Vol IV Pick-me-up

I had never heard of Nikola Tesla until I chanced upon The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt. Suddenly it seemed that Tesla and I had a mysterious connection. That night while channel surfing I paused to watch an episode of Criminal Minds, and Tesla is mentioned by a character. The next morning someone had posted  a link about Tesla on facebook http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla….curiouser and curiouser…

The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt is a splendid book. The New York Times in their review of this  book says – The inventor Nikola Tesla is a historical novelist’s dream. He was the brain behind alternating current, radio, wireless communication and remote control. He was a friend of Mark Twain and a foe of Thomas Edison. Like Alfred Nobel, he had the hubris to believe he could invent a weapon that would ensure eternal peace. He tore up a contract with Westinghouse worth millions. After he died, destitute and forgotten, an F.B.I. agent wrote that the government was “vitally interested” in his papers. Tesla believed he had communications with Mars. He was extremely fond of pigeons. His every action gleams with a kind of guarantee: strange, but true.

Samantha Hunt’s second novel, “The Invention of Everything Else,” follows Tesla’s story in every direction. [ Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/23/books/review/Thomas-t.html]