Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) was a writer out of his time. He, just like other geniuses of the time, saw what was coming. In his novel, The Mysterious Island (1874), Verne writes about submarines, diving suits, laser weapons, electricity and atomic energy. Jules Verne is and will be one of my favorite writers. My favorite novel,” The Mysterious Island”, which is more than a thousand pages, connects the reader from the beginning to the end.
I especially like all the technology involved in this novel and how Verne was able to describe it, even though it was almost nonexistent. The novel starts in the American Civil War, and the plot has three men and a boy in a Confederate concentration camp trying to escape. They find a balloon tied just outside their prison and during a fierce battle against their captors they escape out in a stormy night. Then, the real odyssey begins as they end up in a desolated Island, and soon find out that it encloses a real mystery.
This novel was one of the first science fiction novels of its time and thanks to novels like this one, we have our actual science. Electrical power was not fully used until the end of the 1800s, and the nuclear submarines were not fully developed until the end of World War II. Therefore, this novel is one of the novels out of its time. Some people even venture to say that Verne was a time traveler trapped in the 1800s.
Needless to say, Verne is considered to be, among other writers, the father of science fiction. In the Mysterious Island, characters communicate with underwater cell phones; they use electrical fields, travel in a submarine which runs with some kind of atomic energy which produces electricity, and use underwater passages to go from one side of the world to the other.
The underwater passages that Verne mentions in his novel are a very interesting theory because it is said that some whales use some kind of underwater tunnels to travel from one side of the ocean to the other. Lately, scientists have tagged whales to see the distance traveled in a year or months and have discovered that some whales have traveled a considerable distance in such a small amount of time. In his novel, Verne mentions a type of underwater passages which the Nautilus uses to travel long distances in less time. Imagine if we could use such underwater routes, we would be able to save energy, time and money.
If you really like science fiction, don’t hesitate to read this book. Also, if you like this one, I recommend you to read, the first part, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” one of his novels from the 1870s. You will meet captain Nemo and his indestructible Nautilus. Don’t think about it and read a novel which applies to our present but which was actually written for an audience living in the 1800s.