Nikola Tesla, inventor and engineer, has appeared in popular culture as a character in books, films, comics and video games. The lack of recognition received by Tesla during his own lifetime has made him a tragic and inspirational character well suited to dramatic fiction. Tesla has particularly been seen in science fiction where his inventions are well suited. The impact of the technologies invented by Nikola Tesla are a recurring theme in the steampunkgenre of alternate technologyscience-fiction.
Tesla's achievements and personality have inspired many authors to include him as character in their works or create characters inspired by him.
Tesla is one of the main characters in the 2010 novel ("Man Who Killed Tesla") written by the acclaimed Serbian author of SF and Horror . In this mixture of alternative history/steampunk and SF, Tesla is a version of Bill Gates for the early 1920s, living and working in Belgrade in a world that has not yet known WW1. Many famous period true-life characters appear as well - Buffalo Bill, Mata Hari, Henry Ford - in this fast-paced thriller with Tesla that might have been. The novel is available only in Serbian, published by .
To Mars With Tesla; or, the Mystery of the Hidden World by J. Weldon Cobb (1901) is an adventure where Tesla, aided by Young Edison (Thomas Edison's fictional nephew) and a couple of scientists, has a number of encounters with Martians.