Tesla Magic

S.Watts Taylor

Book Cover

GENRE

FANTASY FUNNY

    Core Theme

    INNOVATION

    TIME PERIOD

    20th Century (multiple decades)

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE TRANSFORMATION OF CHARLOTTE POOLE, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT

    CHARACTER LIST

    FIG HARMON: 20S AND 50S. LEAD. TECHY.

    ALEX HARMON: 20S. FIG'S NURSE AND EVENTUAL WIFE.

    BUCK: 30S. FIG'S RADIO COWORKER.

    TESLA: 60S. INSPIRES FIG AND HELPS START HIS INVENTIONS.

    AMY HARMON: 50S. FIG'S MOTHER.

    TESSA: 20S. FIG'S DAUGHTER.

    Logline

    At the end of the First World War, Tesla meets three young people who assist him in the creation of a device that makes people happy at the flip of a switch. As the story followers these inventors, this device changes the course of history.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Female Leaning,Other

    Setting

    France, New York, Paris and Kozee, Kentucky.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Amazon Kindle

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Three young Americans meet on a segregated hospital ship. Nurse Alex English, a strong-willed White woman who is offended by racism, finds a berth for the White Lt. Rives “Fig” Harmon in the ship’s Black ward. In the next bunk is Pvt.“Buck” Bulloch, a Black inventor. Together, they change the world.

    Ending Description

    The story ends with Fig Harmon Bulloch, the granddaughter of all three, recapping the story during an interview for a podcast.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Alex Harmon

    Age: 20s

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Leader,Educated,Empathetic,Outspoken,Complex

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Buck Bulloch

    Age: 30s

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Masculine,Underdog,Visionary,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Fig Harmon

    Age: 202

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Clumsy,Empathetic,Educated,Visionary

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Nicola Tesla

    Age: 60s

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Charming,Educated,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic

    Development Pitch

    In the waning days of World War I, three young Americans meet on a segregated hospital ship. Nurse Alex English, a strong-willed White woman who is offended by racism, finds a berth for the White Lt. Rives “Fig” Harmon in the ship’s Black ward. In the next bunk is Pvt. Elliot “Buck” Bulloch, a Black Tuskegee professor who has just learned that his wife died of the Spanish flu. Alex and Fig make it their mission to cheer Buck up—and Fig begins to develop feelings for the nurse in the process. The three bond over their shared interest in radio: Fig opened a station before the war and he has big plans regarding the medium’s future. When the ship docks in New York, he convinces Alex and Buck to come work for him at Harmon Radio. After a few years, Fig’s father’s old colleague Tesla enters their lives with a plan for an invention that literally produces happiness: the glistening harmonifier. The device goes on to change the course of history—but not without a few hiccups along the way. The story is told in the present day by Fig Harmon Bulloch, the current CEO of the successor company to Harmon Radio and a granddaughter of all three protagonists, and it spans several decades of the 20th century. Figures like Queen Marie of Romania, Eleanor Roosevelt, and even a member of Donald Trump’s family make appearances. This intriguing story presents both determined women and minorities struggling to be create a purpose for themselves as they invent a device that brings joy to others.

    Genre

    COMEDY, ROMANCE, MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA, POLITICS, WAR, FANTASY

    Brief

    Fig falls in love with Alex; with the help of Tesla they create a device that gives everyone orgasms. Alex gets lynched for being around a Black man in 1930s Kentucky. The device is a huge success and changes the course of history, stopping WWII and many other conflicts.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The profile works!

    Draw of Story

    I love a period piece, and it's a period piece about a device that saves the world by giving people orgasms. It's hilarious.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There were a lot of unnecessary scenes that just dragged the story down--the scenes in Europe could be cut by at least two thirds, as could the scenes later on in the book with the Roosevelts. The entire second part of the book dragged on longer than needed.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    In the 1920s, Tesla and some friends create a device that alters the course of history by giving its users "instant, orgasmic happiness."

    Fanbase Potential

    This could have a large fanbase just because it's so inherently sexy and fandoms love that.

    Awards Potential

    Absolutely--it's a period piece with multiple complex characters.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    THE GREAT

    What’s New About the Story

    This could be more unique if the Black characters existed more outside of simply being targets of racism and used to promote the white characters as progressive. However, it's an original story as it is about a device in the 1920s that gives everyone orgasms and stops WWII.

    Lead Characters

    I thought Alex was the lead character, but despite getting the most development, she dies halfway through the novel. I guess Fig is unique in that his name is Fig, but the novel would be better if the focus was more on the unique characters of Alex and Buck.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Rare gem. This story grew on me.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Indie

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    This is an incredibly creative story that could take up a unique space in the cultural conversation--it's both revisionist historical fiction and funny scientific fantasy.

    Brief

    At the end of the First World War, Tesla meets three young people who assist him in the creation of a device that makes people happy at the flip of a switch. As the story followers these inventors, this device changes the course of history.

    What We Liked

    This is unique historical fiction--historic events are changed in an organic way in the story through the introduction of this device the characters invent.

    Film: As a film, this would be a fun, funny watch, chronicling the life of Fig Harmon and the introduction of the device to the world.

    TV: As a television show, this would be a funny historical fiction comedy that could explore how this "device" changes different events in history by making people happy. The series could either follow the relationships of the characters already in place in the book or it could turn into an anthologized exploration of the different turning points in history where the magical box could have a great effect.

    Key points: Historical basis; Creative; Funny; Sexy; Great ensemble cast

    Synopsis

    Fig Harmon is a soldier onboard a medical ship at the end of World War I, sick with poisoning from mustard gas. There are no beds left available in any of the white wards, so the spunky Nurse Alex English assigns him to the Colored ward. Alex and Fig grow close while she cares for him, and she soon befriends a Black soldier in the ward as well, Buck. Fig and Buck soon learn that they both have a shared interest in radios and Fig invites Buck to come work with him. Fig's mother, Amy Harmon, shows up onboard the ship to retrieve her son--due to her wealth and influence, she is able to get him, Alex, and Buck all released from duty. Amy takes all three shopping in the city. Fig proposes to Alex, who turns him down and goes to see her parents, and Buck agrees to come work in Kentucky on the radios.

    Alex's stepfather is a diplomat and gets assigned to Europe. She agrees to go with him and her family, and sends a letter to Fig, expressing her regrets and goodbyes. Fig, however, decides to follow Alex to Europe. He befriends a group of Romanians and royalty who lead him to Alex. Fig proposes to Alex again and again, and she refuses, until her stepfather lets her know that Alex's behavior with Fig has cast suspicion unto their relationship and might cost him his job if they continue to be perceived as living in sin. Alex agrees to marry Fig, and they have a quick, quiet ceremony.

    Alex and Fig return to Kentucky. Nikola Tesla arrives at the radio shop, haggard and exhausted, to work on his latest invention. Alex works with him as his assistant and encourages him to get his work done. He finally completes his magic box and soon, everyone in town wants to be the guinea pig. It turns out that Tesla's device creates an orgasm of sorts in the users--they brand it as creating instant happiness. Tesla returns back home, and Amy and Alex work out a deal to own the rights and profits of the magic box. Alex gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, named after Tesla and nicknamed Nick and Tessa. Shortly after the birth, Alex is out with Buck, when they get mistaken for an interracial couple and both get lynched.

    Almost two decades later, Tesla's magic box is an incredibly popular, widespread device, and the Harmons are rich. Tessa and Buck's son, Buckley, have gotten close, and marry secretly. The marriage soon comes to light, and local law enforcement arrests Buckley on dubious grounds and remind them that their marriage is illegal in the state of Kentucky. Eleanor Roosevelt helps Buckley get released, and Amy Harmon changes her will so that everything is left to Buckley. In the future, Fig's granddaughter Fig Bulloch continues an interview and explains how, due to the proliferation of Tesla's magic box, America was never in any wars after WWI, and world peace is on the horizon if not already there.

    About The Author

    S. Watts Taylor is an avid blogger who has written for various magazine and periodicals. Tesla Magic is his fourth novel.