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6. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 5, 2012, 20:30 Genesys
 
You have to allow for some suspension of disbelief here... Most stories like this have to fall back on some unexplainable magic to justify themselves. Apparently the preferred term when discussing alternate history books is "Alien Space Bats".

S.M. Stirling, author of the Emberverse series of books which Revolution is almost certainly based off, even has a character explicitly refer to ASBs when explaining what works and what doesn't anymore:

http://hem.bredband.net/b104699/books/protwar/protwar_2.html
"Yes, or the sort of horse-gin we use for threshing machines now. But think about it for a moment. Why would the heat-to-work cycle not function, while the work-to-cold cycle does? And when you're cranking it, it works exactly the way it did pre-Change. It's like you can only play a film backward."

Havel shrugged again. "Presumably your Alien Space Bats, or Juney's gods, or the reverend Abbot's Lord Jehovah, wanted it that way. I never did think the Change just happened."

Stirling's up to 9 books in the series, so there'd better be enough plot for a TV series in there somewhere... Although my guess is the series is really more political-drama alternate-history type books than Sci-Fi. Hard to do Sci-Fi when you can't even turn on a light bulb.
 
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