Taking Off
 

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Contents
 
About the Book     Description and Reviews 
Preliminaries     Dedication and Epigraph 
Preface     Lets and Hindrances, Views and Prospects
Chapter 1     Babbington Needs Me
Chapter 2     In the Historic Downtown Plaza
Chapter 3     The Birdboy of Babbington
Chapter 4     Straight
Chapter 5     Oh, the Squalor
Chapter 6     Dreams of Flying
Chapter 7     On Intention and Travel
Chapter 8     One in a Line of Impractical Craftsmen
Chapter 9     The Example of Dædalus and Icarus
Chapter 10     A Source of Motivation
Chapter 11     In Search of Some Bits of Memory
Chapter 12     I Seek a Little Help from My Friends
Chapter 13     The QT-909, from QT Flying Machines
Chapter 14     No Laughing Matter
Chapter 15     On Rejectionís Gray Gloom
Chapter 16     Mr. MacPherson Raises a Question
Chapter 17     Antinostalgia
Chapter 18     I Am Challenged
Chapter 19     A Baedeker for a Wild Goose
Chapter 20     A Father-and-Son Conspiracy
Chapter 21     Employing the Power of Experimental Thinking, I Prepare to Weld
Chapter 22     To Hell with Welding
Chapter 23     Pinch-a-Penny, the Peopleís Plane
Chapter 24     Surplus Motorcycles? Why Not?
Chapter 25     A Sop
Chapter 26     An Urge
Chapter 27     Majestic Salvage and Wrecking
Chapter 28     I, Sven
Chapter 29     In Which My Conscience Makes an Appearance
Chapter 30     A Worthy Cause
Chapter 31     El Patrónís Revenge
Chapter 32     The Best in Town!
Chapter 33     I Play the Losing Game of Translation
Chapter 34     Elements of Aeronautics
Chapter 35     Albertine Takes a Tumble
Chapter 36     From the Symphysis Pubis to the Crest of Ilium
Chapter 37     Please, Sir, I Yearn to Learn
Chapter 38     If Only . . .
Chapter 39     Recruiting the Crew
Chapter 40     Al and I, Unstoppable
Chapter 41     I, Panmuphle
Chapter 42     The Boss Takes His Place
Chapter 43     Flyguys
Chapter 44     Albertine on Coincidence and Accident
Chapter 45     The Spirit of Camaraderie
Chapter 46     Through the Agency of Dust
Chapter 47     Paneling, A Thought Experiment
Chapter 48     My Name Stitched in Red
Chapter 49     Traveling Light
Chapter 50     Albertineís Childlike State of Wonder and Receptivity 
Chapter 51     A Banner Day
Chapter 52     Pleasure and Pain, in Sympathy
Chapter 53     Albertine Takes Off
Chapter 54     I Take Off
 


Copyright © 2006 by Eric Kraft

Taking Off is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the authorís imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. 

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.

Taking Off will be published in hardcover by St. Martinís Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

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For information about publication rights outside the U. S. A., audio rights, serial rights, screen rights, and so on, e-mail the authorís imaginary agent, Alec ďNickĒ Rafter.

The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesnít particularly resemble Peter Leroyóexcept, perhaps, for the smile.

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