Y. X. Acs’s story “The Abjection Engine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 June 2017.
This story was originally written as a response to a call for submissions put out by Weird Tales. My intention was to write a weird, hard science fiction story, appropriate, I thought, since the theme issue was going to be focused on Nikola Tesla. This led me into a love affair with his work that has yet to end. I find Tesla’s writings beautiful. At their most speculative (i.e. The Problem of Increasing Human Energy), they are hermetic, hopeful, brilliant, and ludicrous all at the same time. His own story is similarly both sad and awe-inspiring. I also think it worth noting that Tesla was actually approached by Soviet agents in 1919, and asked to work for them. According to his diary, he was told, “We have no money, but [we have] carloads of solid gold, and we will give you a liberal amount.” I cannot recall if I discovered this fact before or after I began writing this story.
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