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Vertigo

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Yuri Lytovchenko
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story about a man recovering from injury and also trying regain self-esteem... SciFi is just a decor, however, quite attractive
Hugh
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Bit of a slow start, but interesting enough and still worth a read.
Stephen West
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Larry
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Zantaeus Glom
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cracking read by the talented Bob Shaw.
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Shelves: scifi
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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
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