[LMB] After Romans -- Barrayaran ToI steampunk

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Thu Aug 29 16:23:06 BST 2019

Another possibility for a steam powered world would be something that inhibits electricity. I know it’s been done. I’d worry that too much inhibition of electricity kills all animals and likely even invertebrates.
I’m not sure but I think you can get Diesel engines of some sort without electricity. You could possibly even get fluidic computers.
I wonder about a lot of stories where they didn’t have electric lights and everything is dim at night. Didn’t the authors ever see a Coleman lantern? With a mantle, a lantern or other combustion based light source can be very bright, so bright you don’t want to stare at it.

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> On Aug 27, 2019, at 9:55 PM, pouncer at aol.com wrote:
>  Suppose
> colonists with antimatter or at least fusion settle a new world that
> has never had an ice age, little tectonic activity, very small tides ...
> whatever it was that drove Earthly geology into evolution of oil and
> coal. Then suppose the antimatter or threelium supplies are cut off.
> Maybe the FTL route closes behind them…

Little tectonic activity means limited land area, the mountains and eventually all the land erodes away in
evolutionary time.

Also volcanos bring minerals back to the surface thus sustaining life.
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