Dies the Fire – S.M. Stirling

Post-apocalypse Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. Very questionable physics, courtesy of the Alien Space Bats, suddenly kiboshes gunpowder, high-pressure steam engines, all electronics, and internal combustion gasoline engines.  The world devolves immediately into riots, plague, and the ascendancy of coincidental cool ex-military, and Creative Anachronism or Wiccan types who were largely shunned as geeks in the old real world.  Seems creepily like major wish-fulfillment on the part of the author?

To be fair, the book is quite entertaining and plausibly, solidly plotted and detailed.  Give it  a try.

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