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The Peoples of the Air
Fame requiring great risks;
Here we have history as it wasn't seen:
And, for devilishly tempting ambition,
You haven't read another novel like this one.
Before the Wright Brothers opened the era of mechanical, powered flight in 1903, the daytime skies above the Earth were populous and busy. In the Middle Air were hidden the vast sunny cloudland of the Walking-Deck and smaller cloud-isles like Athenaeum and Swan, inhabited by humans since the fall of Troy and by aircats longer than that. In the Lower Air was the gossamer swirl of Springfolden, inhabited for long millennia by the more-or-less intelligent etherine vortices whom men called djinn.
Yet in the Nineteenth Century, volcanic turbulence disintegrated Springfolden and later burnt the Walking-Deck. In 1904, the long-lived Luftmenschen — both humans and aircats — were coming to terms with the wreckage of their comfortable way of life; as the djinn in their own way were as well.
Hendrik Rheinallt, a veteran in his youth of the New Model Army in the English Civil War, was a leader in redefining and redirecting the Luftmensch philosophy of life and action. His aircat friend Arahant and other colleagues and allies were one by one regaining optimism and energy — but so were the hostile djinn.
Strange new lands and spaces beckoned — new kinds of lands and spaces. Then the Sphinx (no, not that one) awakened her dreams from caged sleep, and began re-forming loyalties.
A deep & fanciful secret history;
Sphinx Daybreak is an Overflight novel: science fiction (or fantasy, if you prefer — but there is no magic, simply ethereal science).
The print version is a 6"x9" quality paperback; 604 pages. ISBN: 978-1720240068
Cover painting: "A Coign of Vantage" by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1895.
Please see these reviews at Troynovant —
Dean M. Sandin on Sphinx Daybreak.
Raymond J. Ford on Sphinx Daybreak.
On "willing suspension of disbelief":