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VOYAGE OF THE NIGHTINGALE

Big-Hearted Science Fiction

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of A Bad Idea

Apr 23, 2015: This is a fun serial. Set 200 years in the future, it follows the trials of Lucy Hernandez, a good-hearted nursing student just trying to make her way through life.

The story’s got a warm, homespun quality. It’s really nice, and not at all what I’m expect from a science fiction medical drama. As the author herself explained, it’s not the sort of SF you’d expect from, say, Michael Crichton.

Instead, it really digs into the thoughts of Hernandez, showing how she reacts to situations that rely more on her heart than her head. For instance, early in the serial she’s running late. If she doesn’t get to the nursing school space ship on time, they won’t let her on. But there’s a kid who needs her help, so she has to decide what to do.

That’s not to say there isn’t any science involved. I found it amusing that at one point the author referred to the eyes of a person who’d just woken up as "bleached rods and cones." It’s also clear she knows her stuff. She herself is a medical student, and there’s been some discussion in the comments section where she talks about the way she thinks diseases have evolved in this fictional world.

All in all, good stuff.

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