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Survival / world building story

goettlinger1
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Hi,

i just finishid gateway-what-lies-beyond

Its about a few people stranded in the past building a new life.

I especialy liked the survival and world building parts.

Do you know other storys, where the MC is cut Form modern civilization and has to survive the old fashiond way and is building a New home for himself?

I would like if there is some kind oft romance, but it's not necesary.

Thanks

BlinkReader

@goettlinger1

If you haven't read them before, start with Cmsix and his stories like John and Argent and many other like this...

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler

@BlinkReader

Cmsix stories generally have him being abducted by aliens and sent back to a Stone Age culture armed with modern automatic weapons. That does not quite fit the requirements.

Replies:   BlinkReader  Sarlek
BlinkReader

@Vlad_Inhaler

That does not quite fit the requirements


You may be right, but what ever - his stories are readable, fun to read (add there whatever you like to add)

And there are many others.

Next that I have remembered is - from aubie56 and his serial "Close Call"

sunkuwan

Try "release that witch!" a Chinese web novel. currently 1065 chapters in Chinese and 744 in English.
It is about a Chinese man who finds himself in the body of a prince from a medieval kingdom. This (idiotic) prince was sent to a border town to manage it.

He awakens in the body, just as a witch was slated to be executed (they are hunted in that world). In the course of the early chapters he first secretly harbors witches and then openly works with them when he cut ties with the kingdom. With the help of witches he transforms the border town into a regional power and industrializes it while defending against supernatural monsters and the neighboring cities and the church.

There is also Eric Flint's series, "1632" about an American mining town transported into 30-year-war Germany.

Vlad_Inhaler

@sunkuwan

I had never heard of either story. "Release that witch" looks to be a half-decent translation from the original Chinese, possibly even translated automatically. Most names are European but some are Chinese (untranslatable?), an incongruous mixture.

Replies:   sunkuwan
sunkuwan

@Vlad_Inhaler

No, it's not automatically translated. Though it has some overabundance of culturally different phrases liked "Oh, it's like that!"
And I don't remember any Chinese names except for the protagonist's initial name, that never gets mentioned again. He is always called by his European name, Robert.

"Release that Witch!" is one of the most popular Chinese webnovels in the west. Because it is one of the most accessible for western audiences and the kinda "normal" plot and setting.

Sarlek
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@Vlad_Inhaler


Cmsix stories generally have him being abducted by aliens and sent back to a Stone Age culture armed with modern automatic weapons. That does not quite fit the requirements.


To be fair, OP seems to have liked Gateway - What Lies Beyond that he mentioned in his post, and if I recall correctly, the people from the future use modern guns, ATVs etc there. Now I haven't read cmsix's stories, but from what you wrote it sounds pretty similar to GWLB, minus the aliens.

goettlinger1
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Hi,
thanks so far. i will check out your recommendations.

But i always have a bad feeling starting to read incomplete & inactive Storys. is it worth it?

The modern technologie doesn't bother me. But it shouldn't be the focus. In Gateway the modern technologie was mostly used to fight the bad modern guys and that part was ok, but not what i enjoyed most. Befor that fight they build most things without or with little modern support.

I read a lot of chinese xianxia translations befor i found storiesonline. So im pretty used to the typical chinese namens and phrases (mount Tai, etc. :)), but im sick of waiting for new chapters. "Release that witch" is on my waiting list since the translation was at chapter 140.

Replies:   sunkuwan
sunkuwan

@goettlinger1

the chinese novel is still ongoing, so who knows when it will end. Thank god the translation has a big release schedule. It was 14 chapters a week, but it dropped to 7 a week. But still better than the previous translator who just stopped someday after the schedule got very irregular.
With the current schedule, we are approx. a year behind.

I put it on hold at chapter 530.

Replies:   tippertop
grandad_rufus

@goettlinger1

Cast your eye over Doorway Into Past http://storiesonline.net/s/46817/doorway-into-the-past

Journey into the Past http://storiesonline.net/s/46779/journey-into-the-past

Regards G_R

tippertop
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@sunkuwan

Pity the author is completely pussy-whipped and chickened out of the harem route because his wife forbade him to do it. Also, I dislike how easily everything comes to him (which is a glaring problem in most Chinese stories), because just as he needs something to advance technological development a witch with the necessary power falls into his lap. That being said, it's an engaging read if you look past its faults, though nothing especially novel when it comes to stories with this premise.

At the very least the author has some idea of how European medieval society worked and doesn't make the same blunders most Asian authors do when they write about a setting inspired by past Europe.

Replies:   samuelmichaels
LonelyDad

Ernest Bywater has several stories about modern individuals being catapulted back in time and how they make the best of it.

http://storiesonline.net/s/13358/stand-in-time
http://storiesonline.net/s/74132/times-of-old
http://storiesonline.net/s/13144/will-to-survive

Fantasy Lover also has one:

http://storiesonline.net/s/15868/spirit-quest

samuelmichaels

@tippertop

Pity the author is completely pussy-whipped and chickened out of the harem route because his wife forbade him to do it.


Oh, was that it? He keeps hinting at that, but never goes too far (at least up to chapter 700 where I stopped).

Replies:   sunkuwan
sunkuwan

@samuelmichaels

Well, that's the story you read every so often in the comments.

JohnBobMead

@sunkuwan

There is also Eric Flint's series, "1632" about an American mining town transported into 30-year-war Germany.


The 1632 universe has some really good world building. An awful lot of top notch research into period technologies, and what technological advances can be implemented given that tech base combined with the resources found in a medium-sized public library, and the various types of resources that could reasonably be found within a West Virginia mining community. And have they ever done their research on the society extant in 1632 Europe!

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler

@JohnBobMead

And have they ever done their research on the society extant in 1632 Europe!

A couple of Argon's stories in http://storiesonline.net/universe/620/knights-and-commoners should offer some insights there, not that he was around then either.

Replies:   Argon
Argon

@Vlad_Inhaler

not that he was around then either.


Thanks for pointing that out! :o))

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Vlad_Inhaler

@Argon

Hell, afaik your age is within a year or so of mine so anything from before the Napoleonic Wars is stuff I'm too young to remember.

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