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Poem: "The Steamsmith"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>And she's relentlessly Competent. I'm willing to overlook a lot in a protagonist who's just solidly Competent, and when one comes along who's otherwise cool on top of that, well, I'm sold.<<

Aye, she is that -- infuriatingly Competent, even, in the opinion of many other folks in that culture. She's living proof that some of their dearly held beliefs about human nature are bollocks. When you're living in an industrial revolution with a newish faith that science is Good And Right, black sheep and white crows can be tremendously discomfiting. Small minds can rip a muscle trying to accommodate such things, and that's painful. She is so skilled and so useful, they can't afford to ignore her. She doesn't try to demand acclaim or reach outside her skills, just insists that people give credit where credit is due and won't accept anything less.

>>And yeah, "Science" really stays the same. It's just being used here to study a Universe different from ours.<<

*nod* I'll have to do some poking around, but I suspect that the philosophical principles of science apply, while the nature of scientific information in that setting differs from our own.

This process of scientific method works.

Exploring the similarities and differences could be fun. Some of the fundamental differences influence how things in this setting work in ways alien to our own, like the interactions between personality and technology. That loops around to affect the culture and characters.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 4th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Pretty much, yes. Some of the most interesting experiments aren't done with the expectation of a particular result, but just to see what will happen. It's all about trying to figure out how the world works.

Now in this series, I'm thinking it would be fun to see what happens if some of the characters are a little more serious about their science than people were (sadly, still are...) in this world. That is, if you can provide evidence proving that some dearly-held belief is wrong, some of them will (however grudgingly) abandon it and attempt to find a new hypothesis. This steampunk version of London is not as grungy and smoky as the historic version or most steampunk versions. It's a little brighter, and somewhere in there is a clue machine.
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