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Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss
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message 1: by Valerie (new)

Valerie ?'Edison'? Edison was a thief and ran a sweatshop. If I were pinning my hopes on anybody, it would be Tesla.

But not for 'conquest', which is just reverse imperialism. I would recommend a sort of Pueblo model: creating a defense, to protect the Earth against not only further invasion, but also against the possibility that the Martians would get smart and start throwing rocks, instead.

And then an exchange of ambassadors, once the defenses are completed. But conquest would just perpetuate the problem.

Mike I'll let you know how the mad-dog, thieving sweatshop conquest goes. I don't write 'em, I just read 'em.

(Although apparently you have at your disposal:
"To Mars With Tesla; or, the Mystery of the Hidden World" by J. Weldon Cobb (1901)
"Wonder of the Worlds" by Sesh Heri (2005).

message 3: by Valerie (new)

Valerie No, I wish. I have only Tesla's technical papers: and I'm having a bit of difficulty getting through that, because the text assumes a grounding in the state of the art at the time. It doesn't help to say 'the modification differs from the standard design in these ways' if you don't include a diagram of the standard design.

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