The Last Alchemist is of course a fictional story, but for those who are interested in learning a little bit more about the concepts I write about, or which historical events are real or not I have prepared this short summary:
THE PRINCIPLES OF RICHES – I made those up. There are however literally thousands of books discussing various methods to get rich quick. I’ve been through a fair few of them. If you want my advice the best ones are Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki) and Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill). I am heavily indebted to ideas these two authors pioneered.
DR HANS KAMMLER AND DIE GLOCKE – Dr Hans Kammler did exist, and no one really knows what Die Glocke was. If you want to learn more you can look up Kammler and die Glocke on Wikipedia etc, or you can read some of Joseph P. Farrel’s books. (They are a bit out there, but good fun.)
GOLD WITH SPECIAL POWERS – Made that one up.
If there are other things you wonder whether were facts or fiction in the story, please send me a line and I’ll include the answers here. (eh@erikhamre.com)