We’re joining in the celebrations of Engineers Week by dedicating this week’s Seriously Geeky Sundays to everything engineering in fictional worlds. For centuries engineers have shaped the world we live in, transforming the world into something magical and unknown. During the Victorian era the reaction to the industrial revolution was so strong it created the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres we now know and love. Now it’s gone full circle and engineering features in the fictional worlds it created.
Join me today as I tell you about my favourite engineers and engineering themes for Seriously Geeky Sundays week 47!
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Building the World
My answers for week #47
Who is your favourite fictional engineer?
It’s got to be Doc Brown from the Back to the Future franchise. He most definitely fits under the mad scientist category for question two as well, however, he conjures such fond memories for me that he’s always the first engineer that comes to mind. He’s such a character, bringing to life the field of engineering with his charisma and enthusiasm. He’s always brimming with energy and new ideas, ideas that are completely out there that push the boundaries of the field.
While most engineers like to use their skills for good, some of them don’t; which “mad scientist” engineer caught your attention?
You’ve got to be pretty big on the mad scientist vibe to come up with the equipment to capture ghosts when the entire world believes they don’t exist. Along with his fellow Ghostbuster Dr Ray Stantz, Dr Egon Spengler created the infamous proton packs used by the Ghostbusters. He’s known for his scientific ramblings that only one of the team (Ray) understands, his weird hobbies and beliefs that confound everyone else. Despite all this, there’s something loveable about this oddball.
In fandoms, engineering expands into new (and usually weird) fields; what one would you like to learn?
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of planetary engineering such as terraforming. The thought of being able to change dead planets or damaged areas into something habitable sounds absolutely amazing especially when our own planet is at risk due to climate change. Of course, it’s a field that often gets abused in science fiction so for me, it would be something I’d only want to learn and use for good. No terraforming already habited planets for me!
More importantly; who’s teaching the class?
The Kryptonians of the DC Comics universe are one of the most technologically advanced races in the galaxy and experts in terraforming. Learning anything from them would be an honour and a privilege.
Famous engineers are often depicted in fandoms, which has been your favourite portrayal?
Sometimes I write questions with a specific character in mind and this is one such character. Several historical characters appear in Sanctuary having been given longevity and supernatural powers as a result of an experiment. One of them is the infamous engineer and scientist Nikola Tesla who has become a vampire and he is an amazing character. Tesla was a man born at the wrong time and as a vampire, he lived to see his ideas become reality. As a result, he became even more arrogant, and while he likes to act like a self-serving bastard he was instrumental during World War II.
He is a really interesting character, dynamic and charismatic, bringing to life a fascinating character from history. He’s the type of character you love to hate, who is too smart for his own good and I loved every moment he was on screen.
Which fictional engineers would you like to see team up for a mega engineering project?
Two are already mentioned in this post; Doc Brown and Nikola Tesla from Sanctuary. I would also bring Tesla’s old companion Dr Helen Magnus who is a multi-talented woman who has the extremely handy ability to see an item once and reconstruct it from memory. Naturally, The Doctor has to be included in this dream team of engineers with all that knowledge from all time and space.
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Over To You
Thanks for joining me today to celebrate engineer’s week with today’s Seriously Geeky Sundays post. I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite fictional engineers.
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Image Credits: Doc Brown image is from Futurpedia, Egon image is from the Ghostbusters wiki, Planet image is from Unslash, Kryptonian image is from DC Database, Tesla image is from the Sanctuary Network.