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In my mind, I have this huge Dieselpunk world where you have gangsters, zeppelins, heroes, and of course...MAD SCIENTISTS!  But I haven't seen or heard anything of such recently.  Dr. Horrible was able to bring them back in a small way, but I haven't seeen or heard of any evil geniuses other than him.  Are they dead?  Is there any way to bring them back?

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Very much alive ;) And his Army continues to grow.

All hail Dr. Steel!
Okay, I didn't think about Dr. Steel, lol I'm thinking about starting my own evil genius. Dr. Malevolent sounds good, right? =P

Jonny B. Goode said:

Very much alive ;) And his Army continues to grow.

All hail Dr. Steel!
I wouldn't call myself "mad." Just a little angry or possibly discontent.
Ditto here. I'm more the "vaguely annoyed" variety. I'm more of a mad artist anyway...

Tome Wilson said:
I wouldn't call myself "mad." Just a little angry or possibly discontent.

Mad science speaks to a fear of the changes wrought on society by scientific discovery. As a culture, we're not so scared of that anymore. It's more the social sciences that seem to be triggering the fear and paranoia--multiculturalism, plural societies, differing value systems, etc. seem to be bringing out the fear in people. We have come to trust in science...maybe too much over nature. The only thing we don't do for science anymore is fund it enough (it takes a lot of capital to attend those "evil laughter" courses).

Oh, they're still there.They're just hiding. Watching...waiting...and I prefer "harmless maniac.

evil geniuses never die, they just get more devious
Maybe that's what Patton really meant to say. :)

Quicksilver said:
evil geniuses never die, they just get more devious
The thing about mad scientists these days is that they're not independent guys working from lighthouse laboratories -- they're part of whole mad R&D departments in fully-funded corporate environments. 100 years ago, a mad scientist had to develop a zombie virus by himself, pour it into the river and hope the farming villages downstream would suffer the consequences. Nowadays an international team can develop the same virus, market it as a wrinkle cream, lobby for the FDA to lower their testing standards and infect the whole hemisphere in three days. Indie guys just don't stand a chance anymore, such a shame.
I agree completely JR
Well, in my novel, I have a character and Nikola Tesla pursuing a path of "Mad Scientistry." They even attempt to get Einstein to join them. :P


Yes, it was Dugout Doug.  It's unfortunate that he didn't fade away much sooner than he did...

Kimmel was drummed out of the Navy because of Pearl Harbor but MacArthur was far more culpable in the fall of the Philippines than Kimmel was for Pearl.  

Not to mention his reprehensible brutality against the "Bonus Army."  And of course he should've been court martialed for his actions in Korea.


CaptainTangoPunk said:

It was Gen.MacArthur, not Gen. Patton who said "old soldiers never die, they just fade away"

at the end of his farewell speech to Congress in 1951  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bgz7xSUrE

Larry said:

Maybe that's what Patton really meant to say. :)

Quicksilver said:
evil geniuses never die, they just get more devious

Today it is hard to create the classic Mad Scientist.  As mentioned above, most worked alone and not as part of an R&D complex.  Today's science needs too much money to go it alone.  Most importantly we do not scoff at scientists with weird ideas any more.  The classic Mad Scientist had to be made a laughing stock before his peers to motivate them to revenge  "I'll show them, I'll show them all!"   Today, scientists with bizarre ideas get all the best interviewers, lots of air time and probably grant money.  Last year there was over $430,000.00 given to individuals searching for Atlantis, researching Free Energy and detection methods for ghosts.  You should see some of the scientific crowd sourcing projects.  They just had the Ig-Nobell Awards giving praise to ridiculous science.  It seems at present there is nothing to make crackpot scientists go mad. 

So do the world a favor and belittle your local scientific boffin and nudge him/her to the edge of sanity.

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