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James White

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Full Name: James White
Born: April 7, 1928
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: August 23, 1999
Portstewart, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: Northern Irish


James White was a prolific Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories, and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending early years in Canada.

He is probably best-known as the author of the Sector General series of novels. The first novels were assembled from strung-together short stories, but later Sector General adventures were written as full-length novels. The first Sector General novel was published in 1962, and the last published posthumously in 1999. The short-story collection The Aliens Among Us (1969) is also related to the Sector General series, since it includes the Sector General story "Countercharm" and the quasi-Sector General story "Occupation: Warrior".

His novel The Watch Below is considered by some aficionados to be his finest work - a claustrophobic book describing the travails of parallel survivors of war (human) and accident (alien).

"The Silent Stars Go By" is an excellent example of alternative history. A Gaelic visitor to Alexandria, Egypt, realizes the industrial potential of a primitive steam engine constructed by Hero. The resulting society launches a starship in the year 1492.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 Sector General

 1. (1962)
 2. (1963)
 3. (1971)
 4. (1979)
 5. (1983)
 6. (1985)
 7. (1987)
 8. (1992)
 9. (1996)
 10. (1997)
 11. (1998)
 12. (1999)