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Terminal Velocity: 09/02/06
Terminal Velocity began as a short story called "Dark Icarus" published in Science Fiction Monthly. From there Shaw expanded it into a short but delightful novel of an ex-cop trying to escape his demons who manages to recover his humanity.
As the short story title implies, the Icarus myth plays a part. Affordable antigravity technology has made personal flying as popular as cell phones are today. Everyone except the infirm seems to have one. Teens take to the skies and terrorize day to day commuters, often times to deadly results. Can a father prevent his son from falling in with the wrong crowd? What price is he willing to pay?
In the longer novel, the focus is not on the father-son relationship but on their house guest, Robert Hasson. He comes to them grounded by a physical injury and some psychological scarring too. His grounding from the antigravity packs makes him an outsider in modern society. He is also a foreigner visiting Canada from Britain.
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