“The Los Amigos Fiasco” (1892)

Arthur Conan Doyle (writer).

Read in 2017.

Western US officials attempt to execute a criminal with an unprecedented 12 kV.

Doyle doesn’t get the terminology right, confusing charge and potential difference etc. He also fails to infer the consequences of his premiss: nobody talks about using the method “discovered” here medicinally. A science fiction version would be called “The Los Amigos Triumph”.

References here: Back to the Future Part III (1990).

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