So, my NaNoWriMo project this year is going to be an insane alternate history WWI military sci-fi kind of shindig where the Great War hasn't ended by 2014 and has gone into space (but no atom bombs) with orbital attack platforms and all that jazz. Well, all good Alt History has a what-if moment. That singular point of temporal divergence that changes the world forever.
And mine is: What if Tesla became the modern god of all things voltaic? I'm sure most people know that Tesla was more or less squashed by Edison's cut-throat business practices, but history has gone on to vindicate Tesla as a true genius for the world instead of just a genius of his time. So taking that model and running with it I came up with a few plausible to semi-plausible events or eventualities.
JP Morgan never became a powerhouse, instead Westinghouse grew to supply most of the Western World's power. Which means, no GE. I had an event marked out that by the 1940s even Morgan's transportation empire was crumbling due to Tesla powered air and monorail systems.
Tesla's idea for an electric motor (The same thing used in the namesake cars) was adopted much, much earlier and was more rapidly refined.
I plan for it to have all these throwbacks to the Thomas Swift books and the science-fiction of the 1920s. Cities aren't cities so much as giant amalgams of building in a single archology. It's also a world that has been in brutal war for a Century, but a war that never entered a single city. So what would that look like? Also what would the biological sciences benefit.
See, I'm having trouble kind of nailing down all the different little points and was wondering if someone knew more about Tesla or Tesla tech or anything that might help.