of this trope. On the flipside, LSVO Nallajim and GLNO Cinrusskin both hail from very low-gravity worlds and exemplify the "big and skinny" version (LSVO are avian, while GLNO are insectile).
* HelloNurse - The way male humans respond to Nurse Murchison, you'd think she was the only human female in the sector. Oh, wait...
* HiveMind - The radiation-eating [[strike:and individually bug-like]] [[strike:lizard-like]] [[strike:keep notes, White]] Telfi.
* HonorBeforeReason - Cha Thrat's very strict sense of medical ethics is one of the reasons she's not very popular on Sommaradva, and it gets her in hot water at Sector General as well in ''Code Blue - Emergency!''. (It doesn't help that her ideas of ethical behavior [[ValuesDissonance are considerably more extreme than what Sector General practices]].)

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* GaiasVengeance - interestingly GaiasVengeance: Interestingly inverted. The doughnut rollers of planet [[InherentlyFunnyWords Meatball]] have been terrorized and eaten by the biomass covering most of their planet. It's really no surprise that once they discovered nuclear weapons, they started lobbing them into wilderness. [[GreenAesop Sill Still had to be stopped, though.]]
* GenericanEmpire [=/=] TheFederation - TheFederation: The Galactic Federation.
* GeniusLoci - (''Major Operation'') GeniusLoci: ''Major Operation''. Try diagnosing a sapient living continent. Even worse, try ''treating'' one. Who knew you could use a warship as a tourniquet?
* GentleGiant - GentleGiant: Most every of the physically massive race. races. This seems to be presented as half social necessity, half an universal quirk. For the adults, anyway. When a half-ton toddler charges at you wanting to play, the best option is to make for the ceiling.
* {{Heavyworlder}} - {{Heavyworlder}}: Several species, notably FROB Hudlar (spherical body plan with six radially symmetric tentacles) and FGLI Tralthan (resembling a hexapedal elephant), represent the "short and wide" version of this trope. On the flipside, LSVO Nallajim and GLNO Cinrusskin both hail from very low-gravity worlds and exemplify the "big and skinny" version (LSVO are avian, while GLNO are insectile).
* HelloNurse - HelloNurse: The way male humans respond to Nurse Murchison, you'd think she was the only human female in the sector. Oh, wait...
* HiveMind - HiveMind: The radiation-eating [[strike:and individually bug-like]] [[strike:lizard-like]] [[strike:keep notes, White]] Telfi.
* HonorBeforeReason - HonorBeforeReason: Cha Thrat's very strict sense of medical ethics is one of the reasons she's not very popular on Sommaradva, and it gets her in hot water at Sector General as well in ''Code Blue - Emergency!''. (It doesn't help that her ideas of ethical behavior [[ValuesDissonance are considerably more extreme than what Sector General practices]].)



* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]] - Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.
* HospitalParadiso - Thoroughly averted. Sector General is a nightmare of a facility that caters to the sickest patients in the galaxy, but people come there precisely ''because'' of that. A physician or surgeon who can survive a residency at Sector General can pretty much take its pick of attending positions throughout the galaxy, and a patient won't dare die once it arrives on account of all the high-powered talent devoted to its care.
* HumansAreSpecial - Averted. Humans have done well for themselves after getting over war, but their only real exceptional features are incidental and culture-specific (a nudity taboo, the female life-mate often assuming part of the male's name). Mankind is depicted as an equal among many, such as when an ambulance ship displays "the Occluded Sun, the Brown Leaf, the Red Cross, and the many other symbols".
** Not entirely true. In the early books the Monitor Corps is described as almost entirely Human because only we have the intestinal fortitude to do 'wrong' things in a good cause, like kill in defense of TheFederation. Later aliens are shown as members, possibly in auxiliary and support roles.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes - Pretty incidental, but we have viewpoint characters wondering idly why humans bark and show their teeth when they're amused, or deciding that humans probably don't scratch their heads to dislodge parasites.
* {{Infodump}} - Every book re-explains a range of details relating to the setting, the hospital, and at least some of the species in it (occasionally just cutting and pasting passages from previous explanations).

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* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]] - Doctor]]: Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.
* HospitalParadiso - HospitalParadiso: Thoroughly averted. Sector General is a nightmare of a facility that caters to the sickest patients in the galaxy, but people come there precisely ''because'' of that. that; a patient won't dare die once it arrives on account of all the high-powered talent devoted to its care. A physician or surgeon who can survive a residency at Sector General can pretty much take its pick of attending positions throughout the galaxy, and a patient won't dare die once it arrives on account of all the high-powered talent devoted to its care.
galaxy.
* HumansAreSpecial - HumansAreSpecial: Averted. Humans have done well for themselves after getting over war, but their only real exceptional features are incidental and culture-specific (a nudity taboo, the female life-mate often assuming part of the male's name). Mankind is depicted as an equal among many, such as when an ambulance ship displays "the Occluded Sun, the Brown Leaf, the Red Cross, and the many other symbols".
** Not entirely true. In the early books the Monitor Corps is described as almost entirely Human because only we have the intestinal fortitude to do 'wrong' "wrong" things in a good cause, like kill in defense of TheFederation. Later Later, aliens are shown as members, possibly in auxiliary and support roles.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes - HumansThroughAlienEyes: Pretty incidental, but we have viewpoint characters wondering idly why humans bark and show their teeth when they're amused, or deciding that humans probably don't scratch their heads to dislodge parasites.
* {{Infodump}} - {{Infodump}}: Every book re-explains a range of details relating to the setting, the hospital, and at least some of the species in it (occasionally just cutting and pasting passages from previous explanations).



* TheIntern - many of these, including but not limited to Drs. Conway, Cha Thrat, and massive piles of new PGY-1 students whom Conway later shepherds through orientation. This is very much TruthInTelevision, however, as anyone who's ever been in a teaching hospital can attest.
* InterspeciesRomance - Thoroughly subverted. There are no cross-species romantic relationships, but since Educator tapes transfer the donor's personality as well as its medical knowledge, a tape carrier might find itself cued in to members of the donor's species in addition to its own. Dr. Conway runs afoul of this with a ELNT Melfan tape: "Half of (Conway's mind) insisted that the whole affair was ridiculous, while the other half thought lovingly of that gorgeously marked carapace and generally felt like baying at the moon." Cue {{Squick}} or [[FetishFuel Fetish]], as appropriate.
** But see O'Mara's retirement [[spoiler: where the effects of a tape long-held show a softer side]]

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* TheIntern - many TheIntern: Many of these, including but not limited to Drs. Doctors Conway, Cha Thrat, and massive piles of new PGY-1 students whom Conway later shepherds through orientation. This is very much TruthInTelevision, however, as anyone who's ever been in a teaching hospital can attest.
* InterspeciesRomance - InterspeciesRomance: Thoroughly subverted. There are no cross-species romantic relationships, but since Educator tapes transfer the donor's personality as well as its medical knowledge, a tape carrier might find itself cued in to members of the donor's species in addition to its own. Dr. Conway runs afoul of this with a ELNT Melfan tape: "Half of (Conway's mind) insisted that the whole affair was ridiculous, while the other half thought lovingly of that gorgeously marked carapace and generally felt like baying at the moon." Cue {{Squick}} or [[FetishFuel Fetish]], as appropriate.
** But see O'Mara's retirement [[spoiler: where the effects of a tape long-held show a softer side]]side]].



* LanguageOfTruth - DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.

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* LanguageOfTruth - LanguageOfTruth: DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.



* LastNameBasis - Most characters' first names are never mentioned, or learned only late in the series.

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* LastNameBasis - LastNameBasis: Most characters' first names are never mentioned, or learned only late in the series.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces - The hospital was originally built for at least sixty species, and they keep discovering more. They have so many, they have a four-letter coding system to classify them. Even at that, humans have to share the "DBDG" classification with two other (vaguely humanoid) species.
* MartialPacifist - Every member of the Monitor Corps we've ever met. Nobody uses lethal force, and the Monitors would much rather talk a bad guy down rather than resort to some less-savory means, like stun gas. This pacifistic attitude is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Star Surgeon'', where a full-blown [[RecycledInSpace nuclear war in space]], involving fifty-odd planets, one hospital station and thousands of ships, is described as a "police action."

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces - LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: The hospital was originally built for at least sixty species, and they keep discovering more. They have so many, they have a four-letter coding system to classify them. Even at that, humans have to share the "DBDG" classification with two other (vaguely humanoid) species.
* MartialPacifist - MartialPacifist: Every member of the Monitor Corps we've ever met. Nobody uses lethal force, and the Monitors would much rather talk a bad guy down rather than resort to some less-savory means, like stun gas. This pacifistic attitude is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Star Surgeon'', where a full-blown [[RecycledInSpace nuclear war in space]], involving fifty-odd planets, one hospital station and thousands of ships, is described as a "police action."



* MrExposition - Sometimes Thornnastor and O'Mara, but mostly Dr. Conway. He talks in whole pages of exposition. It's even lampshaded by O'Mara when he says that one of the reasons why Prilicla is promoted is because he's not a bore.
* NaiveNewcomer - Cha Thrat in ''Code Blue - Emergency!'' - and to an extent the Great Gurronsevas in ''The Galactic Gourmet''.
* NightmareFuel - In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)
* NoBiochemicalBarriers - On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.

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* MrExposition - MrExposition: Sometimes Thornnastor and O'Mara, but mostly Dr. Conway. He talks in whole pages of exposition. It's even lampshaded by O'Mara when he says that one of the reasons why Prilicla is promoted is because he's not a bore.
* NaiveNewcomer - NaiveNewcomer: Cha Thrat in ''Code Blue - Emergency!'' - and to an extent the Great Gurronsevas in ''The Galactic Gourmet''.
* NightmareFuel - NightmareFuel: In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)
* NoBiochemicalBarriers - NoBiochemicalBarriers: On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions - Played around with repeatedly. On the one hand, only a few of the humans seem to believe in (or at least mention believing in) a god or gods; on the other hand, more than a few of the other species do. To that end, the hospital's present chaplain is a BRLH Tarlan who [[TheAtoner gave up a promising surgical career out of guilt over dead patients]] and now handles the religious concerns - or at least, psychological problems / ethical conflicts with a religious element - of ''all'' species. His predecessor was an earth-human, probably a Monitor Corps Chaplain, who was killed years ago when a spaceship collided with the station.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions - OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Played around with repeatedly. On the one hand, only a few of the humans seem to believe in (or at least mention believing in) a god or gods; on the other hand, more than a few of the other species do. To that end, the hospital's present chaplain is a BRLH Tarlan who [[TheAtoner gave up a promising surgical career out of guilt over dead patients]] and now handles the religious concerns - or concerns--or at least, psychological problems / ethical problems/ethical conflicts with a religious element - of element--of ''all'' species. His predecessor was an earth-human, Earth-human, probably a Monitor Corps Chaplain, who was killed years ago when a spaceship collided with the station.



* PatchworkStory - The novels are nearly all stitched together from short stories, causing them to be relatively episodic.
* PettingZooPeople - Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs and bears.
* PlanetOfHats - There's waffling about this, as one species is vain only for the sake of irony, but most species-wide traits have physiological reasons. Large, heavy aliens tend to be gentle and careful because of the fragility of everyone else, and empaths are conciliators and peacemakers if their abilities [[PowerIncontinence don't turn]] ''[[PowerIncontinence off]]''. Newly encountered species are flatter, but "concerned about the missing ozone layer" or "dying of the plague" are valid generalizable traits.

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* PatchworkStory - PatchworkStory: The novels are nearly all stitched together from short stories, causing them to be relatively episodic.
* PettingZooPeople - PettingZooPeople: Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs and bears.
* PlanetOfHats - PlanetOfHats: There's waffling about this, as one species is vain only for the sake of irony, but most species-wide traits have physiological reasons. Large, heavy aliens tend to be gentle and careful because of the fragility of everyone else, and empaths are conciliators and peacemakers if their abilities [[PowerIncontinence don't turn]] ''[[PowerIncontinence off]]''. Newly encountered species are flatter, but "concerned about the missing ozone layer" or "dying of the plague" are valid generalizable traits.



* PsychicPowers - A few alien species have abilities outside the norm. All are classed under V in the species classification system. Humanity has telepathic potential... in its evolutionary history. The faculty was never used and is now atrophied and nonfunctional, only serving to make humans a bit more susceptible. It goes up to the VUXG, who look like prunes and are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportive]], [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]], and [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]]. One of them attempted to give sentience to a race of plant-eating dinosaurs by giving them the power to [[{{Flight}} fly]] telekinetically. Apparently that ability is [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain inherent and dormant in any large enough brain]] and needs only to be activated, but the VUXG refused to give it to humans when asked by one, saying they did not need it.
* ReassignedToAntarctica - Basically the entirety of ''Code Blue: Emergency!'' is Cha Thrat shuttling through these, beginning when her home planet pressures her into going to Sector General and ending when she's kicked out of ''the Maintenance division'' for disobeying a direct order. She ultimately winds up working in the only place she hasn't yet been exiled from, the Psych department, but since O'Mara actually ''wants'' her there it doesn't qualify as this.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter - Sommaradvans look like this to Gogleskans. This ends up as a plot point.

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* PsychicPowers - PsychicPowers: A few alien species have abilities outside the norm. All are classed under V in the species classification system. Humanity has telepathic potential... in its evolutionary history. The faculty was never used and is now atrophied and nonfunctional, only serving to make humans a bit more susceptible. It goes up to the VUXG, who look like prunes and are [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportive]], [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]], and [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]]. One of them attempted to give sentience to a race of plant-eating dinosaurs by giving them the power to [[{{Flight}} fly]] telekinetically. Apparently that ability is [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain inherent and dormant in any large enough brain]] and needs only to be activated, but the VUXG refused to give it to humans when asked by one, saying they did not need it.
* ReassignedToAntarctica - ReassignedToAntarctica: Basically the entirety of ''Code Blue: Emergency!'' is Cha Thrat shuttling through these, beginning when her home planet pressures her into going to Sector General and ending when she's kicked out of ''the Maintenance division'' for disobeying a direct order. She ultimately winds up working in the only place she hasn't yet been exiled from, the Psych department, but since O'Mara actually ''wants'' her there it doesn't qualify as this.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter - RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Sommaradvans look like this to Gogleskans. This ends up as a plot point.



* RunningGag - Dr. Thornnastor's fascination with gossip from the SNLU ward. What scandalous goings-on might be occurring among crystalline creatures who live in a cryogenic methane tank is left to the reader's imagination, which is probably exactly where it belongs.

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* RunningGag - RunningGag: Dr. Thornnastor's fascination with gossip from the SNLU ward. What scandalous goings-on might be occurring among crystalline creatures who live in a cryogenic methane tank is left to the reader's imagination, which is probably exactly where it belongs.



* SpacePolice - Again, the Monitor Corps. Don't let the military ranks fool you.
* StarfishAliens - ''Everywhere.'' The author's imagination never met the words "special effects budget." Three other "humanoid" (bipedal with two arms and a head) races are known to exist, but these are bit players or make no appearances at all.
* StayInTheKitchen - Women can't take Educator tapes. They just can't stand the experience. Yes, the series ''did'' start in the 1950s. This was too large to RetCon away, so the [[HandWave backpedalling]] gets downright weird in a later book's subversion. There a female nonhuman is told this... and then proceeds to have several extensive telepathic merges, with no serious ill effects.

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* SpacePolice - SpacePolice: Again, the Monitor Corps. Don't let the military ranks fool you.
* StarfishAliens - StarfishAliens: ''Everywhere.'' The author's imagination never met the words "special effects budget." Three other "humanoid" (bipedal with two arms and a head) races are known to exist, but these are bit players or make no appearances at all.
* StayInTheKitchen - StayInTheKitchen: Women can't take Educator tapes. They just can't stand the experience. Yes, the series ''did'' start in the 1950s. This was too large to RetCon away, so the [[HandWave backpedalling]] gets downright weird in a later book's subversion. There a female nonhuman is told this... and then proceeds to have several extensive telepathic merges, with no serious ill effects.



* StockFootage - Some of the blocks of setting exposition start to look ''extremely'' familiar once you've read a few of the books.
* SupremeChef - the Great Gurronsevas in ''The Galactic Gourmet'', who pulls strings to become Chief Dietician of Sector General for the sake of the professional challenge.

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* StockFootage - StockFootage: Some of the blocks of setting exposition start to look ''extremely'' familiar once you've read a few of the books.
* SupremeChef - SupremeChef: the Great Gurronsevas in ''The Galactic Gourmet'', who pulls strings to become Chief Dietician of Sector General for the sake of the professional challenge.



* UncannyValley - invoked in-canon. Late on a species is introduced who look very like Kelgians, but don't have their mobile emotion-indicating fur. They appear acutely disturbing to Kelgians because they seem like emotionless zombies to them.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee - In an unfortunate variant, Conway is known to withhold his brilliant-yet-insane plans not only from the reader but from ''his fellow doctors''. This gets dropped some distance into the series, as fairly good CharacterDevelopment.
* ViewersAreGoldfish - since earlier stories were published separately, each one explains the logistics of a multi-environment hospital, alien classification, memory tapes, etc. Identical language is used in every story. Reading all stories together, it gets rather repetitive.
* WarMemorial - When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed to the point that their lives could both be saved.
* WeAreAsMayflies - Some of these aliens could hardly gather the biomass involved during one human lifetime. On the other side of the scales we have a recurring [[spoiler:sentient viral colony, which needs a host and acts as a symbiote by performing excellent maintenance. It trades up from a TimeAbyss to a HiveMind, and plans to eventually obtain the longest-lived host possible by fashioning a metabolism and sentience onto a ''star''.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman - Averted. Exactly the same as a human, thank you very much.

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* UncannyValley - invoked UncannyValley: Invoked in-canon. Late on a species is introduced who look very like Kelgians, but don't have their mobile emotion-indicating fur. They appear acutely disturbing to Kelgians because they seem like emotionless zombies to them.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee - UnspokenPlanGuarantee: In an unfortunate variant, Conway is known to withhold his brilliant-yet-insane plans not only from the reader but from ''his fellow doctors''. This gets dropped some distance into the series, as fairly good CharacterDevelopment.
* ViewersAreGoldfish - since ViewersAreGoldfish: Since earlier stories were published separately, each one explains the logistics of a multi-environment hospital, alien classification, memory tapes, etc. Identical language is used in every story. Reading all stories together, it gets rather repetitive.
* WarMemorial - WarMemorial: When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed to the point that their lives could both be saved.
* WeAreAsMayflies - WeAreAsMayflies: Some of these aliens could hardly gather the biomass involved during one human lifetime. On the other side of the scales we have a recurring [[spoiler:sentient viral colony, which needs a host and acts as a symbiote by performing excellent maintenance. It trades up from a TimeAbyss to a HiveMind, and plans to eventually obtain the longest-lived host possible by fashioning a metabolism and sentience onto a ''star''.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman - WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Averted. Exactly the same as a human, thank you very much.
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* BuxomIsBetter - Again, Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design ...Despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.

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* BuxomIsBetter - Again, Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design ...Despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.



* CrystalDragonJesus - explicitly so, and only not literally because the crystalline lifeforms aren't dragons. White reveals in ''The Genocidal Healer'' that every sentient culture has a figure in its history exactly analogous to Jesus Christ.

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* CrystalDragonJesus - explicitly Explicitly so, and only not literally because the crystalline lifeforms aren't dragons. White reveals in ''The Genocidal Healer'' that every sentient culture has a figure in its history exactly analogous to Jesus Christ.Christ: a "teacher" who brings a new and often gentler perspective to a culture, but is slain--in a specifically shameful and painful fashion--by those who do not share this perspective.
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** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the front/back asymmetry of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.

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** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the front/back ventral/dorsal asymmetry of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.
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* {{BFG}} - hospital security staff is equipped with these. [[spoiler: The large size is required to hold a variety of [[TranquillizerDart tranquillizers]] for different species in the hospital.]] They also carry small sidearms. [[spoiler: [[StuffBlowingUp For blowing things up.]]]] Naturally, everyone prefers the {{BFG}}.

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* {{BFG}} - hospital Hospital security staff is equipped with these. [[spoiler: The large size is required to hold a variety of [[TranquillizerDart tranquillizers]] for different species in the hospital.]] They also carry small sidearms. [[spoiler: [[StuffBlowingUp For blowing things up.]]]] Naturally, everyone prefers the {{BFG}}.



* BrainInAJar - the VUXG, who make up for their lack of physical anatomy with extremely strong psi powers.

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* BrainInAJar - the The VUXG, who make up for their lack of physical anatomy development with extremely strong psi powers.
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* AmbiguousGender and GenderNeutralWriting - In order to avoid confusion, aliens are properly referred to as "it"; characters thus only have their gender specified if they appear in a novel written from the point of view of a member of their species.

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* AmbiguousGender and GenderNeutralWriting - In order to avoid confusion, confusion (or inadvertently giving offense by referring to an individual as the incorrect gender), aliens are properly referred to as "it"; characters thus only have their gender specified if they appear in a novel written from the point of view of a member of their species.
20th Jul '15 1:56:45 PM Prioris
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** And by extreme, we mean she refuses to do anything to her patient that she doesn't do to herself. After completing an amputation of a gangrenous extremity, she calmly takes the bone saw and [[AnEyeForAnEye lops off one of her own limbs,]] in full view of a horrified operating theatre full of staff and trainees.

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** And by extreme, we mean she refuses to do anything to her patient that she doesn't do to herself. After completing an amputation of a gangrenous extremity, she calmly takes the bone saw and [[AnEyeForAnEye [[EquivalentExchange lops off one of her own limbs,]] in full view of a horrified operating theatre full of staff and trainees.
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