Prelude to a Super Airplane (Chapter 1)

(The following is an excerpt from my book, Prelude to a Super Airplane. It can be purchased by clicking on any of the roughly 400 banners adorning this site, or by clicking here. It’s also available on Amazon.

I’ve posted the first 20 chapters (roughly 55 pages of PTSA) on this site. Links to each of those are at the end of this post, or you can download all of them as a pdf by clicking here.

The father watched the future of airplane riding take off from the largest runway at Chicago O’Hair International Airplane Station.

He was but one among a massive crowd that was staring in awe at the beautiful, huge machine leaving the ground. Those who weren’t staring were cheering, because everything would be different now. The whole scene was beautiful and huge, and for the father, it was also sad.

It was sad because his two sons were aboard the future of airplane riding, and they, along with everyone else aboard, were going to die. This had to happen, the father knew, so that the flying car could take its rightful place as the future of airborne leisure and transportation.

The sounds coming from the future of airplane riding were thunderous, and booming, and also made a lot of noise. Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand twitter and flinch.

He looked at this paper, and the father felt regret, because this was his youngest son’s piece of paper.

In this moment, before his youngest son was about to die aboard the future of airplane riding, the father was sure the son wished he had the paper, or however that sentence was supposed to be worded.

The piece of paper was from a story his son had written. His youngest son had never written a story as epic, pretentious, and stupid as this one before, but now he had, and the father was quietly proud of this fact.

It was December 25th, 2012, and the father couldn’t help but think how he had come to be in this place, on this day when everything about airplane riding was going to change forever.

“Merry Christmas,” he said to himself.

Brad Radby’s Foreward, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 31

  • TVBrain

    …Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand twitter and flinch…

    About a month ago this sentence read:

    … Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand facebook and flinch…

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    When/if you buy the book, skip the chapter on Benjamin Franklin, his character arc didn’t gel with the rest of the story.

  • TVBrain

    …Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand twitter and flinch…

    About a month ago this sentence read:

    … Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand facebook and flinch…

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    When/if you buy the book, skip the chapter on Benjamin Franklin, his character arc didn’t gel with the rest of the story.

  • admin

    TVB: In 2000 there was no word there at all.

    GOt: Ben Franklin is the green arrow on the chart. :(

  • admin

    TVB: In 2000 there was no word there at all.

    GOt: Ben Franklin is the green arrow on the chart. :(

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    The arrow is sensible but I was dumbfounded when Ben Franklin places explosives on two of the airplanes—one airplane with convicts, and the other with civilians—telling the passengers the only way to save themselves is to trigger the explosives on the other airplane; otherwise, he will destroy both at midnight. Meanwhile, Colonel T dutifully tries to thwart Franklin.

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    The arrow is sensible but I was dumbfounded when Ben Franklin places explosives on two of the airplanes—one airplane with convicts, and the other with civilians—telling the passengers the only way to save themselves is to trigger the explosives on the other airplane; otherwise, he will destroy both at midnight. Meanwhile, Colonel T dutifully tries to thwart Franklin.

  • admin

    This does not happen in the book.

  • admin

    This does not happen in the book.

  • http://www.booksareforoldpeople.com Wish

    I was hoping for more vegetables in the excerpt.

  • http://www.booksareforoldpeople.com Wish

    I was hoping for more vegetables in the excerpt.

  • joe c.

    i think it’s spelled “O’Hare.”

  • joe c.

    i think it’s spelled “O’Hare.”

  • admin

    Everything is spelled exactly how it’s supposed to be.

  • admin

    Everything is spelled exactly how it’s supposed to be.

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Spelling criiques from the guy who doesn’t capitalize a pronoun! What is this, amateur hour?

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Spelling criiques from the guy who doesn’t capitalize a pronoun! What is this, amateur hour?

  • nerdpulse

    The next excerpt better feature Pencils.

  • nerdpulse

    The next excerpt better feature Pencils.

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Pencils is on the airplane with the civilians. But here’s the twist, Ben Franklin found pencils(who was dejected after completing his Brian Spaeth newsletter), took him back in time, and created the filament using a strand of hair from his beautiful mane.

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Pencils is on the airplane with the civilians. But here’s the twist, Ben Franklin found pencils(who was dejected after completing his Brian Spaeth newsletter), took him back in time, and created the filament using a strand of hair from his beautiful mane.

  • Boney

    why buy a book if you’re just going to give it to us for free…

  • Boney

    why buy a book if you’re just going to give it to us for free…

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Your in it too Boney. He has you perched atop a unicorn in chapter 4 in a joust vs. Ben Franklin as he’s mounted on Pencils. You lose.

  • Greg Odens tonsils

    Your in it too Boney. He has you perched atop a unicorn in chapter 4 in a joust vs. Ben Franklin as he’s mounted on Pencils. You lose.

  • admin

    GOt are you really that sad Ben Franklin isn’t in the book?

  • admin

    GOt are you really that sad Ben Franklin isn’t in the book?

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