I'm a freelance writer, formerly a software engineer, with a background in publication systems, file formats, library systems, and digital preservation. Lately I've developed an interest in the sixteenth century and have published a fantasy novel (The Magic Battery) based on it. I'm working on a sequel.
Thomas Lorenz discovers the technique of storing magic spells in devices, throwing the magical establishment of 16th-century Europe into turmoil. Women and non-Christians can now get their hands on magic. Frieda Lorenz pushes the envelope further by insisting women should be free to practice magic. Soon the emperors in Vienna and Turkey take an interest in magic for warfare. The world has become a better place for many, but also a more dangerous one.
The sixteenth century is a time of change. Mages — by law, all male and Christian — have a profitable, tightly controlled trade, but Thomas Lorenz is is creating pushbutton magical devices which anyone can use. His wife argues eloquently that women should be free to use magic. Together they are changing the future of Germany and of magic.
The e-book for the digital preservation geek! Computers are our long-term memory. If you want files that last, you need to know what you’re doing. “Digital preservation” is a term known mostly to people in libraries and archivists. The mission of this book is to bring it to the broader geek world — the individual user and the system administrator.