Friday, August 22, 2008

Did The Island Jump Up In The Air?

I'm reading a novel, The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt that centers around Nikola Tesla. Tesla proposes an idea that he could build a ring around the equator that is not subject to Earth's gravity so that a person could stand on the ring and the rest of the world was pass by in the course of a day as it turned on its axis. This made me wonder if the Island is moved similarly. It "jumps" for some period of time and stays stationary as the Earth turns under it and then ends up somewhere else when it lands. Just a crazy idea I thought I'd share.


Lost 2010 said...

Is it pretty good? The book I mean.

I like the idea of the island suspended in midair so we can see up under it. As long as the people on the beach didn't wander too close to the edge and fall off anyway.

memphish said...

The book was okay. It gets all art-y switching POVs and telling the story out of chronological and using very unreliable narrators and messing with the idea of time travel. So if you like that sort of thing, then it's worth reading. But to me it could have used more plot.

Ironically I ran across this story about wireless electricity today. That's something Tesla thinks about and wants to create throughout the book.

Capcom said...

Whoa! What a concept! Me likey lots. :o)

So, the book's wacky structure kind of sounds like LOST's wacky structure, heheh.

Did Tesla actually have this thought, or did she make it up for the novel?

Good article. Supposedly Tesla had this theory all sewn up and was ready to share it with the world. But shut down funding and facilities prevented him perfecting the application I guess. Lore has it that's the part of his records and notebooks that the FBI confiscated from his room after he died, so no one would get and use it. :-p

memphish said...

Capcom, the author didn't really discuss how much research she'd done, but I got the feeling that all the ideas she attributed to Tesla were in fact Tesla's. She lists Margaret Cheney, John J. O'Neill, Inez Hunt and Wanneta Draper as authors of Tesla biographies that she consulted. She also lists a John Wagner as a preservationist of Tesla's legacy.

Lost 2010 said...

The article about wireless power is interesting.

You inspired me to stop by the bookstore but I got distracted and forgot to look for the Samantha Hunt book. . . which gives me an excuse to go back another time, right?

Capcom said...

Tx Memphish, and tx for sharing about this book. You know how lots of us LOST fans like Telsa, so I'll be looking up the book like Lost2010 as well. :-)