A lot of strange things have been attached to Nikola Tesla on the internet, including stories of time travel and communications with Mars.
The most famous is a reference to the New York Herald on 13th March 1895.
A New York Herald reporter wrote on March 13 that he came across Tesla in a small café, looking shaken. Apparently, Tesla claimed while conducting an experiment, he was nearly electrocuted by 3 million volts and had an “Out of time” experience where he could see a little way into the future and the past.
“I am afraid,” said Tesla, “that you won’t find me a pleasant companion tonight. The fact is I was almost killed today. The spark jumped three feet through the air and struck me here on the right shoulder. If my assistant had not turned off the current instantly in might have been the end of me.”
Unfortunately, I can’t find the original source of this report, though it’s often found on the internet.
However, what is fact is that in the early morning hours of March 13, 1895, the South Fifth Avenue building that housed Tesla’s lab caught fire.
It started in the basement of the building and was so intense his 4th floor lab burned and collapsed into the second floor!
Tesla and Mars
He thought he could use the Earth’s magnetic field as a means of transmission. And he was convinced that oscillations he detected in the magnetic fields were messages from Mars.
H.G. Wells, Tesla and Time Travel
By coincidence, H G Wells published his “Time Machine” in the same month as Tesla’s laboratory caught fire.
“The reader will no doubt recall the little excitement that began the century, arising out of an announcement by Mr. Nikola Tesla, the American electrical celebrity, that he had received a message from Mars.
His announcement renewed attention to a fact that had long been familiar to scientific people, namely: that from some unknown source in space, waves of electro-magnetic disturbance, entirely similar to those used by Signor Marconi for his wireless telegraphy, are constantly reaching the earth.“
An idea for book
These coincidences were too much to pass up.
And I decided to write a story with Tesla and Wells for my intrepid adventurers.
In my book “The Space Between Time” Nikola Tesla while working on his electrical resonant transformer accidentally causes a massive electromagnetic pulse.
This causee a shift time into an alternative parallel world.
However, only a few people noticed the difference.
H G Wells is one of them of course.
And he decides the only way to return the world to normality is to call again on the services of James and Elizabeth.
Naturally they’d rather have a peaceful life but as usual Wells makes sure they no option but to help.