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    Society with wings

    I was recently playing a game called Glyder2 on my HP Touchpad and was reminded of a book that I read when I was in Junior High in the Mid 80's. It was about a group of people that flew with wings similar to a hang glider. I specifically remember them talking about riding thermals. I believe the main character went on a trip for some reason. The only thing I have been able to find online is about Windhaven. this is not the book that I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nechasin View Post
    I was recently playing a game called Glyder2 on my HP Touchpad and was reminded of a book that I read when I was in Junior High in the Mid 80's. It was about a group of people that flew with wings similar to a hang glider. I specifically remember them talking about riding thermals. I believe the main character went on a trip for some reason. The only thing I have been able to find online is about Windhaven. this is not the book that I remember.
    There was a section of the one of the Mars trilogy books by Kim Stanley Robinson where the characters did this. I can't imagine that was it though because it would have been hard to forget Mars being the main focus of the story.

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    It is not the Mars series Kim Stanley Robinson. It might be classified as a Fantasy book instead of Scifi. Should I cross post to that forum section or is that frowned upon?

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    Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix is a one-book collection of short stories and novellas that has a mechanical hanglider on the cover and talks about it in the initial story. The first story in the lot is set in a cylindrical space habitat with low centrigugal gravity where powered flight is possible. There is lots of travelling in those stories.

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    Try 'The Storms of Windhaven' by Lisa Tuttle and George R R Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nechasin View Post
    the only thing i have been able to find online is about windhaven. This is not the book that i remember.

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    The Years of the City by Frederick Pohl perhaps?

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    Short Story

    Heinlein wrote a short story called "The Menace from Earth" where they fly with strap on wings in a dome on the moon.

    Also Building Harlequin's Moon (Niven/Cooper) has characters that fly with similar contraptions
    Last edited by spidre409; March 2nd, 2012 at 11:55 AM. Reason: typos

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    I was going to suggest Niven's The Integral Trees but I don't think that's the one you're looking for.

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    Could it be 'The Unwound Way'?

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    Terry Carr's "The Winds at Starmont" is about two human sportsmen who visit an alien planet dominated by an umpteen-mile-tall volcano. The native inhabitants of the planet have wings. The two men wear artificial wing suits, and with a native guide they attempt to fly to the top of Starmont, a task which is considered impossible to complete.

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