“What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose’s wing?”
– Abbas ibn Firnas
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.
“The Goose’s Wing” is available now in the Tales from Alternate History 2 anthology.
Interested in the world of “The Goose’s Wing”? Here are my world-building notes.
Hang-gliders (the first glimmerings of the idea)
The Era of the Kite and Rocket (some serious world-building)
The Goose’s Wing: Materials and Design (even more serious world-building)
The Goose’s Wing: Early uses of gliders (I got some help from the alternatehistory.com)
Kiteworld (A map! My first real althist map by none other than Bruce Munro)
A Kitworld playlist
and more (my tumbler tag for The Goose’s Wing)