Nikola Tesla's Posthumous Birthday, Innovative Genius & Electrical Trailblazer

by John Lee

During the late 19th Century lightning heralded the birth of a great Serbian and prospective scientist and engineer, this person is Nikola Tesla. Most people know of him through a couple of reference, either being compared to Doctor Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory and David Bowie portraying him in the Christopher Nolan movie The Prestige, but there is so much more to such first impressions.   

Born To Serbian Parents, Born To Croatian Soil, Born To Succeed In His Career. Despite his lonely death at eighty-six years old Tesla lived a long life of struggle and success, but still like Alan Turing Nikola deserved better than what the world allowed him. Hypothetically, if Telsa was indulged and rewarded more during his life two significant events happen, first with more appreciation, happiness, and wealth during the twilight of his years Nikola may well lived at least twenty years more from his immaculately healthy lifestyle, and second, the twentieth first century may been much more futuristic as seen in science fiction depictions of this half of the new millennium. 

Now there is a biopic movie called 'The Current War' starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, and Matthew Macfadyen belatedly released last year wonderfully portraying these historical character through dramatic sincerity. The story takes places over a couple of decades showing us the vying interactions of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and Nikola Tesla and the harsh price gained from career competition which effect family, finance, and fame. The characters complex and rich with vivacious details both trivial and significant. We, the audience, voyeur their lives much like Tom Holland's character, Samuel Insull, respected apprentice of Thomas Edison, Benedict Cumberbatch's character. 

In this movie we observe more of Telsa's inventions, both in actual construction and design, more than in any film preceding it, most likely because this is essentially a well-funded Art Nouveau movie with many famously excellent thespians mainstream and indie. Nicholas Hoult's Tesla is authentic to the real person he portrays, he has the exotic handsomenss, Byronic mannerisms, and convincing expression of the source evidence which Nikola Tesla's legacy endures forever precious. Through 'Nicholas Tesla' we witness how difficult yet admirable it is to commit to your vocational career, often one's meticulous savvy will allow you to win against formidable antagonists willing to cheat against you. Like Captain America is known to say, "Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'No, you move'.", also one can endeavour to counteract their cheating with being both the antidote to it and the force which sabotages their cruel and malicious efforts. 

Many statues can be found in New York City, Serbia, Croatia, Canada, Long Island, but most impressive is in Palo Alto, California where a full-size, crowdfunded statue honoring Tesla with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule was unveiled on 7 December 2013. The time capsule is intended to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Tesla's death, 7 January 2043. So that is something to look forward to.

As for merch which we at Heroes of Games & Comics have usually in stock pertaining to Nikola Tesla we have had graphic novels about imagined adventures of H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla as protagonists in a few volumes of the series 'Herald'. Obviously Nikola Tesla is iconic enough to cameo and be a supporting character in other graphic literature. Nevertheless, let us celebrate this demi-god of invention this Tenth of July and aspire to succeed through nerdy affinities this month during Geek Pride Week, 13th to 19th July.

Written by Michael P. Garzola


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