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So as not to clutter various Review and Strata indexes with Overflight series novels, their reviews are listed here separately; along with whatever else seems appropriate.

The series chronologically begins with Sphinx Daybreak. The pioneering The Shadow of the Ship was written first solely because it stood alone more than other planned and potential novels, and I was sure it would be far simpler to attempt — which (albeit a tremendous effort) was correct. In retrospect, though, despite my daunting plethora of ideas for the series, I had only a sketchy idea of what was in front of me. — RWF
  

It is just the fact that we know no more about the ether than its form of elasticity which makes the conception of it somewhat unsatisfactory; and led the late Lord Salisbury, in his Presidential Address to the British Association at Oxford in 1894, to say of it that it merely 'furnishes a nominative case to the verb to undulate'.

H. W. B. Joseph
"Of Non-Reciprocating Causal Relations"
An Introduction to Logic  (1906; 2nd edition 1916)
  

  

Sphinx Daybreak  
  

Sphinx Daybreak Robert Wilfred Franson DM Sandin
Sphinx Daybreak Robert Wilfred Franson RJ Ford
Sphinx Daybreak Robert Wilfred Franson D Ludwig

  


  

The Shadow of the Ship  
  

Shadow of the Ship, The [1983 edition] Robert Wilfred Franson WH Stoddard
  
Shadow of the Ship, The [Revised Edition] Robert Wilfred Franson DM Sandin
Shadow of the Ship, The [Revised Edition] Robert Wilfred Franson RJ Ford
Shadow of the Ship, The [Revised Edition] Robert Wilfred Franson G Stolyarov II

  


  

Beyond the Tapestry Gate  
  

Scofflaw: Prohibited Anachronism?
  Overflight Textual Note

RW Franson
  

  
[Florence.]

Helen:

Whence honour but of danger wins a scar
As oft it loses all. I will be gone;
My being here it is that holds thee hence.
Shall I stay here to do't? No, no, although
The air of paradise did fan the house
And angels officed all. I will be gone,
That pitiful rumor may report my flight
To consolate thine ear. Come, night; end, day;
For with the dark, poor thief, I'll steal away.

William Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends Well, 3.2.117-125


  
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painting, bottom:
A Coign of Vantage
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1895
  


  
illustration, top right:
The Decked Flag of the Luftmenschen

four horizontal stripes, from the bottom upward:
tan, blue, white, and blue again.

Tan for the ground of Troy whence their forebears came,
Blue for the sky of the Middle Air,
White for the Walking-Deck cloud-land they lived upon,
and Blue again for infinite sky above all.
  

  
A Coign of Vantage, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1895

  

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