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THE TERRIBLE SUBMARINE (1901): ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION

1901 SubmarineTHE TERRIBLE SUBMARINE (1901) – Written by THE Archibald Williams. The Teredo, a souped-up, futuristic submarine is roaming the high seas preying on the world’s shipping at will. The speed and weaponry of the vessel and its anonymous Captain outclass anything that anyone else has in use.

Marcus Hammersley, a young British inventor, designs and oversees the construction of the Otter, a super-submarine of his own. The Otter is outfitted with the inventor’s innovative sensor equipment – including what we would today call sonar. Hammersley believes his vessel’s engines can propel the Otter faster than the mysterious Teredo once his sensors help him locate the pirate sub.    Continue reading

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ARMATA (1817): “ANCIENT” SCIENCE FICTION

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ARMATA (1817) – Written by Thomas Erskine, this work of very early science fiction is one of the great neglected works of that genre.

Erskine tells the story in the first person and in the style of the memoirs of great explorers. He is sailing from New York City back to England when an enormous waterspout sucks his ship up in the air and deposits it on the planet of Deucalia.

Deucalia is a twin of the planet Earth and is, oddly enough, connected to our own planet at the Continue reading

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ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION: ARMATA (1817)

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

Picture courtesy of wikipedia

ARMATA (1817) – Written by Thomas Erskine, this work of very early science fiction is one of the great neglected works of that genre.

Erskine tells the story in the first person and in the style of the memoirs of great explorers. He is sailing from New York City back to England when an enormous waterspout sucks his ship up in the air and deposits it on the planet of Deucalia.

Deucalia is a twin of the planet Earth and is, oddly enough, connected to our own planet at the Continue reading

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