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Did Tesla’s tower have an attic?

Posted April 3, 2014

Tesla's Attic authors Eric Elfman and Neal Schusterman in front of Wardenclyffe

Tesla’s Attic authors Eric Elfman and Neal Schusterman on the tower base.

Two mysterious Men in Black made a special trip to visit Wardenclyffe on March 28 to investigate Nikola Tesla’s last laboratory and the remains of his transmitting tower. They spoke to us of “Tesla’s attic,” where they said very unusual machines were kept. We knew that Tesla had unusual machines, but had never heard that his laboratory had an attic. Could they mean the tower, long since destroyed and now just a fading memory? And what were those mysterious machines?

Our own investigations finally revealed that these Men in Black were Eric Elfman and Neal Schusterman, and Tesla’s Attic turned out to be a book they have just published. It is the first of a three-book series for children, called The AcceleratiTesla’s Attic tells the story of a young boy who lives in a house where some very interesting and unusual machines are found. To discover just what these fascinating machines were, and why they were so unusual, you will have to read the book. Maybe your sixth grader will lend you her copy. The second book in the series will be released in February of 2015, and she’ll have to have it, too, as soon as it comes out.

Tesla's tower at his Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, NY

Tesla’s transmission tower at Wardenclyffe

Elfman and Schusterman are on a tour of towns in the northeast to promote Tesla’s Attic. They were excited to see the last laboratory where Tesla worked, and to hear about the massive transmitting tower that once stood before it, almost 200 feet high. Lightning bolts emitted from that tower could be seen from Connecticut.

Some of the stories we shared with our visitors about Wardenclyffe may find their way into the next two books!

Tesla’s Attic is recommended for 8- to 14-year-old readers, and has received excellent reviews. A review in Publishers Weekly said, “This entertaining and often surprising first book in Schusterman and Elfman’s Accelerati trilogy is well-timed to take advantage of the resurgent interest in Nikola Tesla.”

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