by John McGivering)
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... astonishing forecast of the contrivances, the utilities, and the safety precautions that airborne commerce would being into being. Radio communication was new in 1904. Although a few ships were fitted with wireless telegraph, there was no radio-telephony, no hint or suggestion of public broadcasting; but Kipling’s air-liner moves through a world-wide network of radio services, supplying weather forecasts, and allotting safety-levels and landing priorities, thirty years before anyone elso had dreamed of ‘flying control'.See also Fred Lerner’s article in this Guide on Rudyard Kipling considered as a Science Fiction writer, and The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English by Ian Ousby (1988), p. 834. See also KJ 336/25.