Sci-fi fan, mechanically inclined, college grad in Art Education. James
Rumsey was a shirttail relative who invented the steamboat in 1789,
used a watertube boiler and a hydrojet. My father was a machinist who
built the gene gun for shooting DNA into seeds. Steam power is
not obsolete, just ignored for autos because it had a few drawbacks,
which are solved in a hybrid, just as the drawbacks of plug-in electric
cars are solved by using a steam driven generator to make them a hybrid.