[LMB] What planet or universe could I live in.

Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 12:10:14 BST 2018


At least until you were assassinated by the local guild of parchment and
vellum makers!

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 10:45 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> Not necessarily.  I have enough knowledge to be able to describe and build
> a printing press, and I'm told that paper is not that difficult to make.
> Even using wood-block type at first would be a start, and once I started
> selling books (introducing the codex instead of the clumsy scroll would
> also be within my meager limits) I'd be off and running.
>
> And in quite a few places, it was cosmopolitan enough that just being a
> foreigner was not an automatic death sentence or automatic slavery.
>
> On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 9:14 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>
> > On Tue, 3 Apr 2018 21:05:01 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > >If I could go back to classical times with a good knowledge of the
> > >language(s), and knowledge of how to make paper from scratch, and a nice
> > >chunk of seed money, I could introduce paper and printing both, which
> > would
> > >change things enormously and probably make me filthy rich.
> >
> > Aye, there's the rub.  You need classical languages, some form of money,
> > and knowledge about tech you don't currently have.
> >
> > And you'll probably find that the tech pyramid expands; you not only
> > have to "invent" the tech, but the tech that makes the tech possible,
> > and so on.
> >
> > And you'd have to do all this while avoiding being simply killed or
> > enslaved for being a barbarian.
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