Post by Jack Bohn Post by James Nicoll
The War in the Air by H. G. Wells
The only thing I retain from having read it is a bit of silliness with
Bert and brother on the beach. That, and the 1908 date versus a certain
1903 date; information was not quickly or widely disseminated, even
within the airplane industry of the time, such as it was.
The Wright Brothers _are_ mentioned.
"You get anybody come along who does anything striking in this line, and,
you bet, he vanishes. Just goes off quietly out of sight. After a bit,
you don't hear anything more of em at all. See? They disappear. Gone
--no address. First--oh! it's an old story now--there was those Wright
Brothers out in America. They glided--they glided miles and miles. Finally
they glided off stage. Why, it must be nineteen hundred and four, or
five, THEY vanished!"
Presumably into offstage efforts to do what Karl did.
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