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Futility, Or the Wreck of the Titan

Futility, Or the Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson
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This novel was published a full 14 years before the sinking of the Titanic, but listeners may be surprised at how many parallels this fictional tale has with subsequent true events.

The Titan is the largest and most technologically advanced steamship of her time. She is considered unsinkable. Her full speed crossings of the Northern Lane Route carry her rich passengers in the highest standards of luxury and comfort. The less well-off travel in rougher quarters but still benefit from the speed of travel. These crossings, however, are fraught with navigational hazards, the greatest of which is ice.

Unlike the ship, one member of her crew is not of the highest standard. At least, not anymore. John Rowland is a broken man who drinks to forget his past. However, when the Titan crashes into an iceberg during her attempt to break a speed record, he is forced to confront his past. Can he overcome his enemies and escape as the ship begins to sink? And can he make his way back to civilization and find self-respect once more? Adventure and soul-searching await Rowland, with a surprise ending.

Summary by Tom Weiss and Cori Samuel.

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THE WRECK OF THE TITAN

OR, FUTILITY

BY

MORGAN ROBERTSON

AUTOGRAPH EDITION PUBLISHED BY McCLURE'S MAGAZINE AND METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE

Copyright, 1898, by M. F. MANSFIELD

Copyright, 1912, by MORGAN ROBERTSON

All rights reserved

THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS RAHWAY, N. J.

CONTENTS

THE WRECK OF THE TITAN 1

THE PIRATES 70

BEYOND THE SPECTRUM 207

IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW 227

THE WRECK OF THE TITAN; OR FUTILITY

THE WRECK OF THE TITAN

CHAPTER I

She was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession, and trade known to civilization. On her bridge were officers, who, besides being the pick of the Royal Navy, had passed rigid examinations in all studies that pertained to the winds, tides, currents, and geography of the sea; they were not only seamen, but scientists. The same professional standard applied to the personnel of the engine room, and the steward's department was equal to that of a first class hotel... Continue reading book >>


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