We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore

Rated 4.19/5 based on 64 reviews
"If I were editing a magazine I would be seriously considering buying this story for publication—but I'm not, so I can't. Sorry."

— Bruce Bethke, author of "Cyberpunk" and Headcrash
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Stan wanted a flying car. No, that wasn't quite accurate... Stan wanted a nice flying car, and the quantities of bliss that purchase would bring. Stan desired bliss.

Fortunately, Bliss also desired Stan.
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About M. David Blake

M. David Blake lives in Hillsborough, NC with his wife and daughter. By day he is a stay-at-home father and househusband. In college, he utterly flunked a study of science fiction, and before college, he periodically reassembled the shattered skulls of murder victims. Currently he serves as an associate editor for Stupefying Stories, and a slush reader for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.

He is currently eligible (on both the 2012 and 2013 Hugo ballots) for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can read his Campbell-qualifying work, “Absinthe Fish,” at his website.

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JayHawkFan1 reviewed on April 30, 2017

I think that maybe 7 years ago when indie publishing was new, this book was more popular and got a lot of 5 star reviews, but today there are millions of indie books and this story seems a bit silly. I mean it's ok, worth a read, but not really a 5-star review in my book. It's funny, original, but kind of kooky and contrived.
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arcwin reviewed on Nov. 3, 2016

Charming and sophisticated.
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shanndy reviewed on Oct. 16, 2016

I must agree with other reviewers, this is a good story and one of the first I grabbed after starting my membership here on Smashwords. It's a sort of sci-fi romance about a guy who wants a new hi-tech car. He wants to impress the love of his life.

I wonder how many downloads this story has because it's in the top-5 most downloaded shorts in the fiction category here on Smashwords. This story has been on Smashwords for 6-years so it's probably a lot of downloads. It has quite a few good reviews.
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Redondo B reviewed on July 5, 2016

The writing pops with style and interesting words. The author puts you right in the scene with a guy who wants a car (just happens to be in the future with flying cars) so he can impress his lady friend. I agree with the other reviews, this story is kooky, zingy. It goes 'boing' in most of the right places.
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KG1001 reviewed on July 4, 2016

Worth grabbing for your eReader. I enjoyed it and you will too if you like zingy sci-fi car stories.
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Mike White reviewed on June 10, 2016

This was a fun story. I wish we could have seen some more of this future society, although I did appreciate the snippets that we did see. It's always nice to see someone really explore the 'flying car' trope in depth, since flying cars are usually more of a symbol than anything else. Of course, in a world that had flying cars, there would be a lot of technical details and practical considerations involved.
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Chad Ruggerio reviewed on Feb. 16, 2016

This story is straight up kooky. I was intrigued by the title and I was engaged throughout from beginning to end. A lot of the language was kind of flowery and over-the-top especially describing futuristic cars and the main characters feelings about the woman he loves. This story made me think of Kurt Vonnegut, because it's has to do with social science but it also has to do with relationships and it uses a lot of offbeat humor. I enjoyed the story and I would read more by this author.
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JohnGuida49 reviewed on Jan. 13, 2016

This story pops with cyber and steampunk sensibility. The flowery language used to describe all the technical details of futuristic cars, and the way the author describes the characters, his job and his relationship with the woman he loves, jumps of the pages. Ornamental, flamboyant, frilly and eccentric are words I'd use to praise this story. Nice work, very stylish. Thanks.
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Beth Durkee reviewed on Nov. 3, 2015

The title is interesting.

Read my complete review at http://sf-fantasybookreview.blogspot.com/2015/11/we-dont-plummet-out-of-sky-anymore.html
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Colin Garrow reviewed on Aug. 4, 2015

I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but the title of this story grabbed my attention. I love the language and the advertising speak - it sounds so real. Great story.
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