from the novel A Barnstormer in Oz.
The excerpt is the first part of Chapter 15 of the novel.
sipped some of the mixed berry juice and vodka. Who'd believe a scene
like this? He, Henry L. Stover, talking, actually talking to a JN-4H,
an inanimate flying machine? No, no longer a lifeless object. An
artifact that had become sentient and lingual. How?"