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The invention of a cheap and easy to use anti-gravity harness revolutionises society. Humanity takes to the skies in its millions, with huge resultant problems for governments and police. Virtually all aircraft are grounded, because of the risk of collision with a stray flyer. Airborne delinquents and criminals are practically impossible to control and can be lethal. Rober...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 1st 1979 by Ace (first published 1978)
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Stephen West
In Vertigo (also known as Terminal Velocity) Bob Shaw creates an intriguing vision of a society transformed by the advent of personal counter-gravity devices that allow people to fly like birds. Aeroplane flight is largely abandoned due to the dangers posed by hordes of flyers, hundreds of people are killed every year by falling objects dropped (accidentally or deliberately) by the flyers, and teenagers play deadly games of chicken with unsuspecting commuters.

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A neat little story centred around the idea of personal flight and its implications (also complications!), as well as one man's battle with his own psyche.
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag...more
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