The Memory Cathedral by Jack Dann

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In a historical novel blending fact and fiction, Leonardo builds the flying machine he long dreamt of and journeys from the Renaissance West to the mythical East, where he is captured by Persians and sees his invention used for ill.

About Jack Dann

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Jack Dann is a science fiction writer and editor who was born in 1945 in Johnson City, New York, and now lives on a farm in Victoria, Australia. He is a multiple award winning author who has written or edited over 65 books, which have been translated into thirteen languages. His short stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies including Omni, Asimov's F&SF, Penthouse, and Playboy. His historical fiction novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral, won the 1996 Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was number one on the Age bestseller list. His novella 'Da Vinci Rising', which integrates several sections of The Memory Cathedral with some new material, won the 1996 Nebula Award, making him the first Australian resident to win this award. He has received the Australian Aurealis Award twice, the Ditmar Award three times, and the World Fantasy Award.
Published November 1, 1996 by San Val. 486 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At this point, Dann takes advantage of a gap in the known details of Leonardo's life, and sends him to the Orient--as military advisor to the Caliph of Syria, employing his inventions (including the flying machine, which finally works) in war against the Turks.

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Taking as his premise an actual ""lost year"" in the life of Leonardo, Dann has his genius protagonist actually create his flying machine.

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