Romans à Vapeur
Bruce is currently six chapters into the novel (and very interesting they are; I recommend it). In a recent one -- written in the last week of April -- a character builds a steam engine and then uses it to convert coffee into espresso. I was struck by this, since the same thing happens (accidentally) in my Arabian Wine. I don't think Bruce has read my novel; likelier he got the idea on his own, since it's obvious enough if you are thinking about steam.
I found it interesting that his novel is primarily about futures trading, manic-depression, and steam power, and secondarily about coffee. My novel Arabian Wine is exactly the reverse.
Are there any other romans à vapeur out there?