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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Here's a piece of alternate tech for you to consider; kite ships. [link]

Probably no longer in use by the time in which your book takes place, but perhaps the linchpin of Gondwana's maritime supremacy in an earlier age.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
That is awesome. Also, I'm going to say the small and midsized ships were made out of concrete :)

Dan
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Nice!

What about the new ships, do you think? Are they teslapunk?
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
of course! Actually, although big shipping barges do appear in the story, I don't know exactly what they look like. The don't fly because you need a Grid to do that, and I haven't figured out a way to sail on water that would be bad-ass enough. Gondwanan air travel, by the way, consists of packing passengers into a ballistic projectile and hurling it at the target with a giant rail-gun. It has a wings and parachutes for steering, but only if you want to be a pussy about it.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
transoceanic railways :P ?

That is an extremely cool way to fly :D . It seems like the range of a projectile would be limited though, unless it was able to stop and relaunch.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Transocianic railways! Superconducting cables strung between destinations! I love it! Oh that is going in the book!

The projectiles hop from one airport to another like skipping stones. :) That way, EVERYONE can throw up!
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Are you envisioning something like a giant aquatic trolley bus? [link]ådbuss_Landskrona.JPG

If so, SUH-WEET :D .

Thinking about it, having railgun projectiles rather than powered airships is a very clever way to go for a society without combustion tech. Still, it might lead many people to take alternative modes of travel (like ocean trolleys :D ) due to the rapid acceleration/decceleration.

Zeppelins could also be big, although that might be too cliché...
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Yeah, I tried to limit the amount of things that explode as much as possible, so the majority culture is shocked by such things as bombs.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Let me try that again: [link]
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
And here's the back-of-the-book summary:

Five hundred years ago, the Gondwanans conquered Eurasia. Now, once-mighty civilizations have been reduced to scavengers, scrabbling at the corners of the Gondwanan-ruled world. One such community is White-town, a ghetto of the North American city of Shikaakwa, where a small group of English-speaking refugees cling to survival.

George Boatman is the leader of a gang of young men, a half-trained priest with an overwhelming sense of justice, and responsibility. Trying to right the wrongs by the native majority of Shikaakwa, he starts a cycle of escalating violence that threatens his entire community. Worse, a foreign language teacher from powerful and godless Gondwana is living in his house, bringing down attention from the authorities, and trying to seduce him. As threats mount and a Shikaakwa policeman makes advances on George's virgin sister, it seems his life and cause might come utterly undone.

Aspiring language teacher Bounce Nakmara did not expect to spend her time in Shikaakwa dealing with other people's problems. Even less did she expect to home-stay with a group of superstitious, barely-civilized, English-speaking savages. As she comes to like and understand her host family, however, Bounce sees the dangers looming over them. In the midst of wide-spread racism, oppression, religious extremism, and gang war, Bounce, the family, and a sympathetic police officer search for a way to save White-town, as well as their own lives.

The World's Other Side is an alt-history/sci-fi/teslapunk/humor/romance/thriller about minority rights, religious extremism, love, and flying robots.
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