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Vertigo

(1978)
(Terminal Velocity)
A novel by

 
 
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. Robert Hasson is a good policeman. But a near-fatal airborne confrontation with a psychopath has left him shattered, both physically and mentally. Sent to Canada to recuperate (and to escape the attentions of a local businessman whose son he has put away), Hasson is a broken man, unable to face human company, haunted by nightmares and certain that he will never again put on an anti-gravity harness. But his Canadian host, police chief Al Werry, has a major problem on his hands in the shape of a towering unfinished hotel, the Chinook, whose upper levels are inaccessible from the ground, and are used as an illegal meeting place by local gangs of flyers. Worse, the hotel's owner, Buck Morlacher, intends to take the law into his own hands to deal with them. The violence that has been simmering in the town threatens to erupt and Werry seems powerless to stop it. Unwillingly, Hasson finds himself drawn into the conflict and forced to face his own problems. "Vertigo" is vintage Bob Shaw, fast-moving, intelligent and immenselyreadable.

"Terminal Velocity" (1991) contains the same story as "Vertigo" but alsoincludes, as a prologue, an 11-page short story by Bob Shaw that was firstpublished as "Dark Icarus" in Science Fiction Monthly vol. 1, No. 4 (1974),then retitled as "A Little Night Flying" for "If - Worlds of ScienceFiction" (August 1974), and also included in "Cosmic Kaleidoscope" (1976).

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Bob Shaw's Vertigo

Hardback Editions

October 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Terminal Velocity
Author(s): Bob Shaw
ISBN: 0-575-04917-0 / 978-0-575-04917-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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November 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Vertigo ([Gollancz SF])
Author(s): Bob Shaw
ISBN: 0-575-02559-X / 978-0-575-02559-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Terminal Velocity
Author(s): Bob Shaw
ISBN: 0-575-05314-3 / 978-0-575-05314-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vertigo (Pan science fiction)
Author(s): Bob Shaw
ISBN: 0-330-25990-3 / 978-0-330-25990-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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February 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Vertigo
Author(s): Bob Shaw
ISBN: 0-441-86170-9 / 978-0-441-86170-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Vertigo
Author(s): Bob Shaw
Publisher: Gateway
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September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Vertigo
Author(s): Bob Shaw
Publisher: Gateway
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