[LMB] OT: Backups using My Book Live

kbarry at bitsofhistory.com kbarry at bitsofhistory.com
Sun Jun 27 14:38:08 BST 2021


Paper making in ancient Rome? In that case I would highly recommend "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague de Camp written in 1939.
Despite being written 80+ years ago, it stands up very well today.

The hero (an archaeologist by the name of Martin Padway) was accidentally transported to ancient Rome circa 535 AD, a time when Rome was under great pressure from outside forces and itself ruled by a succession of incompetent emperors. With no way back to his home timeline he decides that not letting the "Dark Ages" come to pass would be best way to ensure his survival. And one of the keys to making that happen would be to introduce the printing press to make books so common that knowledge would accumulate and not be lost from generation to generation.

What you may find interesting are the sections where the author details Martin's effort to introduce both the printing press and useable, mass produced, paper. It could be done, but it may not be as easy as you think.    

Kevin Barry

On Sat, 26 Jun 2021 23:00:35 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

The problem with works from the ancient world is that they were
hand-copied, which made them fairly rare and expensive, and they were
almost always copied onto papyrus, which becomes crumbly fairly quickly.
I've thought that going back to Classical Antiquity and introducing
paper-making and the printing press (both well within their capabilities to
produce) would change things. A lot.

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