The Wind-Sphere Ship by Steven R. Southard
Series: What Man Hath Wrought, Book 1.
Approx. 6,470 words.
Published on August 23, 2010 by
Gypsy Shadow Publishing.
Heron of Alexandria, in the 1st Century A.D., invented a primitive steam engine he called an aeolipile, or “wind-sphere.” Persuaded by his friend Praxiteles, he used this engine to propel a ship. If his steam-ship could beat a man-rowed galley in a race, could Heron bring about the Industrial Revolution 1700 years early?