Badge of Infamy and The Sky is Falling Author:Lester del Rey 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 de?signed 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 ... more »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.
Ile 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."
The Sky is Falling:
Dave stared around the office. He went to the window and stared upwards at the crazy patchwork of the sky. For all knew, in such a sky there might be cracks. In fact, as he looked, he could make out a rift, and be?yond that a ... hole ... a small patch where there was no color, and yet the sky there was not black. There were no stars there, though points of light were clus?tered around the edges, apparently retreating.« less
The description listed with Badge of Infamy is a snippet from the book, but not one that has much to do with what the book is about. The plot follows the story of a doctor who has been ostracized from his profession by a medical "lobby" which has taken over the practice of health care and set up rules maximizing their own profit. He ends up on Mars and must diagnose and find a cure for a spreading plague in order to forestall the obliteration of the revolting colony. It's a typical hero story with a fairly predictable plot. The story is 30 years old, and it is interesting to see how close the author came to the current state of the medical industry.