Gor versus earth - Part 23

  • Tal dear reader,

    In the 23rd edition of "Gor versus earth", I will go deeper into the matter of the light bulb.

    On earth ...in 1878, Thomas Edison began serious research into developing a practical incandescent lamp and on October 14, 1878, Edison filed his first patent application for "Improvement In Electric Lights". However, he continued to test several types of material for metal filaments to improve upon his original design and by Nov 4, 1879, he filed another U.S. patent for an electric lamp using "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected ... to platinum contact wires."

    Although the patent described several ways of creating the carbon filament including using "cotton and linen thread, wood splints, papers coiled in various ways," it was not until several months after the patent was granted that Edison and his team discovered that a carbonized bamboo filament could last over 1200 hours.

    This discovery marked the beginning of commercially manufactured light bulbs and in 1880, Thomas Edison’s company, Edison Electric Light Company began marketing its new product.

    The electric light, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was not “invented” in the traditional sense in 1879 by Thomas Alva Edison, although he could be said to have created the first commercially practical incandescent light. He was neither the first nor the only person trying to invent the incandescent light bulb. In fact, some historians claim there were over 20 inventors of incandescent lamps prior to Edison’s version. However, Edison is often credited with the invention because his version was able to outstrip the earlier versions because of a combination of three factors: an effective incandescent material, a higher vacuum than others were able to achieve and a high resistance that made power distribution from a centralized source economically viable.(source: bulbs.com)

    On Gor, we have energy bulbs (also called energy lamps),  not the light bulb, as we know them on earth, but a self-contained energy unit that can produce light for years; used to illuminate hallways, corridors, etc., invented by the Caste of Builders.

    Few Goreans can afford to have them in their homes though. 

    "Inside, the tunnel, though dim, was not altogether dark, being lit by domelike, wire-protected energy bulbs, spaced in pairs every hundred yards or so. These bulbs, invented more than a century ago by the Caste of Builders, produce a clear, soft light for years without replacement."

    Tarnsman of Gor, page 197.

    "The room was innocent of the energy bulbs of the Caste of Builders. In the walls were torch racks, there were now no torches." 

    Assassin of Gor, page 39.

    "Of special interest to me was the fact that this room, primitive though it might be, was lit by what, in Gorean, is called an energy bulb, and invention of the Builders. I could see neither cords nor battery cases. Yet the room was filled with a soft, gentle, white light, which the physician could regulate by rotating the base of the bulb." 

    Captive of Gor, page 93.

    "Saphrar was a rich man indeed to have energy bulbs in his home; few Goreans can afford such a luxury; and, indeed, few cares to, for Goreans, for some reason, are fond of the light of flame, lamps and torches and such; flames must be made, tended, watched; they are more beautiful, more alive."

    Nomads of Gor, pages 203-204.

    "… then we would be walking deeper within the cylinder, down broad, carpeted, tapestried halls, set with energy lamps, seldom found in the homes of private citizens, emitting a soft glowing light…"

    Assassin of Gor, page 392.

    Few care for them anyway as Goreans prefer the light of flame, lamps, and torches. Especially when we consider the "Lamp of Love" wink

    When a master wishes to make sexual use of his slave girl, he tells her to light the lamp of love, and place it in the window. This sends the message that he wishes not to be disturbed.

    "When a master wishes to make use of a slave girl he tells her to light the lamp of love which she obediently does, placing it in the window of his chamber that they may not be disturbed. Then with his own hand he throws upon the stone floor of his chamber luxurious love furs, perhaps from the larl itself, and commands her to them." 

    Priest-Kings of Gor, page 68.

    "Light the lamp of love," I said. She looked up at me, gratefully, but saw then my eyes. Her test was not yet done. Trembling she fumbled with the flint and steel, to strike sparks into the moss bowl, whence by means of a Ka-la-na shaving the lamp might be lit. I myself threw down, in one corner, near a slave ring, the Furs of Love. 

    Raiders of Gor, page 117.

    I wish you well,


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