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Old June 25th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #1

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how do you all think the modern world would have developed had internal combustion engines and, by extension, motor vehicles (and other vehicles such as tanks and planes; im not quite sure how their innards actually work) had never been developed, for whatever reason that may be? this means that there would never be powered vehicles, at least not as we know them, but guns and cannons still appear. what do you all think would be the prospect of steampunk-like machinery developing, albeit without any especially fantastical elements?

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Steam trains would still be main form of transport. We would have airships instead of planes, and possibly steam lorries and steam motorcycles
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It could mean no electronics. Things like computers would be mechanically operated, similar to a clock but on a more complex scale

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I think electronics would have evolved the same way. There plenty of applications that would not be related to combustion engines that people would eventually invent.

Socialy, though I do see us living much like people lived in the early 19th century. Most people would not live than a few miles from work and would probably never go more than a few hundred miles away from home their entire life.
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What in the world is Steampunk?

'In three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century.'


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If inventions like this would have been on the horizon, I wish we'd have waited just a couple more years to invent combustion engines.
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Steampunk, sort of, was a theme of Harry Turtledove's alternate history book The Two Georges.

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George Washington and George III came to an agreement, hence the name, and America never left the British Empire. America is still running mainly on coal and steam.
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