242. MASTER OF THE WORLD . JULES VERNE
MASTER OF THE WORLD
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Master of the World published in 1904, is one of the last novels by French pioneer science fiction writer, Jules Verne. It is a sequel to ‘Robur the Conqueror’.
Set in the summer of 1903, a series of unexplained events occur across the Eastern United States, caused by objects moving with such great speed that they are nearly invisible. The first-person narrator John Strock, ‘Head inspector in the federal police department’ in Washington, DC, travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to investigate. He discovers that all the phenomena are being caused by Robur, a brilliant inventor…
Robur has perfected a new machine, which he has dubbed the ‘Terror’ !…. It is ten-meter long vehicle, capable of operating as a speedboat, submarine, automobile, or aircraft. It can travel at the (then) unheard of speed of 150 miles per hour on land and at more than 200 mph when flying…..