By Bob Shaw
Additionally released as Terminal Velocity.
The invention of an inexpensive and simple to exploit anti-gravity harness revolutionises society. Humanity takes to the skies in its thousands, with large resultant difficulties for governments and police. nearly all airplane are grounded, as a result of the chance of collision with a stray flyer. Airborne delinquents and criminals are virtually most unlikely to regulate and will be lethal.
Robert Hasson is an efficient policeman. yet a near-fatal airborne war of words with a psychopath has left him shattered, either bodily and mentally. despatched to Canada to get well (and to flee the attentions of a neighborhood businessman whose son he has placed away), Hasson is a damaged guy, not able to stand human corporation, haunted by means of nightmares and sure that he'll by no means back wear an anti-gravity harness.
But his Canadian host, police leader Al Werry, has a huge challenge on his fingers within the form of a towering unfinished lodge, the Chinook, whose top degrees are inaccessible from the floor, and are used as an unlawful assembly position through neighborhood gangs of flyers. Worse, the hotel's proprietor, greenback Morlacher, intends to take the legislation into his personal arms to house them. The violence that has been simmering within the city threatens to erupt and Werry turns out powerless to forestall it.
Unwillingly, Hasson reveals himself drawn into the clash and compelled to stand his personal problems.
Vertigo is classic Bob Shaw, fast-moving, clever and immensely readable.
Originally released 1978 via Gollancz.