History Literature / Airborn

26th Nov '17 1:53:58 PM WillKeaton
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* DisappearedDad: Matt's father died in an accident on the ''Aurora'', which is why Matt must work at 15 to support the mothers and sisters.

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* DisappearedDad: Matt's father died in an accident on the ''Aurora'', which is why Matt must work at 15 to support the mothers his mother and sisters.
26th Nov '17 1:53:30 PM WillKeaton
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* CoolAirhip: The ''Aurora'' and the ''Skybreaker''.

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* CoolAirhip: CoolAirship: The ''Aurora'' and the ''Skybreaker''.
26th Nov '17 1:53:18 PM WillKeaton
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* CoolShip: ''Aurora'', ''Skybreaker'', ''Starclimber''... pretty much all of them.
** The Starclimber's classification as a 'ship' is debatable...

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* CoolShip: ''Aurora'', ''Skybreaker'', ''Starclimber''... pretty much all of them.
**
CoolAirhip: The Starclimber's classification as a 'ship' is debatable...''Aurora'' and the ''Skybreaker''.
13th Nov '17 3:14:27 PM Exxolon
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Not related to the rock band Music/{{Airbourne}}.
5th Aug '17 3:33:17 PM WillKeaton
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* SpaceElevator: The ''Starclimber''. It's furnished as well as any hotel and rides on a cable of highly reinforced steel.

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* SpaceElevator: The ''Starclimber''.''Starclimber'', mankind's first space fairing vehicle. It's furnished as well as any hotel and rides on a cable of highly reinforced steel.
16th Apr '17 1:07:43 PM nombretomado
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* TheSpaceRace: In the ''Airborn'' 'verse, [[spoiler: Canada]] reaches space first. With a space elevator, no less. Its chef rival was France, which planned on using a tower.
19th May '16 2:23:59 PM Prfnoff
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* BadAss: Captain Walken can handle any problem, can calm angry passengers, and could easily stand up to pirates with only one gun. And compliment your hair at the same time.


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* TheCaptain: Captain Walken can handle any problem, can calm angry passengers, and could easily stand up to pirates with only one gun. And compliment your hair at the same time.
22nd Feb '16 1:35:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheAce - Bruce Lunardi and Hal Slater; both turn out to be not quite as sucessful as they appear.
* AlternateHistory - the fictional world's timeline seems to have diverged with ours in the late 1800's.
* AppliedPhlebotinum - Hydrium gas. The narration notes that it's even lighter than hydrogen. And apparently can't be stored under very high pressure, more than in gas bag (which got the ship stranded in the first book).

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* TheAce - TheAce: Bruce Lunardi and Hal Slater; both turn out to be not quite as sucessful as they appear.
* AlternateHistory - the AlternateHistory: The fictional world's timeline seems to have diverged with ours in the late 1800's.
1800's. so far as human history goes. The history of its natural world seems to have diverged far earlier.
* AppliedPhlebotinum - AppliedPhlebotinum: Hydrium gas. The narration notes that it's even lighter than hydrogen. And apparently can't be stored under very high pressure, more than in gas bag (which got the ship stranded in the first book).



* BigFancyHouse - Kate's "small flat"
* CanadaEh - averted; most of the cast is Canadian, but it's hardly ever mentioned and if it wasn't specified you'd just assume they were American.
* CoolShip - ''Aurora'', ''Skybreaker'', ''Starclimber''... pretty much all of them.

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* BigFancyHouse - BigFancyHouse: Kate's "small flat"
* CanadaEh - averted; BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: A mounted yeti is one of the exhibits aboard the ''Hyperion''. The sherpas are aware of these creatures' existence, but the scientific community--minus Kate--considers them myth.
* CanadaEh: Averted;
most of the cast is Canadian, but it's hardly ever mentioned and if it wasn't specified you'd just assume they were American.
* CoolShip - CoolShip: ''Aurora'', ''Skybreaker'', ''Starclimber''... pretty much all of them.



* DevelopmentHell - where a FilmOfTheBook has been stuck for going on five years.
** Even Kenneth Oppel himself has said that he's unsure if the film is happening or not.
* DisappearedDad - Matt's father died in an accident on the ''Aurora'', which is why Matt must work at 15 to support the mothers and sisters.
* TheEdwardianEra - probably, although the exact time is quite vague and indetermined.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes - Vikram Spirzglas has a young son named Theodore, whom he tells amazing bed time stories.
* GorgeousPeriodDress - Kate's manage to be pretty ''and'' good for discovering unknown species in!
* HotScientist - Kate de Vries
* IstanbulNotConstantinople - Europe is Europa, England is Angleterre, Vancouver is Lionsgate City, the Atlantic and Pacific are the Atlanticus and the Pacificus, and there is a Republic of Colorado. However, most places (Canada, Paris, Victoria, Australia to name the most prominent ones) are kept the same.
* KickTheDog - Szpirglas kills [[spoiler: Mr. Featherstone and Bruce]]
* LadyOfAdventure - Kate De Vries fits this reasonably well, although she's probably quite a bit younger than most.
* LukeIAmYourFather - Played with; [[spoiler: Nadira is revealed to be Vikram Spirzglas' daughter, but she's always known; Matt is the shocked one.]]

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* DevelopmentHell - where a FilmOfTheBook has been stuck for going on five years.
** Even Kenneth Oppel himself has said that he's unsure if the film is happening or not.
* DisappearedDad -
DisappearedDad: Matt's father died in an accident on the ''Aurora'', which is why Matt must work at 15 to support the mothers and sisters.
* TheEdwardianEra - probably, TheEdwardianEra: Probably, although the exact time is quite vague and indetermined.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes - EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Vikram Spirzglas has a young son named Theodore, whom he tells amazing bed time stories.
* GorgeousPeriodDress - GorgeousPeriodDress: Kate's manage to be pretty ''and'' good for discovering unknown species in!
* HotScientist - HotScientist: Kate de Vries
* IstanbulNotConstantinople - IstanbulNotConstantinople: Europe is Europa, England is Angleterre, Vancouver is Lionsgate City, the Atlantic and Pacific are the Atlanticus and the Pacificus, and there is a Republic of Colorado. However, most places (Canada, Paris, Victoria, and Australia to name the most prominent ones) are kept the same.
* KickTheDog - KickTheDog: Szpirglas kills [[spoiler: Mr. Featherstone and Bruce]]
* LadyOfAdventure - LadyOfAdventure: Kate De Vries fits this reasonably well, although she's probably quite a bit younger than most.
* LukeIAmYourFather - LukeIAmYourFather: Played with; [[spoiler: Nadira is revealed to be Vikram Spirzglas' daughter, but she's always known; Matt is the shocked one.]]



* NoFameNoWealthNoService - the resturant Matt meets Kate at in ''Skybreaker''; he was about to be escorted out until Chef Vlad intervened.
* OppositesAttract - Matt and Kate
* RecurringExtra - the Lumiere triplets are mentioned in all three books and Matt sees them at a resturant in ''Skybreaker.''
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} - Nadira. In Paris she is discriminated against for being a "gypsy."
* SacrificialLion - [[spoiler: Bruce]]
* ShownTheirWork - Yes, the gas cells in rigid airships really ''were'' made of cow intestine.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean - and how. If Matt stopped reminding us every ten seconds how much he loves the air you'd forget they're not on the sea altogether.
* SkyPirate - Vikram Spirzglas & co., John Rath & co.
* TheSpaceRace - in the ''Airborn'' verse, [[spoiler: Canada]] reaches space first. With a space elevator, no less.
** And their chef rival was France, which planed on a tower.
* SpaceWhale - well, more like Space Whale/Firefly/Shark.
* SpiritedYoungLady - Kate. Lampshaded in that after she petitions the Zoological Society to investigate the existence of the creatures her grandfather saw, she's told to return to "young lady's pursuits," much to her disgust.
* SteamPunk
* SupremeChef - Chef Vlad
* UptownGirl
* [[spoiler: WackyMarriageProposal]]

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* NoFameNoWealthNoService - the NoFameNoWealthNoService: The resturant Matt meets Kate at in ''Skybreaker''; he was about to be escorted out until Chef Vlad intervened.
* OppositesAttract - OppositesAttract: Matt and Kate
* RecurringExtra - the RecurringExtra: The Lumiere triplets are mentioned in all three books and Matt sees them at a resturant in ''Skybreaker.''
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} - Nadira. In Paris she is discriminated against for being a "gypsy."
* SacrificialLion -
SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Bruce]]
* ShownTheirWork - ShownTheirWork: Yes, the gas cells in rigid airships really ''were'' made of cow intestine.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean - and TheSkyIsAnOcean: And how. If Matt stopped reminding us every ten seconds how much he loves the air you'd forget they're not on the sea altogether.
* SkyPirate - SkyPirate: Vikram Spirzglas & co., John Rath & co.
* TheSpaceRace - in SpaceElevator: The ''Starclimber''. It's furnished as well as any hotel and rides on a cable of highly reinforced steel.
* TheSpaceRace: In
the ''Airborn'' verse, 'verse, [[spoiler: Canada]] reaches space first. With a space elevator, no less.
** And their
less. Its chef rival was France, which planed planned on using a tower.
* SpaceWhale - well, SpaceWhale: Well, more like Space Whale/Firefly/Shark.
Whale/Firefly/Shark. A group of these creatures are found in near-Earth orbit at the end of the third book, having come to breed. It's speculated these are the small fish of the cosmos, and ''much'' bigger ones might be living in deep space, away from the planetary "shallows".
* SpiritedYoungLady - SpiritedYoungLady: Kate. Lampshaded in that after she petitions the Zoological Society to investigate the existence of the creatures her grandfather saw, she's told to return to "young lady's pursuits," much to her disgust.
* %%* SteamPunk
* SupremeChef - SupremeChef: Chef Vlad
* %%* UptownGirl
* [[spoiler: WackyMarriageProposal]]%%* WackyMarriageProposal:



* YouAreGrounded - Kate in chapter 13 of the first book as a result of Miss Simpkins's discovery of the bones. She escapes between the end of that chapter and the start of chapter 14.
* YouKilledMyFather - [[spoiler: Matt killed Nadira's father, Spirzglas, the BigBad of the previous book. She didn't seem that unhappy or angry about it, though...]]
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld - The airships.

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* YouAreGrounded - YouAreGrounded: Kate in chapter 13 of the first book as a result of Miss Simpkins's discovery of the bones. She escapes between the end of that chapter and the start of chapter 14.
* YouKilledMyFather - YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Matt killed Nadira's father, Spirzglas, the BigBad of the previous book. She didn't seem that unhappy or angry about it, though...]]
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld - ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The airships.oh-so-ubiquitous airships are the first sign of the series being AlternateHistory.
26th Aug '15 2:48:58 PM Killerweinerdog
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In-universe, airships are a completely viable mode of transportation because of a fictional gas called "hydrium" which is even lighter than helium and makes it next-to-no-effort to stay aloft. Vancouver, known as "Lionsgate City," [[CreatorProvincialism is known as the airship capital of the world.]]

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In-universe, airships are a completely viable mode of transportation because of a fictional gas called "hydrium" which is even lighter than helium and makes it next-to-no-effort to stay aloft. aloft, in addition to [[ForWantOfANail fixed-wing aircraft having never become viable as means of transportation.]] Vancouver, known as "Lionsgate City," [[CreatorProvincialism is known as the airship capital of the world.]]
13th Jun '13 10:41:07 PM serialkillerwhale
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** And their chef rival was France, which planed on a tower.
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