Dieselpunk Story BackgroundCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'BrienDieselpunk Story Background4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
At the turn of the 20th century, an eccentric genius working for the US army at its weapons development and proving ground named Elizabeth Mabuse, developed a number of innovations that revolutionized technology. Among them were dramatically increasing the efficiency and power output of diesel engines, the development of turbosuperchargers, creating compact electrical batteries with high storage capacities and high power output, inventing miniaturized mechanical systems, and devising compact programmable binary differential analyzers. She also originated advanced diesel formulations, additives, and new production methods, including liquefaction of coal, shale oil, and natural gas, and derivation from biomass. She laid the groundwork for rocketry, cybernetics, missiles, and directed energy weapons, and she conceived of the theoretical and mathematical basis of electrogravitics.
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