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Tesla – A Biographical Play

Tesla – A Biographical Play

Acie Cargill


It was the dawn of the electric age. Nikola Tesla was there from the beginning, learning by doing. He was a natural genius and took to electric engineering easily. It fit his inventive mind perfectly. A new field and a chance to experiment with his ideas and translate those ideas into realities.


This play is mostly in Tesla’s own words. I have only used one short segment when he really cuts loose with the science and engineering technicalities. It concerns his development of alternating current, and is there so the reader can get an idea where Tesla’s head was at. He was like Einstein, but of course, in a different field.


He was part of the beginnings of modern science, in fact, without him, there would be no modern science. We would still be working by candlelight. Tesla had to be greatly influenced by the great science fiction literature of his time, especially H G Wells, and probably Wells was influenced by Tesla’s experimental possibilities.


Was Tesla a mad scientist? Let’s say eccentric. When your mind functions on levels that most people don’t, it is expected that some of your ideas might seem strange to the average person. His behavior might seem a little unusual also. He shunned meat, sleep, sex, stimulants, pleasure, even relaxation. But he lived to be 87 and was active physically and mentally until the end.


Keep an open mind when you read this material. It was mostly written nearly 100 years ago or more. He is coming out of the dark ages of the 19th century and he certainly made our world a better place. Without him no internet, no smart phones, no refrigeration, no normal lighting, no television, no Tesla car. Let’s all be thankful that he lived.

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Acie Cargill

Acie Cargill is a poet, songwriter, and prose writer. He studied poetry with the American poet laureate Mark Strand and poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, from Illinois. He also studied novel writing with Thomas Berger, author of “Little Big Man” (adapted for film by Arthur Penn, with Dustin Hoffman as the lead). Cargill studied journalism as well, with instructor Jean Daily. His work is a synthesis of those three styles.


He’s a member of the American Mensa and worked as an editor for the Mensa Journal of Poetry. He’s also a member of the Grammy Association and The US Quill and Scroll Society.


Cargill is a vegetarian, a former holistic therapist, a musical performer on a variety of instruments, an environmental activist, a lecturer, medical reviewer, a lover, a cannabis user, and a seer.

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