By Jules Verne
An American frigate, monitoring down a ship-sinking monster, faces now not a residing creature yet an enormous invention -- a wonderful submarine commanded via 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 complicated 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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Alas, how strong a family likeness runs through blind and persecuting humanity in all Dimensions! '"  On this point the defence of the Square seems to me to be impregnable. I wish I could say that his answer to the second (or moral) objection was equally clear and cogent. It has been objected that he is a woman-hater; and as this objection has been vehemently urged by those whom Nature's decree has constituted the somewhat larger half of the Spaceland race, I should like to remove it, so far as I can honestly do so.
Is an Irregular to be exempted from the militia? And if not, how is he to be prevented from carrying desolation into the ranks of his comrades? Again, what irresistible temptations to fraudulent impostures must needs beset such a creature! How easy for him to enter a shop with his polygonal front foremost, and to order goods to any extent from a confiding tradesman! Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be—a hypocrite, a misanthropist, and, up to the limits of his power, a perpetrator of all manner of mischief.
For, although they can inflict instantaneous death by a retrograde movement, yet unless they can at once disengage their stinging extremity from the struggling body of their victim, their own frail bodies are liable to be shattered. The power of Fashion is also on our side. I pointed out that in some less civilized States no female is suffered to stand in any public place without swaying her back from right to left. This practice has been universal among ladies of any pretensions to breeding in all well-governed States, as far back as the memory of Figures can reach.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne