The latest fad is writing a post-apocalyptic novel. Usually the world has been seriously disrupted and thus normal commerce has ended causing trauma and mass death. The movies that have dealt with this subject are “The Postman” and “Waterworld”. Of interest to steam people is that Terry Williams, who used to live in Washington and who made a wood fired steam powered outboard motor that would get a small skiff up on plane, almost appeared in “The Postman” with his little boat driving around some lake. A scheduling conflict precluded this and the world is poorer because of it. One of the stranger writers is P. Orin Zack whose main book is “The Shoals of Time”. We do not have the time to read that book, however in one of his short stories he has a steam motorcycle driving past making a loud noise. If I can ever find Mr. Zack’s address I will send him some steam magazines and include a long lecture on how quiet steam engines are, unless they are Bill Ryan’s go-carts. Then there is a very strange book entitled “Fitzpatrick’s War” by Theodore Judson. The reason for steam power is because one of the societies had built Personal Pulse Weapons that knocked out electrical circuits. Thus any invader driving a combustion engine powered vehicle or using an electrically powered one was left powerless. After winning the war and making steam powered vehicles themselves they went on to conquer the world. There was an added benefit of this and that was no one wasted their time watching television or playing video games. It became the perfect agrarian society. They had steam powered dirigibles, large bomber airplanes and trucks and tractors. Almost nothing was explained about steam theory except to say that it took an hour or two to warm up the boilers. This indicates that the author did little research into modern steam power. The more detailed book was “A World Turned Upside Down” by J. M. Dent. In this world the economy collapsed and many people died of starvation. Once the economy was completely collapsed small communities consisted of subsistence farmers and no petroleum fuel was produced or distributed. Fortunately someone in a little valley in West Virginia had a Gravely tractor dealership and a Reliable steam engine and so they could cultivate the ground. Not much technical was explained in this book either. Much advice will be given as soon as these authors send me their addresses. I notice that they were all smart enough to cover their tracks so that I cannot find their mailing addresses. Steam is the logical choice for any post-apocalyptic world and the reason is because it worked right after animal power was used and before electricity in any form was invented. That technology has almost entirely been lost, but we, fortunately, know the secrets.
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