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damerell ([personal profile] damerell) wrote2017-05-01 05:00 pm

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I've recently read Sam Stone's _Zombies at Tiffany's_, which is basically a harmless light [1] novella with zombies, a certain amount of steampunk to provide the heroine with a portable machinegun for zombie murder, and any number of anachronisms in speech, set during the American Civil War. I did wonder about this, though:

"Martin had discovered a way to boil a kettle by generating power from steam. He used a mini boiler fire in which he burned a piece of coal. This created steam that in turn ran a small engine, 'not unlike trains', Martin had explained, and it warmed the water."

Martin is certainly ingenious but I think there may be some optimisation work possible.

[1] Very light; "now they discover the secret hidden airship chamber on the top floor of Tiffany's and they escape" light, a plot twist worth of Fanthorpe in a hurry.
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[personal profile] hilarita 2017-05-01 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm pretty sure Americans don't understand kettles.

[identity profile] http://xlogon.net/RogerBW 2017-05-01 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)
And then we can use the steam engine to turn a dynamo, which drives the electric heating coils.
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[personal profile] dancefloorlandmine 2017-05-02 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Seems entirely reas... wait, what? [sigh]

[identity profile] http://xlogon.net/RogerBW 2017-05-02 04:06 pm (UTC)(link)

But wait, I haven't told you about the high-pressure turbopump and hydroelectric generator yet!

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[personal profile] dancefloorlandmine 2017-05-02 04:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, now it's making a lot more sense. Everyone knows that adding complexity increases efficiency in the world of steampunk!
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[personal profile] fanf 2017-05-02 08:05 am (UTC)(link)
That might be a Thog-worthy quote :-)
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[personal profile] dancefloorlandmine 2017-05-02 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Given that footnote, does this post require a spoiler warning? [grin]
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[personal profile] dancefloorlandmine 2017-05-08 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Seems fair.