The Flight of Dragons by Peter DickinsonI loved this book as a kid, and not just because it had naughty boobie pictures that had nothing to do with the text. Dickinson takes the position that Dragons actually existed, then goes from there to ask questions like: why are they not in the fossil record? how could a creature that is generally depicted as huge and armoured supposedly fly? whats the deal with the fire-breathing? why are they often depicted as speaking and/or telepathic creatures? how come the accepted method of killing them is by a dude with a magic sword? The answers he comes up with were pretty convincing, at least to young me, and do a lot to fire the imagination.
Scattered throughout the text where Dickinson expounds on his theories are excerpts from stories about dragons (both ancient and modern) that serve to back-up, or at least explicate, some of his theories. After covering the basic elements of Dragon physiology Dickinson goes on to posit the life-cycle of a dragon living according to his design and its a fascinating glimpse into the could-have-been life of a mythical creature. I especially liked the fact that even though Dickinson is ostensibly making dragons realistic they still dont lose their magic. No small feat. This isnt a dry-as-dust scientific treatise, but rather a what-if scenario that tries to bring our dreams to life.
Apparently they made an animated movie about this book, but I never saw it. I have no real desire to either...I like the text itself just fine, thanks. Its loads of fun, whether youre reading it cover to cover, or just leafing through and dipping in here and there.
Great reading. And boobies!
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The Flight of Dragons is a speculative evolution book written by Peter Dickinson and illustrated by Wayne Anderson.
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The Flight of Dragons is a speculative evolution book written by Peter Dickinson and illustrated by Wayne Anderson. According to Dickinson's hypothesis, the chief obstacle to admitting the past existence of dragons is the difficulty of powered flight by so large an organism. To resolve this, he introduces a dirigible -like structure in which hydrochloric acid would dissolve large amounts of rapidly growing bone , releasing massive amounts of hydrogen that, once aloft, would support the body above the ground. The dragon's wings are traced to "modifications of the ribcage" an anatomical evolutionary path shared by the genus Draco , and the expulsion of fire from the throat, as a means of removal of excess gas. The absence of fossil evidence is traced again to the internal acids, which in Dickinson's view would dissolve the bones soon after death. Dickinson states he got the idea for his "pseudo-scientific monograph" after looking at one of Ursula K.