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Dies the Fire (Emberverse I) S.M. Stirling's trilogy "Dies the Fire", published by ROC:
1. Dies the Fire - published August 2004 [sample chapters]
2. The Protector's War - published September 2005 [sample chapters]
3. A Meeting at Corvallis - published September 2006 [sample chapters]
A trilogy set in the world that the island of Nantucket left behind when it became an "Island in the Sea of Time". This world is hit by "The Change" causing electricity, high gas pressures, and fast combustion (including explosives and gunpowder) to stop working. This is very bad news for the majority of the population, but the books follow some of the survivors and show how different groups choose different ways to adapt to the changed world.
Originally posted by Silverkiss
Seems to me our tech-based civilisation is extremely vulnerable. A decent EMP would take out all but the most hardened electronics. Think about how many items we use every day which contain electronic components! I aknowledge most of our American friends are armed and proficient in the use of projectile weapons, but seriously, there isn't an infinite supply of ammunition, so sooner or later pistols become throwing weapons and rifles become bludgeons. Perhaps that is the eventuality NASA is preparing for... I really like the time-travel idea too!
Originally posted by el1jah
reply to post by sezsue
but even in a scenerio where lets say, the grid collapses, wouldnt guns and explosives be the next best thing, as opposed to medieval weapons. unless they are preparing for when the ammo runs dry.