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Badge of Infamy

Badge of Infamy by Lester Del Rey
By: (1915-1993)

Daniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend’s life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he’s a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient. But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he’s hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, Feldman finds himself a pivotal figure. War erupts. Earth is poised to wipe out the Mars colony utterly. A cure to the plague is the price of peace, and only Feldman can find it (summary by Steven H. Wilson).

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This etext was produced from an Ace Books paperback, 1973. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: BADGE OF INFAMY



The computer seemed to work as it should. The speed was within acceptable limits. He gave up trying to see the ground and was forced to trust the machinery designed for amateur pilots. The flare bloomed, and he yanked down on the little lever.

It could have been worse. They hit the ground, bounced twice, and turned over. The ship was a mess when Feldman freed himself from the elastic straps of the seat. Chris had shrieked as they hit, but she was unbuckling herself now.

He threw her her spacesuit and one of the emergency bottles of oxygen from the rack. "Hurry up with that. We've sprung a leak and the pressure's dropping."

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 16, 2014
Subject: future
Lester Del Ray was a prophet the story lists our woes while disguised in a well written science fiction story. Well read.
Reviewer: - May 11, 2008
Subject: Free Audio, Review
This is a fun story. It starts on Earth with the main character spending the night in a doss house trying to sleep next to a dying man, and being unable to do anything about it despite being a doctor. He's held back by the laws of "medical lobby". Thus are we introduced to this far future with a gritty feel. Yes we have space ships, but not the clean loverly looking ships of Star Wars, but the tough dirty feeling you get when watching Blade Runner. The world is run by the lobbies and men are ground up in "the machine." It's a tough place to live and our hero see's no hope except to try and escape to the less strict world of Mars. There his skills might be of use. This was a great light story that filled an afternoon nicely. The well produced reading is easy on the ears. Classic SciFi well done. Reading = 3/3 Production = 2/3 Story = 2/3 Total = 7/9
Reviewer: - October 5, 2007
Subject: Simply amazing
lester del ray will capture you with this book, his immagination is unparelled to most authors books that I have read, in one word.....AMAZING

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