Five Fists of Science

by Fraction, MattBook Cover
A fine piece of historical fiction, this bears a strong family resemblance to Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Our heroes–representing science–are Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, Baroness Bertha Von Suttner, and Tesla’s assistant Timothy Boone. Our villains–representing magic–are John Pierpoint Morgan, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, and Andrew Carnegie. Twain and Tesla want to eliminate war by selling a huge automaton to all of the world powers, making human soldiers unnecessary, while establishing a balance of power. When their presentation fails to impress world leaders, they set up an elaborate demonstration which looks like a demonic invasion. The villains have another world domination plot in motion. When science meets magic, the fireworks are tremendous.
– reviewed by Mark, University City Regional, PLCMC

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