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20,000 Leagues Under the Seas: A World Tour Underwater by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking at the world's first international vendetta.

When an unidentified “monster” threatens foreign delivery, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil subscribe to an excursion equipped by way of the USA military to seek down and spoil the risk. After months of fruitless looking, they eventually grapple with their quarry, yet Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard within the assault, simply to discover that the “monster” is absolutely a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded via a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally implementing guy who calls himself Captain Nemo. therefore starts a trip of 20,000 leagues—nearly 50,000 miles—that will take Captain Nemo, his staff, and those 3 adventurers on a trip of discovery via undersea forests, coral graveyards, miles-deep trenches, or even the sunken ruins of Atlantis. Jules Verne’s novel of undersea exploration has been fascinating readers ever when you consider that its first book in 1870, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly, scientifically meticulous translation of this visionary technological know-how fiction vintage is whole and unabridged all the way down to the smallest major detail.

Jules Verne was once born in 1828 right into a French lawyering relations within the Atlantic coastal urban of Nantes. although his father despatched him off to a Paris legislation university, younger Jules have been writing at the facet in view that his early children, and his puppy themes have been the theater, shuttle, and technological know-how. Predictably sufficient, his criminal reviews led nowhere, so Verne took an afternoon activity with a inventory brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies whereas additionally publishing brief tales and novelettes of clinical exploration and adventure.

His giant step forward got here while he mixed his theatrical knack together with his medical bent and in 1863 released an African event yarn, 5 Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until eventually his dying in 1905, Jules Verne used to be one of many planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing greater than sixty books. different creative favorites via him contain The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s hundreds of thousands, grasp of the realm, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks one of the 5 such a lot translated authors in heritage, besides Mark Twain and the Bible.

Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and novice paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vp from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media courses, articles, reports, and papers on elements of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, together with striking trips: 5 Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, either additionally released by way of SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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1972), reprinted (New York: Arno Press, 1980) is part memoir, part analytical history by one of the great Air Force planners; the study covers prewar events as well as planning and strategic operations in the war against Germany. 25 LITERATURE One very significant study of the military aircraft procurement process is I. B. Holley. But'ing Aircraft: Materiel Procurementfor the Artny Air Forces (United States Army in World War II, Special Studies) (Washington: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, 1964).

Aside from Jackson's Time-Life book mentioned earlier, 21 LITERATURE a useful single-volume treatment is Donald B. Holmes, Airmai: An Illustrated History, 1793-1981 (New York: Clarkson & Potter, 1981), which is heavily illustrated and of special value to anyone interested in philately. S. Air Mail (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1964). Harold Mansfield's, Vision: A Saga of the Sky (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1956) amply chronicles the early history of Boeing, developers of the first "modern" transport-the Model 247 of 1933.

Test flying and flight research have often been the subject of misinterpretation and sensationalism. Only two books have been written that attempt to analyze the role of test pilots and their contributions to aerospace development: the previously cited Testing Time by Constance BabingtonSmith, and Richard P. : Doubleday & Co, 1981). In addition, an institutional history of a NASA Research Center, Richard P: Hallion's, On the Frontier: FlightResearchatDryden 1946-1981 (Washington: NASA, 1984) reveals the complexity of making technological choices.

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