A WebSerialNovel set in an AlternateHistory in which World War 1 ended two years early in complete stalemate, leaving Europe's governments and national borders largely unchanged. The world is ostensibly at peace, though a cold war still brews between the opposing sides. In the absence of military imperative, heavier-than-air flight has failed to reach practicality and the skies are ruled by airships.
Captain Roland P. Everett of the Royal Navy Airship Service is on routine patrol duty over the Pacific Ocean when his vessel is ambushed by a massive [[TheSkyISAnOcean cruiser]] of unknown origin. Caught by surprise, he is able to save only a few of his crew by taking refuge on the still-airborne bow of the bisected ship as the stern plunges into the ocean. They manage to reach an island containing a French colony, only to discover a German airship already docked. As the two nations are still officially at war, he decides to investigate, and finds himself drawn into a power struggle that threatens not only himself and his crew, but the very foundations of an already tenuous peace.
Find it [[http://airships.paulgazis.com/index.htm here]].
!!"The Flying Cloud" contains examples of:
* AllohistoricalAllusion: many, most frequently to places that took prominence in WWII.
* BigBad: The eight-engined airship, and whoever is running it.
* BrickJoke: "That's a very unimaginative name."
* BritsWithBattleships: Most of the main cast is in the Royal Navy.
* BrownNote: This is assumed to be how the FantasticNuke works.
* ChekhovsGunman: If they're given a name, expect them to show up eventually.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in Episode 122, when Captain Everett encounters a war surplus tank with the name "Chekhov's Gun" painted on its side. You'll never guess what vehicle the good Captain ends up driving just three episodes later...
* ChristmasEpisode: Once a year, like clockwork.
* CoolAirship: the ''Flying Cloud'', which is incredibly fast for its size.
* CrazyPrepared: Jenkins is a signalman of the Royal Navy Signal Corps, goes into situations prepared for most eventualities, or has a particular set of skills or knowledge on the most obscure of subjects handy at the moment. Captain Everett explains that "his other talents remain a mystery, for members of the Signal Corps have secrets that are not for such as you and I to know."
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: This is one of the possibilities raised during an in-universe WildMassGuessing session about what the bad guys want with uraninite.
* FantasticNuke: What the crew assumes the bad guys are building.
* FishPeople: "Dear old Dagon and his wonderful fishy friends".
* GambitPileup: It seems that the cast discover a new faction every time they walk through a door.
* GeniusBonus: The amount of subjects needed to understand the references in each chapter is astounding.
* IceQueen: Miss Perkins, though she may be [[DefrostingIceQueen thawing]] a ''little''.
* ImAHumanitarian: One of the characters comes from a tribe of cannibals. PlayedForLaughs.
* InMediasRes: Episode 1
* LowerDeckEpisode: Episode 141
* [[MessageInABottle Message In A Smuggling Crate]]
** Whatever Helga's crew did with cymbals and roller skates at the Germans' Christmas Party.
** Episode 197 mentions a past conflict between Baron Warfield and Viscount Millbridge in Burma. All we know is that water buffalo were involved.
*** Also, in the same episode, whatever Lady Millbridge did to Baroness Warfield with the ice skates and barrels of salt.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: One of the few privileges of being a clerk.
** Episodes 141 & 176
** Episodes 370, 372, & 374 ("[[Literature/TheBigSleep The Big Sheep]]")
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Creator/HPLovecraft is captain of a tramp freighter.
** "Oh, that's alright then."
** Abercrombie and [=MacKiernan=] betting a shilling over anything and everything.
** Iwamoto insists that he just "Comes with engines" whenever anyone questions him about his origin.
** In the earlier chapters, Iverson expects scenarios to work out like the plots of radio dramas, then explained to that real life is not the same.
** The Trapezohedron
-->"I donít have the slightest idea what youíre talking about," he replied, unable to imagine what the German could possibly want with a dual polyhedron of an n-gonal antiprism.
* ShoutOut: Film/JamesBond, Creator/HPLovecraft, Creator/RaymondChandler, and Franchise/StarTrek each get a few.
** Episode 54's title is one to The Darwin Awards.
** There's also a subtle one to Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy. See if you can spot it!
* ShownTheirWork: The author dives quite a bit into the details of airship piloting.
* StiffUpperLip: The cast tries to keep proper English composure at all times (unless they're Scottish).
* TheCameo: Almost every chapter will have ''some'' historical figure appear. It's always plot relevant, and usually funny.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean: Airships are operated by the navy, and are given names and classifications similar to water ships.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The primary means of air travel, aside from a few enthusiasts.