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Winter-Wedderburn, a collector of orchids, purchases an unidentified species which eventually grows aerial rootlets: these attach themselves to his body and suck his blood. In rescuing him, the hot-house windows are smashed and the orchid collection, including the strange variety is destroyed. FLYING MAN, THE. Short story, originally published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 4 January 1895, and reprinted in SB. A soldier trapped on a ledge makes an escape with the aid of an improvised parachute: this gives rise to a legend of a 'flying man'.
Trafford and his wife Marjorie, dissatisfied with the emptiness of life in Edwardian London, leave England for Labrador in order to think out afresh their attitude to life. MASTER ANTHONY AND THE ZEPPELIN. Short story, first published in Princess Marie-jose's Children's Book (Cassell, 1916). Not included in CSS. The story, illustrated with 'picshuas', concerns a small boy who reforms a Zeppelin by teaching it to lay eggs. MEANWHILE. Novel, published in 1927. This story, set at the time of the General Strike, is notable for its series of illustrations ('picshuas') which enliven the text.
TST: An illustrated short story written in 1898 whilst Wells was convalescing at New Romney following an illness. It was written to amuse Marjorie Hick, the daughter of Wells's doctor. The story was published in book form in 1929. AEPYORNIS ISLAND. Short story, first published in the Pall Mall Budget, Christmas 1894. Included in SB and CB. The narrator, Butcher, hatches out the egg of the aepyornis, an extinct bird, on an atoll in the Indian Ocean. AESOP'S QUININE FOR DELPHI. An unpublished appendix to Mind at the End of its Tether (1945), consisting of additional fables supposedly written by Aesop.