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by Ian Drake ' 92
As Londoners' lives slowly return to normal after the death of the Martians in
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, the
narrator finds a silver lining in the
invasion of Earth in a newspaper:
"I learned nothing fresh except
that already in one week the exami-
nation of the Martian mechanisms
had yielded astonishing results.
Amof!g other thir!gs, the article
assured me what I did not believe at
the time, that the 'Secret of Flying'
was discovered. }}
Published in 1898,just five years
before Orville and Wilbur Wright
made the first powered manned air-
plane flight in history, such writing
was considered science fiction. Wells'
sand dlmes of
Hills in 1903.
to Fly: North
' 57, Mered-
with three degrees from UNC,
chronicles the early history of avi-
ation with a twist - a North
Carolina perspective - fi'om 1873
to 1923. The result of eight years
of research, it is an example of
Emerson's dictum that "there is
properly no history; only biogra-
phy." First to Fly is a series of short
biographies and anecdotes from
the North Carolinians whose lives
(and sometimes, deaths) made a
contribution to the early history
of po wered aviation.
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