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I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s.

The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and houses were equipped with some kind of anti-gravity tech and people could move anywhere.

The closest I found was Bob Shaw’s Vertigo but can’t find even an excerpt to verify the floating homes or describe the wings to see if it stirs memories. It was also "juvenile", as I was in 6th or 7th grade (11-13 years old). I know I read Anderson’s Shield around this same time.

I had thought it was Andre Norton, but I might be mixing recall of novels. Norton had been the author of a story of a young man that traveled between dimensions to a world that seemed in ruins, in winter, and there had been a large animal stalking him.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! Lots of detail here, but please check out the suggestions in case they can help trigger any additional memories to edit in. – DavidW May 25 at 4:45
  • Vertigo has not wings, but antigrav backpacks. There are no floating houses, but there is a hotel on a tall stalk. It's not a juvenile. – Organic Marble May 25 at 12:17
  • Also, there was a short version of Vertigo (or maybe a prequel?) called "A Little Night Flying". You can read it online here: archive.org/details/1974-08_IF/page/n27 and see if that sparks any memories. – Organic Marble May 25 at 13:20
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    Thanks, will check into. I sherlocked that Vertigo had flying but was more adult oriented and the characters I can recall were young. I wispily recall that one character was wanting to get wings like another had so there must be another method to get up to the houses. – Tc Bows May 25 at 14:42

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