“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?”
– Abbas ibn Firnas
I finished that alt-hist short story! It’s a nice, hefty 8,300 words long, and will probably end up a little longer.
In the story, it’s the 1050th anniversary of the invention of the hang-glider, and Andalusian peace activist Tariq ait Fortun falls into the talons of terrorists.
First line: The last echoes of the call to worship fade into the heat rising off Cordoba, and against Tariq’s back the glider shivers.
Last line: He looks up. “Now where are those matches?” Tariq cannot wait to get back into the sky.
Finished in: The Saint Andrews Guest House, Jerusalem, Israel
“The Goose’s Wing” is available now in the Tales from Alternate History 2 anthology.