- Paperback: 548 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491238445
- ISBN-13: 978-1491238448
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,354,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Songs and Stories from Tesla's Tower Paperback – January 17, 2014
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About the Author
PanOrpheus is the author of the Delphic Oracle series of metaphysical, alternate-history fantasy/science fiction books that include the 'Phoebe' series and the 'Theoclea' Delphic Oracle books. He is a Board Member of the Tesla Science Foundation and has held seminars on many subjects related to 'The Mysteries' of ancient times, the future, and the cosmos that surrounds us.
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The author draws on notable people and events from the past and brings them back to life in a mystical spirit world with new names and new agendas. Thomas Edison, Shackleton, Pythagoras and even Flash Gordon come to life in an eclectic mix of past, present and fantasy. There is a strong emphasis on a musical theme with rock stars of the 1960's, Buddy, Otis, Janis and Jimi featuring strongly. References are made to drug and alcohol excess synominous with performers of that period. I think they might be contagious, at times I felt I was on a hallucinogenic trip just by reading. There is a suggestion of rewriting history but with a super natural mystical twist. X- Ray vision, ray guns, Spaceships and time travel are thrown into the mix.
Who would this novel appeal to? Obviously steam punk, sci fi fans. Perhaps a little general knowledge of 60's music and a good general knowledge of history would help. I have no idea whether Edison invented the 'electric chair.' The author obviously knows his history and has let his imagination run riot when creating this unusual novel.
PanOrpheus creates a thoroughly engaging alternate world, one very close to our own, but a little bit skewed, like the picture of Machu Pichu at the café. The Ides of March fall on the 21st instead of the 15th; Janis Joplin wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” instead of Kris Kristofferson; the magic words in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” wind up being “Gert. Mercado. Nicto” instead of “Klaatu. Barada. Nikto” and so on.
The impetus for the gathering of powerful energy, including a Tesla Tower and a concert by Janis, Joni, and Jimi is a cyclical sunstorm called The Wind, which has, in the past, destroyed whole civilizations.
The superstars of 1960s and 1970s rock and folk music: Janis, Joni, and Jimi, as well as lots of others, help save the day. If you’re familiar with the music and lyrics, you’ll catch many references.
The book is awash in references to Grecian mythology and famous archaeological sites such as Gobekli Tepe, Easter Island, the Nazca Lines, and Egyptian pyramids. Atlantis puts in an appearance, as does Gondwanaland, one of the two supercontinents after the split-up of Pangea.
And the Nikola Tesla- Thomas A. Edison dispute is finally and clearly resolved.
But in the end, the book is about how we use the energy given to us.
This is a thoroughly engaging, well-crafted book. Highly recommended!
We see a lot of interesting characters in this work, like Edison, Phoebe, and many more, and some are labeled by their purpose (Tinkerer, Traveler). Each story has some relation back to Tesla, so anyone who is a Tesla fan will really like this work. There is also a lot of steampunk, so people who are fans of that will also love the way steampunk action is blended into everything.
Well worth a read for anyone who is a tesla fan!
The story takes you on a fun ride through history and the surreal. Through Oracles, such as Phoebe, we go from present to past and present again. I like her relationship with Robert, "The One." He was early. He was the one because he added sea salt to his soup.
In the city of Caral, which is described in interesting detail, Phoebe takes Robert through tunnels and even on an air ship. It is all mind-boggling. It seemed that they were falling in love.
But other stories intruded. One with The Traveler. Another with descendents of J.P. Morgan and Tesla's spirit.
The book is packed with information presented in a quirky up-dated way, as if we could meet the great people of the past.
I would love to meet Thomas Edison who had many unique inventions.