Lest Darkness Fall
|Author:||L. Sprague de Camp
Pyramid Books, 1963
Henry Holt and Company, 1941
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|Sub-Genre Tags:||Alternate History (SF)|
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Martin Padway, 20th-century archaeologist, becomes a reluctant one-way time-traveller, landing in Rome on the verge of the Dark Ages. With no way home, he sets out to make the world he's in a better place.
In short order, Padway "invents" and introduces such things as Printing and newspapers, Arabic numerals, Double entry bookkeeping, Copernican astronomy, and, most important -- Distilling. And the world of decaying Rome will never be the same!
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