Anyone with even a passing interest in Steampunk eventually stumbles upon the subculture’s favorite scientist, Nicola Tesla. Tesla was so overwhelmingly ahead of his time that many people thought him completely insane. He conceptualized ideas like the radio before the world at the time could actualize and, in many cases, even imagine. Unfortunately, when you’re so far ahead of your time as Tesla was, most of the people in your time think you’re pretty nuts. Time might vindicate you, but by that time, you and all the people that scoffed at you are probably dead. Which means your only vindication might happen in history books, rather than getting the opportunity to say, “I told you so.”
Tesla did, however, have many admirers that pursued him with some determination despite the fact that he was celibate and and seemed to have absolutely no interest in women or romance. In fact, be believed that his celibacy was helpful to his scientific research. He was, by every stretch of the imagination, a man of science and science alone.
Hark a Deviant created a cartoon of this aspect of Tesla’s life and it’s freaking hilarious. But I’m not posting it here. You’ll need to go to their website and check out all the hilarity for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.