2018-02-19 09:03:41 UTC
Richard Cartland is one of a number of criminals who volunteer to work in the Ferrinite mines on the Moon, in return for a year of the sentence for each month served. Unfortunately he may not live to benefit, as Ferrinite gives off lethal radiation. "Fourteen days of it and you're a corpse. A nasty messy corpse with running sores and rotting insides."
Cartland gets involved with the Freedom Group which seeks to overthrow the Earth Council. However, when he learns that their plans involve bombarding earth with atomic missiles, he turs against it and wins over enough of its members to defeat the plot. He is rewarded with a pardon and a place in the new spacefleet. The head of the Council tells him "The stars are yours".
Probably another Badger, but I can't swear to it.
Couple of other recollections. There is a horrible scene in which the Group's leader is blinded because he was wearing contact lenses when they blasted off - though we are told elsewhere that the acceleration was only 5g, which imho makes this a bit unlikely. Also I'm pretty sure that the first chapter was entitled "Ferrinite Is Death" and the last one "Death on Lunar" (not a typo, it really was spelt with an r). Hope this helps.
Mike Stone, Peterborough, England
Always drink upriver from the herd.