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The Angel of the Revolution:  A Tale of the Coming Terror
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The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror

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Author: George Griffith
Publisher: Forgotten Books, 2012
Hyperion, 1974
Original English publication, 1893
Series: Angel of the Revolution: Book 1

1. The Angel of the Revolution
2. Olga Romanoff

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Mundane SF
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Synopsis

A lurid mix of Jules Verne's futuristic air warfare fantasies, the utopian visions of News from Nowhere and the future war invasion literature of Chesney and his imitators, it told the tale of a group of terrorists who conquer the world through airship warfare. Led by a crippled, brilliant Russian Jew and his daughter, the 'angel' Natasha, 'The Brotherhood of Freedom' establish a 'pax aeronautica' over the earth after a young inventor masters the technology of flight in 1903. The hero falls in love with Natasha and joins in her war against society in general and the Russian Czar in particular.


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It flies! I am master of the Powers of the Air at last! They were strange words to be uttered, as they were, by a pale, haggard, half-starved looking young fellow in a dingy, comfortless room on the top floor of a South London tenement-house; and yet there was a triumphant ring in his voice, and a clear, bright flush on his thin cheeks that spoke at least for his own absolute belief in their truth. Let us see how far he was justified in that belief. To begin at the beginning, Richard Arnold was one of those men whom the world is wont to call dreamers and enthusiasts before they succeed, and heaven-born geniuses and benefactors of humanity afterwards. He was twenty-six, and for nearly six years past he had devoted himself, soul and body, to a single idea to the so far unsolved problem of aerial navigation.

Copyright © 1893 by George Griffith


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