Robur the Conqueror
The history is built on the same set of themes as Twenty thousand miles under the seas: three American members of an aeronautical club are kidnapped by a mysterious character who makes them cross the world on board a gigantic flying machine, near of the helicopter.
Jules Verne enters with this novel the quarrel of lightest than the air against heaviest that the air, without hiding his affection for the second party.
In spite of this intention, this novel does not have the epic fiber which one can find in other science fiction novels of Jules Verne. However, the author will write a continuation: Main of the world.
Careful Uncle and Phil Evans are respectively president and secretary of the Weldon-Institute of Philadelphia, but also of enemy close friends. Weldom-Institute is a club gathering all those which could be interested in the aréostatique one, " but mad amateurs and particularly enemies of those which want to oppose to the airships the apparatuses heavier than the air". These " ballonistes" in are to be disputed the best manner of directing an airship, when a man, Robur, made irruption in the room of meeting of Weldon-Institute: it causes the fury of its members by saying that the future belongs not to the balloons, but with the flying machines. To prove its dires, it removes Prudent and Evans and embarks them on board Albatross, a flying machine worthy of the Nautilus. Robur begins a tour around the world, proving in Prudent and Evans which a flying machine driven by the electricity controls much better than a balloon.
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