It's a lesser-known quote from High Flight, the same poem that a zillion others (including me) nicked "to slip the surly bonds of earth" from.Is there something I'm missing about the title?
It feels really clunky, but like, I'm just a scrub, so I assume that Harry Turtledove and his publishers are better at this than me. I suspect it's a reference I'm not getting.
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
Again I'd recommend reading it, because you seem to be basing your judgement on what you think its about rather then its actual content.Having Amelia Earhart as the eighth US Battle of Britain pilot as a premise is absolute twaddle of course (there were NO Eagle squadrons in the Battle of Britain, sorry Ben Affleck), even more unlikely than a Polish woman flying & fighting in 303 Squadron.
It still sounds interesting though.
A more believable, but less exciting role for Earhart would be ferrying US and Canadian aircraft across the Atlantic.
Ah. Many thanks. As the second half of a line in isolation, the clunking is perhaps to be expected.
Well, I'm just going from the promotional material, and that 99% of alternative history about the WW2 air war is, y'know,Again I'd recommend reading it, because you seem to be basing your judgement on what you think ita about rather then its actual content.
@Gary Oswald was kind enough to send this to me yesterday.Dr Turtledove appears to have liked your review judging by his response on Twitter, @SpanishSpy :
I always joked that every single line of that one became an episode of "Andromeda" which is a slight exaggeration - they only used four or five lines from it ("The Widening Gyre", "Pitiless as the Sun", "Its Hour Come 'Round at Last", etc.) and they just had a lot of other episode titles from similar sources.