The other day in class I got to thinking about where a true mad scientist might set up shop. Some of you have heard me ramble on about this before, but today I present to you an ordered list, starting from “not really mad” locations all the way to full blown insanity:
- Out on the plains: Most people start here, usually as country folk who have to make do with what they have.
- Up on the side of a mountain: Famous examples include Nikola Tesla.
- On a deserted island: Once your shop gets raided, you start to seek refuge somewhere with fewer people.
- Under the ocean: You can make your airplanes turn into submarines.
- Inside a hollow mountain: Using the hopefully-dormant volcano as a power source is an obvious choice.
- Orbiting the earth: The earth is a little crowded, let’s step outside.
- On the Moon: When orbiting the earth becomes boring, or maybe you need resources.
- Out in the solar system: Earth government can reach the moon, better move a bit farther.
- On the surface of the sun: Probably requires teleportation, likely a bit toasty.
- Inside the sun: Because they can probably still see you on the surface.
- Inside a black hole: The sun is too big and noticeable, and you can hide a (small) black hole anywhere!
- In a parallel dimension: The gravitational waves of the black hole are picked up with the Hubble telescope.
- In a fully separated dimension set: This one is probably on accident.
I’m sure examples of most of these already exist, especially in the comic book world.