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by Bob Shaw,Bob Norrington

eBook Vertigo (Pan Science Fiction) download ISBN: 0330259903
Author: Bob Shaw,Bob Norrington
Publisher: Pan Books, Ltd.; First Thus edition (1980)
Language: English
Pages: 160
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Rating: 4.7
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

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The invention of a cheap and easy-to-use antigravity harness revolutionises society. Humanity takes to the skies in its millions, with huge resultant problems for governments and police. Virtually all aircraft are grounded, because of the risk of collision with a stray flyer. Airborne delinquents and criminals are practically impossible to control and can be lethal. Robert Hasson is a good policeman. But a near-fatal airborne confrontation with a psychopath has left him shattered, both physically and mentally.

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Vertigo is vintage Bob Shaw, fast-moving, intelligent and immensely readable. Bob Shaw's previous novels have earned him a world-wide reputation and he has won the British Science Fiction Award. Terminal Velocity (1991) contains the same story as Vertigo but also includes, as a prologue, an 11-page short story by Bob Shaw that was first published as Dark Icarus in Science Fiction Monthly vol. 1, No. 4 (1974), then retitled as A Little Night Flying for If - Worlds of ScienceFiction (August 1974), and also included in Cosmic Kaleidoscope. The Ragged Astronauts lao-1.

Showing 1-10 of 10. Vertigo (Paperback). Vertigo (Mass Market Paperback). Published 1980 by Pan Books. Published February 1st 1979 by Ace. Paperback, 236 pages. ISBN: 0441861709 (ISBN13: 9780441861705). Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages. ISBN: 0330259903 (ISBN13: 9780330259903).

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This is a fairly classic piece, that tells of a man overcoming the obstacles in his life, (after a serious accident), in a fairly realistic way. I particularly enjoyed the way Bob Shaw had written about the emotional problems the protagonist faced and how he worked his way though them. the tips on healthy eating and the like were greatly appreciated. Ok, it's a little abbreviated and slightly quicker than real life, but on the whole a good representation of getting better. Though most of us would get better and still be left with *some* PTSD. But life is an ongoing series of steps and if you are willing to forgive a little poetic license, (for the sake of the story), it's a great depiction of someone getting over their issues.
This is only my second Bob Shaw novel (the first being Ground Zero Man) but I can already draw parallels between the two, and hopefully extend this assumption with his other works. Ground Zero Man was special for its empathetic characterization of mathematician Hutchman and his coping with the knowledge that could save or destroy the world. The general outline may seem hokey but Bob Shaw's gift for characterization carries the reader through the novel. This is exactly the same case for Vertigo: a turmoiled man is empathetically characterized and he must confront his demons to save the day.

Rear cover synopsis:
"Rob Hasson was an Air Patrolman, one of the best, until the day someone jumped him in mid-air and sent him hurtling into a fall that should have killed him. Now his mind, still tormented by memories of the shrieking air and rushing ground, protects his patched-together body by refusing to let him fly again. And what use to anyone is an Air Patrolman who's afraid to fly? Rob Hasson thinks he's a coward. No one could have foreseen the chain of events that would prove him wrong."

In a world where flying with CG belts (counter-gravity devices) is the norm for personal transportation, once Air Patrolman Rob Hasson must bear the burden of not being able to become airborne again due to his healing spine. Expected to testify a trail concerning his plummet to earth, Rob enters a witness protection program and subsumes the alias of Rob Haldane, a fictional cousin to a Canadian city reeve in Tripletree, Alberta. Once in Canada, Rob experiences the small town life with its small town characters and its general contrasts with the life he is use to in England. His host, Al Werry, is also a mentally shattered man who believes he lacks human emotions and surrounds himself with a narcissistic girlfriend, her crabby mother, a blind son from his prior marriage, and his mafioso so-called friends.

While convalescing, Rob's mental ailments manifest themselves in physical weaknesses: back spasms, ulcers, and acute anorexia. His shyness for being in the social limelight has him secluding himself in his bedroom, avoiding petty dialogue, and being submissive to the oppressive personalities. A chance encounter with a Chinese herbal store clerk puts Rob on the correct path for recuperation, with a daily diet of yeast powder and ginseng. The physical regeneration of his ailments bolsters healing for his low self-esteem, too. When Rob finds his true self, changes can then be made in the psyche of Al Werry and his crumbling family life.

The above summery highlights Shaw's skill at characterization in Vertigo. Nearly every factor found in the plot builds upon the personalities of either Werry or Hasson. When you understand their situations, you understand the men and their actions. The turmoiled Hasson is a character to root for when you see his hermetic isolation rear its head: "It was much better to lie curled up in a womb-cave of eider and to submerge his mind in the dreaming of other men's dreams." (128) Then there's Weery's self hate reflected in his speech: "I don't really exist. I go around in my uniform most of the time because when I;m wearing it, I can convince myself I'm the city reeve. I haven't even got a sense of humor... I don't know what's funny and what isn't. (125-126)

The progressively predictable plot is secondary to the importance of building up the two men's characterization. In the town of Tripletree there is a 400-meter tall derelict hotel, named Chinook, owned by the mafioso friend of Werry. Teenagers from all around like to squat in the hotel, take empathetic-inducing drugs, and perform illegal aerial maneuvers in the sky above the city. The plot is brought back to the Chinook hotel again and again, which foreshadows some disaster which ONLY Rob Hasson can attend you (you can bet on that). The predictability of the novel is a let down, but Bob Shaw's determination to not make everything so flowery is a good off-set. There are some tense scenes between Hasson and Werry's girlfriend and mother, Hasson and the blind son, and Hasson and the mafioso. Neither does Shaw shy away from asides of humor or snippets of death.

If you're looking for a snazzy plot, this here ain't no rodeo, son. But if you like to delve into the lives and minds of a few self-hating, downtrodden men, then this would be the Louve of Loathing. Shaw definitely had a knack for kneading the souls of weary men into empathetic characters. With Shaw's Orbitsville,One Million Tomorrows, and Fire Pattern still on my shelves, I'm eager to experience the written work of Shaw again.