The Tesla Revolution is Here

Nikola Tesla

By Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Mad Science Institute. When I started working on it about 3 years ago, I knew enough about Nikola Tesla to know that he was the benevolent king of all mad scientists, and that he should be the founder of my fictional institute. But I didn’t know much more than that, and everyone else seemed to know even less.

Back then, Tesla was like a well-kept secret. Here was the inventor whose work was at the heart of our entire electrical grid and all the devices that run off it (not to mention his pioneering of radio, robotics, x-rays and more). And yet nobody had heard about him.

But all that seems to have changed in only a few years’ time. It seems like Tesla’s name is everywhere now, and he’s the star of television, comics, and video games. His name graces an automotive company, and a crowd-funding effort a few months back resulted in more than 30,000 people contributing over 1.3 million dollars to the founding of a Tesla museum in New York.

I wish I could take credit for the rise in Tesla-awareness, but about all I can claim is that I was a Tesla Hipster. Still, I hope this trend continues and he gets his name into the history books where it belongs.

Viva la Spark-Punk Revolution!

And how about you? Are you a Tesla hipster or are you only now hearing about this historical figure? Leave a comment to let me know.

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About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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2 Responses to The Tesla Revolution is Here

  1. R says:

    You have taught me much about Tesla. I have seen a Tesla coil on TV (NCIS: Los Angeles) and thought of MSInstitute. I follow io9 on Twitter and when they mention Tesla, I stop and read the article. How does one diagnose and/or treat a Tesla hipster? Am I to become or am I one of these?
    P.S. I shared your web site with my brother-in-law. He read in detail, both with seriousness and excessive chuckling. As an electrical engineer, I am certain he will enjoy the sequel to MSI and any further posts you make about Tesla.

    • Sechin Tower says:

      Thank you so much! Your support & spreading the word means the world to me.
      As for the “Tesla Hipster” condition, I think that anyone who has heard of him as of now can claim that title. In another year or three, I bet he’ll be as well known as Edison and you can say “I was into Tesla before he was cool!”

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