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Chalet in the Sky by Albert Robida
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Sep 24, 12

bookshelves: blackcoat-press, sf-fantasy

Two novellas from one of France's fathers of sci-fi, Albert Robida.

The title story concerns an actual airship that looks more a vacation house, populated by a professor, his two nephews, a comic relief housekeeper and a dog. They travel around the future earth and get in and out of various escapades.

Very Jules Verne-esque with a vague feeling to it that this was originally done as a satire, but the humor is really uneven.

Fun, but a bit flat.

The second story, 'The school of 1950' is a brilliant fun mish-mash of futurism and boys own adventure story.
A well off star student, who is also a bit of a knucklehead, at a futuristic school takes an exchange student from Africa under his wing and drags him along on all his schemes.

There is a lot of casual racism in this story, but the black student, actually comes across as the more stable and responsible of the duo and is treated as a smart, likable teen.

The future parts are now seen as steampunk and the adventures through the school year have an odd vibe that might remind you of Harry Potter.

School of 1950 s my favorite of the two and I wish Robida had written more featuring these characters.
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