The "man who invented the future," Jules Verne created the prototype for modern science fiction. His prophetic 1870 adventure novel, featuring a bizarre underwater craft commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, predated the submarine. Unbearably thrilling and romantic and the crowning achievement of Verne's literary career, the book influenced H. G. Wells and later generations of writers. This extraordinary voyage into the depths unknown aboard the legendary submarine Nautilus--commanded by the brilliant, tragic Captain Nemo-explores both the limitless possibilities of science and the twisted labyrinth of the human mind.
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An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention -- a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole . . .as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.
More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel, written in 1870, foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.From the Back Cover:
The definitive new translation of a timeless classic, this annotated edition of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.' Now readers of English can appreciate what Europeans and Russians have known for more than a century. Jules Verne is a savvy storyteller meant for adult consumption. Yet his sense of wonder appeals to all ages.
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