Alternating Realities: The Life and Legacy of Nikola Tesla

The stroke of midnight on 9-10 July, 1856.

A thunderstorm. An archetype enters our world: a scientist. An inventor. A legend around whom many myths would be woven. Nikola Tesla is an enigmatic figure. There is a Tesla whose practical legacy powers our world, a Tesla who was the victim of the harsh capitalism of Thomas Edison, a Tesla who conjured magic in Colorado Springs and built half a tower to provide free wireless electricity to the world, and a Tesla who stretches our minds into improbable places involving ray guns, FBI conspiracies, earthquake machines, Soviet cold war secret weapons, Martian messages and giant explosions in Russia. It is difficult, sometimes, to distinguish myth from fact. Time-traveling Teslas who become comic book heroes, Teslas who stalk Youtube with Mark Twain and comment on current events, and Teslas who create ‘duplicating’ machines in Hollywood blockbusters confound the situation further. Who was the real Tesla?

Alternating Realities presents the many worlds of Nikola Tesla in a layered narrative, interweaving historically kosher tales with some of the more fanciful interpretations of the inventor. Alternating Realities exposes the subjectivity of histories, chronicles the struggle of idealism against the limitations of the unimaginative, reveals the power of inspiration and the celebrates the raw awe of Tesla’s vision and achievements.