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Author Topic: The Bipod Pre-Dated the Tripod  (Read 446 times)
RJBowman
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« on: August 16, 2015, 04:49:51 am »


Title page from a boys' magazine published in 1892, six years before War of the World.

You can read the story here:
http://jessnevins.com/edisonade/edisonade.html

This from a series of short stories about a boy genius who specialized in building exotic vehicles, many in the shape of animals. The ostrich in the story is armored, is outfitted with a gatling gun, is able to run at incredible speed, and is resistant to desert heat. The metal bird is thirty feet tall.

I can not speak for any likelihood that Welles might have read this book, but I have to say that the author, Robert T. Toombs, beat Welles to print where mechanical walking land dreadnoughts are concerned.

No supposed that Electric Bob had sold the giant armored ostrich technology to the world's armies, and they had been ready when that weird meteor hit in Woking, Surrey...
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2015, 12:20:35 pm »

Great find. 

Amazing that we have not heard more about Toombs and Electric Bob.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 05:30:00 pm »

The stories were published in newspaper format and were never reprinted, and were Toombs' only known work; it was probably a pseudonym. Someone really should track down all the stories and make them available as an ebook or print-on-demand book.
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 06:53:18 pm »

Great idea.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2015, 07:38:12 pm »

I just came across a link to a pdf file of this very story!

http://jessnevins.com/edisonade/edisonade.html
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