(From the publisher):
Three darkly clad figures stood around an empty field next to the river on the Champ de Mars. The cold was bracing, although the wind had died down since dawn. They paced the field, looking for something that would tell them that this was the right spot.
The tall one looked up at the sky, noting the cumulus clouds that floated past and bumped into each other. He bent down and picked up a handful of dirt, then poured it into a small glass case. He lifted the case full of dirt up over his head into the air. Ten seconds later, a fork of lightning streaked down through the sky and struck the box. The impact made the tall one stumble backward. The glass case glowed a metallic blue, the dirt having been blasted out by the electricity. The other two figures, who had been watching this scene, briefly nodded to each other as the third regained his footing.
A little to the east, German and Austrian engineers tinkered with their gasoline-powered carriages. A little to the west, Americans and recent American immigrants tinkered with their understanding of electricity.
As an intriguing political thriller, this is the story of how greed and violence collide with intricate twists as one man tries to give free and abundant HYDROGEN energy to the world.
Original title: The Originators
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Technology→ Steampunk & Low Tech
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 19th Century