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  • Author:
    james white
  • ISBN:
    0450006662
  • ISBN13:
    978-0450006661
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  • Publisher:
    New English Library; First Printing edition (1971)
  • Pages:
    125 pages
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The Secret Visitors book. I have read some interesting and some smart James White. This novel, his first, is not good

The Secret Visitors book. This novel, his first, is not good. It starts in media res in a mess that never really clears up. The characters become very monotonous and absurd. There is a girl who we all focus on for half the book - until we simply don't anymore. The main character is a medical doctor who has somehow got himself attached to the British Intelligence office/FBI - why and how, we aren't told.

His deeply compassionate and tolerant attitude is infectious. The heroic surgeon angle tends to become somewhat repetitive and the conclusion of the story was a bit unrealistic but it was a pleasure discovering one of his stories I had not read earlier.

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James White (7 April 1928 – 23 August 1999) was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. In 1957, Ace Books published White's first novel, The Secret Visitors, which included locations in Northern Ireland. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending some early years in Canada. After a few years working in the clothing industry, he worked at Short Brothers Lt. an aircraft company based in Belfast, from 1965 until taking early retirement in 1984 as a result of diabetes. The book had previously been serialised in New Worlds with the title Tourist Planet.

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Secret Visitors (2 stars) - Dr. Lockhart is the protagonist in this story, and the reader is introduced to him while he is observing an old man in a cafe, who the FBI has been tracking; the reason for the observation is that the government has discovered that this old man, and many others who look just like him, are aliens, and they want to figure out why they are on Earth. When FBI agents approach these old men, they always take poison, and die before they can confess anything. In this case, the agents are able to stop the poison from acting instantly, and discover the old man's connections with some other people. They track these other people, and eventually discover that the others work for an alien tourist agency, and are dumping the old men on Earth, and aren't retrieving them again.

With the assistance of some of the tourist agents, Lockhart and some FBI agents disguise themselves and are able to get aboard an alien spacecraft, with the purpose of going to the central Galactic government, and revealing the illegal operations of the tourist agency. The agency attempts to stop them, and when that doesn't work, they start an interstellar war.

This is not a good story, and was very disappointing, since up until this one, I had always liked James White's novels. All of the aliens look exactly like humans, and are presented as incredibly naive. There are some scenes where the aliens almost go catatonic when they see some mountains, declaring that no mountains in the entire galaxy are as beautiful as Earth mountains; and other similar ridiculous scenarios. Near the end of the story, the humans have to help fight the war against the tourist agency, since the aliens are too stupid and weak to win the war on their own, even though they are the ones who created the interstellar empire.

Master of Life and Death (2 stars) - William Powell is the assistant of the administrator to the newly-created Ministry of Population control, and one day a man comes in to beg that his son not be euthanized, since anyone who could pass on bad genes is eliminated; Powell feels sorry for the man, and finagles a release for the son (illegally). Powell's brother Fred, however, finds out, and starts to blackmail his brother, since Powell would then be arrested and his career ruined. While this is going on, the administrator of the ministry is assassinated, since euthanasia is unpopular, and Powell is vaulted up to be the new administrator.

While this is all going on, a survey ship returns from Procyon, declaring that they have found a new planet that is perfect for humans, and has no intelligent life, so is ripe for colonization; the only problem being that an intelligent race lives on a neighboring gas-giant planet, and they don't want humanity as neighbors, since humans can't control their population.

The rest of the story deals with Powell as he tries to deal with the alien species, avoid being blackmailed by his brother, and try to find a scientist who has discovered a formula for immortality, but who has disappeared.

I didn't like this story too much, probably because it dealt too much with bureaucracy; page after page follows Powell when he is making administrative decisions, and following his reasoning, and is fairly dull. Silverberg does tie everything up at the end, but I don't read science fiction to find out how a bureaucracy works, and there is too much of that here.
Abuseyourdna
James White is one of my favorite authors. His deeply compassionate and tolerant attitude is infectious. The heroic surgeon angle tends to become somewhat repetitive and the conclusion of the story was a bit unrealistic but it was a pleasure discovering one of his stories I had not read earlier.
Steep
Secret Visitors (2 stars) - Dr. Lockhart is the protagonist in this story, and the reader is introduced to him while he is observing an old man in a cafe, who the FBI has been tracking; the reason for the observation is that the government has discovered that this old man, and many others who look just like him, are aliens, and they want to figure out why they are on Earth. When FBI agents approach these old men, they always take poison, and die before they can confess anything. In this case, the agents are able to stop the poison from acting instantly, and discover the old man's connections with some other people. They track these other people, and eventually discover that the others work for an alien tourist agency, and are dumping the old men on Earth, and aren't retrieving them again.

With the assistance of some of the tourist agents, Lockhart and some FBI agents disguise themselves and are able to get aboard an alien spacecraft, with the purpose of going to the central Galactic government, and revealing the illegal operations of the tourist agency. The agency attempts to stop them, and when that doesn't work, they start an interstellar war.

This is not a good story, and was very disappointing, since up until this one, I had always liked James White's novels. All of the aliens look exactly like humans, and are presented as incredibly naive. There are some scenes where the aliens almost go catatonic when they see some mountains, declaring that no mountains in the entire galaxy are as beautiful as Earth mountains; and other similar ridiculous scenarios. Near the end of the story, the humans have to help fight the war against the tourist agency, since the aliens are too stupid and weak to win the war on their own, even though they are the ones who created the interstellar empire.

Master of Life and Death (2 stars) - Roy Walton is the assistant of the administrator to the newly-created bureau of population control, and one day a man comes in to beg that his son not be euthanized, since anyone who could pass on bad genes is eliminated; Walton feels sorry for the man, and finagles a release for the son (illegally). Walton's brother Fred, however, finds out, and starts to blackmail his brother, since Walton would then be arrested and his career ruined. While this is going on, the administrator of the ministry is assassinated, since euthanasia is unpopular, and Walton is vaulted up to be the new administrator.

While this is all going on, a survey ship returns from Procyon, declaring that they have found a new planet that is perfect for humans, and has no intelligent life, so is ripe for colonization; the only problem being that an intelligent race lives on a neighboring gas-giant planet, and they don't want humanity as neighbors, since humans can't control their population.

The rest of the story deals with Walton as he tries to deal with the alien species, avoid being blackmailed by his brother, and try to find a scientist who has discovered a formula for immortality, but who has disappeared.

I didn't like this story too much, probably because it dealt too much with bureaucracy; page after page follows Walton when he is making administrative decisions, and following his reasoning, and is fairly dull. Silverberg does tie everything up at the end, but I don't read science fiction to find out how a bureaucracy works, and there is too much of that here.