Originally Posted by Anthony G Williams
I managed to fnd a good excuse to include airships in Scales. A parallel Earth, with an advanced, high-tech civilisation but a small and dispersed population, making other forms of long-distance transportation uneconomic. So the airships lower lifts to drop off and collect passengers anywhere on the planet, and only need a few bases for maintenance/refuelling.
Sounds vaguely like Wild Jack by John Christopher
, which had a similar setup, down to the dirigibles. Though that was set in the ever popular in the 1970s post nuclear war world, not a parallel Earth. It was also aimed at a YA audience, IIRC.
Edit: Hmm, maybe it wasn't exactly a "post-nuclear" world, but it was definitely post-something.
Since I last read this going on 25 years ago I'm surprised I remember it at all.