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You, our intrepid listeners, have spoken, and so next up on the roster of awesome vintage pulp fiction is the curious tale of the electrified cats…better known as “The Scientific Adventures of Mr Fosdick: The Feline Light and Power Company Is Organized” by Jacque Morgan.

I wasn’t able to find anything about Morgan other than the fact that he wrote a few pseudo-science stories at the turn of the century; it’s possible that this could have been a pseudonym for a writer (or even a scientist) who didn’t want to be known for making a couple of bucks writing pulp. That happened quite a lot back in the day!

Nonetheless, Morgan clearly had a vivid imagination and a way with words – and readers agreed, as he wrote at least two Mr Fosdick stories. This one was the first, appearing in the October 1912 issue of Modern Electrics. That magazine was a popular science and radio technology magazine edited by none other than Hugo Gernsback, who would go on to helm some of the most popular pulp magazines of all time.

He published the first fiction in Modern Electrics in 1911, and soon realized just how popular genre fiction was among technically minded folks – geekdom has always loved its speculative fiction!

In “The Feline Light and Power Co.,” Morgan captures the inventive, imaginative nature of technological progress in the early Teens, a time when cars were just starting to be seen in many areas and when electrification still hadn’t fully taken over.

Of course, figuring out how to power all our tools and toys has always been an issue. Thankfully, the clever Mr Fosdick has things covered.

…or does he?

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