Jun. 17, 2018

Straddles the line...

Clockwork Futures by Brandy Schillace

A somewhat unblended mixture…

My thanks go out to the crew at Pegasus Books for my copy of this book. Live long and prosper!

The world of Steampunk explores a world that is sometimes extremely advanced, but uses fossil fuel, batteries, and clockwork to accomplish wonders. Imagine driving a car that burns coal, robots that require periodic winding to keep the clockwork ticking and ray-guns that operate from a battery pack.

Most Steampunk Literature is set in Victorian Europe or the American Wild West. This is a world where gasoline, alternating current, computers and electronic devices do not exist. Industries are powered either by steam or water wheels. Some famous people appear from time to time. I’ve noticed that when electric power is included, the work of Thomas Edison is usually used.  Edison favored DC batteries while rival Nikola Tesla, father of AC is ignored. Edison made life harsh for Tesla, but today AC current rules!

The inventions in Steampunk are fantastic! There are flying conveyances of all kinds, warships, cars, trucks, tanks, and robots for any occasion. Alchemy and vivisection are considered science, working with the known world in the 1880’s.

This book straddles the No Man’s Land between fiction and possible textbook. The data portions of the book are a fine intro to the aspects of a Steampunk society. The technology they do have, the way they dress, law enforcement, etc, are laid out with fair clarity. The fiction part shows how various authors take theory and create masterpieces.

I’m very torn on this one. I do not find it interesting enough to really like it, but I cannot say that it is boring, either. I will give it a neutral score, three stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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