20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

An American frigate, monitoring down a ship-sinking monster, faces no longer a dwelling creature yet a major invention -- an attractive submarine commanded through the mysterious Captain Nemo.  Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves simply 3 survivors, who locate themselves prisoners within Nemo's dying send on an underwater odyssey around the globe from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy risks of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of many maximum villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.

More than a marvelously exciting drama, this vintage novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the innovations and complex expertise of the 20 th century and has turn into a literary stepping-stone for generations of technological know-how fiction writers.

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One especially does not need an unwieldy, totally immobile mass of wires and coils spreading over twenty-five square yards. Few people bothered to return for a second helping, but one girl in her middle teens sat quietly on a bench waiting for a third. She was the only one in the room when Gloria entered. Gloria did not look at her. To her at the moment, another human being was but an inconsiderable item. She saved her attention for this large thing with the wheels. For a moment, she hesitated in dismay.

Beautiful or not, a look at the sunlight through straight glass would have blinded them inside of half a minute. Donovan was looking at the spring thermometer on his wrist. ” Powell checked his own and said: “Um-m-m. A little high. ” “On Mercury? ” “Mercury isn’t really airless,” explained Powell, in absentminded fashion. He was adjusting the binocular attachments to his visiplate, and the bloated fingers of the insosuit were clumsy at it. You know: selenium, iodine, mercury, gallium, potassium, bismuth, volatile oxides.

The two steered their robots into the sunlight and toward the waiting Speedy in silence and with grim purpose. qxd 2/2/04 10:59 AM Page 41 I, ROBOT 41 Speedy galloped slowly toward them. “Here we are again. Whee! ” “We’ll puff something in your face,” muttered Donovan. ” “I noticed that,” came the low, worried response. ” They were approaching cautiously now, almost sidling, to refrain from setting off the thoroughly irrational robot. Powell was too far off to tell, of course, but already even he could have sworn the crack-brained Speedy was setting himself for a spring.

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