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"We identify with the characters even when they're doing something most of us have never done, like flying an airplane." --Andrew Grgurich, Marquette (MI) Mining Journal

"Very interesting. I especially liked PROFANE about the overuse of profanity and uncivilized people. I also enjoyed GROUNDED about a pilot who was grounded and his wife secretly took lessons to surprise [him]. I would recommend this book if you just want something different to read and get your mind wondering!" --Military Writers Society of America

"A well-written and eclectic mix of short stories that are what short fiction ought to be: short." --Customer review by Andy VL

"His country might forget and her politicians might forgive, but Pete could not, no matter how much he might want to. World War II had changed him forever." -from "Remember" in Pilots and Normal People

"Dolton hadn't seen Jennifer and her long legs in eight months. Not since he'd left her to search for a good night's sleep." -from "Perchance to Dream" in Pilots and Normal People

  • Is it really possible to forget a prejudice ingrained during war?
  • Does death really close the door to life?
  • Can a grounded pilot find another way to return to the sky?
  • Are physical laws the same throughout the universe?
  • Is aviation mostly intellect or mostly emotion?
  • Are criminals just as smart as the law-abiding?
  • Can one man fight back against society's increasing crudeness?
  • Do space explorers really need a spaceship?

These and many other intriguing questions are explored in Walt Shiel's eclectic short fiction collection, which includes the award-winning "Remember" about a WW II veteran still haunted by memories of violence. Pilots and Normal People presents 21 tales of mystery, science fiction and humanity (six involving pilots and aviation).

"He'd been a captain then, a young man fighting a war that was screwed up, poorly led, and misunderstood by everyone from the White House to the grunts in the field. But it was the only war they had..." -from "Grounded" in Pilots and Normal People

"My job was to serve the community, even when the community suffered from monthly schizophrenia." -from "Give Him a Hand" in Pilots and Normal People

"Roland shook off the unpleasant memory and gave himself to the night, letting the enveloping darkness isolate and insulate him from the world below." from "Siren Song" in Pilots and Normal People

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