The Quest for speed is the story of Titus Nickelene and his never ending obsession with speed. From a very early age he had an interest in flying, because there he was free. When he flew, he was so overcome by the joy of flying he would often sing Italian opera to himself. During the course of his flying career he engaged in the sport of Steam Hornet Rocket Racing, a very dangerous sport of flying rockets at low level altitudes through major cities, using buildings and national landmarks as pylons, a sport that has a 38% mortality rate. He was the only pilot to win its triple crown. During his rocket racing years he briefly broke away from and more than doubled the altitude record. Later, Nickelene returned to the ground only once to break the land speed record in a vehicle of his own design. In the dark years of the Great War of 1700 he survived one of the greatest air battles in history that lasted three days and claimed over a million casualties. After the war Nickelene piloted the first vehicle to fly beyond Earth's atmosphere and became the first man to fly in space.
About the Author: My interest in 19th century science fiction goes back to the late 50's after seeing the movie "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne". During the 70's and 80's, I illustrated fantasy machines that included airships, land steamers, flying machines, submarine steamships, off-world cities, planetary and interstellar spacecraft. In 1986 these drawings created an opportunity for me to work as a Designer in the aerospace industry. In 1994 my drawings caught the attention of the woman who later became my wife. At the suggestion of a close friend I started the Victorian Space Age site. Over the years I posted stories from an Alternate History. Now at the suggestion of visitors the segments will be available as a series of books.
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