Plague Doctors

I am reading Jeffrey Carver’s Eternity’s End, which features a version of The Flying Dutchman legend in it. (A bit too obviously — really, the allusion would have sufficed without constantly being told, “Hey, it’s a Flying Dutchman … in space!) A recent experiment in using a writing prompt had me re-writing Sherlock Holmes with the narrator, Watson, being an AI. I find myself fascinated by these kinds of revisions, and so I can’t help but wonder what one could do with the image and idea of plague doctors:

A Plague Doctor, by Faul Furst