Olam did not have a luddite attitude. What he did have was a keep comprehension of how Otto vonBismark's attitude would turn Europe into the breeding grounds for two world wars, and how the activities of the Steam Barons of England were congruent with direct subversions of the Second Compact which was necessary since the Adversary had already subverted the original Compact. But, hey, that is just the basis of the fiction in which the protagonist is attempting not to allow for wholesale genocide. So yeah, I don't really need either the skyscrapers (which are being built in the United States) or the internet.I did not like Tom Olam myself, but mostly due to his annoying luddite attitude towards the idea of the world of Castle Falkenstein embracing anything resembling our world's modernism. Yes, Tom, heaven forbid someone in Europa invent a working Steampunk Television or a functional Steampunk Internet, or God Forbid, SKYSCRAPERS. We need to keep Europa as Victorian as Possible, no matter what possible benefits to society such technologies might bring.
Sorry, I just do not like Luddism.