[LMB] After Romans -- Barrayaran ToI steampunk

markus baur baur at chello.at
Thu Aug 29 16:32:06 BST 2019

Am 29.08.2019 um 17:23 schrieb WILLIAM A WENRICH:
> 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.

we are talking ASB / magi-tech here, of course

selectively inhibit conductivity in metals only, leave ionic conduction
in place - this will kill all electric technology, but leave all the
rest in place

> I’m not sure but I think you can get Diesel engines of some sort
> without electricity.

yep, diesel would keep working, as long as it has purely mechanic fuel
pumps ..

> You could possibly even get fluidic computers.

yes, those would work .. but they are large (=expensive) and slow



> 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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> <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> Subject: Re: [LMB] After Romans --
> Barrayaran ToI steampunk
>> 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
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