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Futility or The Wreck of the Titan

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Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan is a novel which was originally written and published in 1898 by Morgan Robertson. This novel is the story of an ocean liner, called the Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic ocean after hitting an iceberg. There are many similarities between this novel and the facts in the sinking of the Titanic fourteen years later. Morgan Robertson ...more
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Adam Smith Prophetic vision? Global conspiracy? Time travel? Nobody knows.
The most likely answer (in my opinion) is astounding coincidence. Coincidences are a…more
Prophetic vision? Global conspiracy? Time travel? Nobody knows.
The most likely answer (in my opinion) is astounding coincidence. Coincidences are a lot more common than they'd appear. This one just happens to line up to an eerie degree. If it weren't for the bizarre string of coincidences that doomed the Titanic, this book would have largely been forgotten.(less)
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Carien
Apr 13, 2012 Carien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been interested in the Titanic for as long as I can remember I had often heard of this story and the uncanny similarities between the Titan and the Titanic. It was only recently that I actually got hold of this book and read it though.

And let me say that I think it's almost a shame that this story will forever be linked to the sinking of the Titanic instead of being known for it's own merits. Because this is a very entertaining story.

So there are a few similarities between the Titan and t
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Kübra Yağmur
Apr 15, 2017 Kübra Yağmur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanrı'nın bile batıramayacağı gemi sloganıyla yola çıkan RMS Titanic 15 Nisan 1912'de, Kuzey Atlantik'te, gemi saatiyle 23.29'da buz dağına çarparak batmasına kadar giden facianın ilk adımı atıldı.
Kayıpların hepsi ihmalkârlık -bknz: gemiye yerleştirilmiş filika sayısı- nedeniyle verildiği için komplo severlerin eline bol malzeme veren bir olaydır. Evet, ben de onlardan biriyim o yüzden bol bol bunları okudum.

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Kitap ise bu olaylardan 14 yıl önce yazılmış olup hayret verici benzerliklere yer verir.
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Anjalique
In this review I will discuss two things: 1) The story of the Titan as it relates to the wreck of the Titanic and 2) This 1994 reprint, and the author's actual writing skill, on their own merits.

1) Yes, this book was added to my "Titanic" bookshelf collection because of the similarities between the fictional and actual wrecks. I've done a bit of reading online about the original 1898 edition, and from what I gather, the following changes were made to most subsequent printings (beginning in the y
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Alexandria Brim
It's the story of the grandest ocean liner to sail the Atlantic. She sails fast through the cold water on her maiden voyage. On a clear night, she ends up hitting an iceberg and sinking. Only a few people make it to the lifeboats and there is a great loss of life.

Sound familiar? The story was published in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic sailed (and sank). After the Titanic disaster, this story was added to all those "spooky coincidences" list. But when you read the story, it's not an ex
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Adam Smith
When disenfranchised atheist, John Rowland, takes a job as a sailor on the largest steamship ever constructed, the unsinkable Titan, all he cares about is getting a whiskey at the end of the day, but when the massive Titan sinks another ship and the captain demands his silence, Rowland elects to do what's right and speak out as soon as the ship reaches land. Irritated at his refusal, the captain and his officers turn their attention to discrediting Rowland only for the Titan collide with an iceb ...more
Graceann
Nov 04, 2009 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Titanic enthusiasts
Shelves: suspense
Written in 1898, The Wreck of the Titan (or "Futility," as it was originally published) contains some creepy similarities to what happened in April 1912. The Titan is described as the largest ship created, and unsinkable. She has watertight compartments and only enough lifeboats to satisfy the law, but of course they won't be needed because nothing can sink this vessel.

The book is very much a product of the Victorian era, from language to scenario. The publisher's foreword and introduction were
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Joni Hartman
Sep 01, 2013 Joni Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard of this book for many years, since my oldest daughter became interested in the Titanic as a child. It was written in 1898, but only recently published in 1997 for the general public. It is an eerily similar story to the story of the Titanic, many say prophetic. That said, I was a little disappointed to realize that the main story did not really have to do with a shipwreck. I don't want to spoil the book for others who many be curious about it, but suffice it to say that there is a V ...more
Ken Doggett
The book, written around the turn of the 20th century, contains four short stories, all having to do with ocean-going ships. The writer seemed to be an expert on naval jargon and procedures, and his descriptions do give you a good idea of how the Navy might have functioned at the time. The writer's talents, however, were not at all on a par with at least one other leading Science Fiction writer of the time, namely H.G. Wells. As many readers already know, a couple of these stories seem to eerily ...more
Lillian
Dec 16, 2013 Lillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan Robertson predicted how the Titanic would be built and how it would sink way before the planning of it's building. The size, the reputation, the voyages, the hitting of the iceburg, the witness' account and all the details are almost exactly the same. He even called the ship in his story the Titan. The ship that was said to be "unsinkable" and the sinking of it. It's incredible!
Anabelee
Oct 21, 2012 Anabelee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: club-lectura
Novela de aventuras clásica, muy en la onda de Verne. Se lee con la curiosidad que provoca el hecho de que haya sido escrita pocos años del hundimiento de otro Titán, pero en este caso real, el Titanic.
Posee una cierta cualidad moralizante, pues el protagonista se ve impelido por las circunstancias a volver a creer y reconducir su vida. Da la sensación de haber sido escrita apresuradamente.
Kerry-Anne Gilowey
I learnt that it's terribly rewarding to read short books. Because I actually finish them.

I've always been fascinated by the Titanic story (since long before Jack and Rose became a thing), and I'd been meaning to read this for years. It was cute, but rather underwhelming - which might explain why it only became popular after the Titanic sank.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 27, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fictional tale about the tragedy of a mighty ship which the builders claimed would be unsinkable and indestructable. The vessel described was quite similar to the real life Titanic and so were the circumstances surrounding its design and demise... It must be noted that this novel was written about 14 years prior to the actual Titanic disaster...
los mundos de blue ladys blue
Simplemente maravilloso, este libro es de lo más adorable y genial del mundo, la manera en la que te enseña que todo el mundo puede arrepentirse,Cambiar y conseguir lo que quiere en la vida es majestuosa
Jay
Dec 22, 2014 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short story with amazing similarities to the story of the Titanic...except that it was written in 1898...well before the famous event.
Dina Strange
Feb 09, 2015 Dina Strange rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried...where can i find such a man?
Solitarius Lupus
This book can be read in a couple of hours and is interesting primarily for the parallels between the ocean liner in the book and the TITANIC disaster.
Brendan
The Wreck of the Titan sounds like a derivative story. Here are a couple excerpts of the first chapter that highlight the similarities between the ship in the book and the Titanic:

"She was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession, and trade known to civilization....

"From the bridge, engine-room, and a dozen places on her deck the ninety-two doors of nineteen water-tight compartments could be close
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Marcos Tavares
Quem já procurou informações sobre a história do naufrágio do Titanic, provavelmente já se deparou com esse livro. Para quem não sabe, o navio que deu nome ao filme homônimo dirigido por James Cameron realmente existiu e veio a naufragar em sua viagem inaugural em 1912. A história da construção do navio e de seu destino foram contados de forma fidedigna no filme. Porém o que muitas pessoas não sabem é que, 14 anos antes, um autor escreveu uma história extremamente semelhante sobre um navio que s ...more
Dick Baldwin
Jul 24, 2008 Dick Baldwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dick by: John Newland
Shelves: fiction, male-authors
People have made a case over the prophetic aspects of this book, and it is true that there are some coincidences relating the fictional Titan to the real life Titanic. But a careful look at the time in which this was published originally in 1898 and reissued after the disaster in 1912 shows that Morgan Robertson's book was merely the result of well-researched fiction. Iceberg sinkings were not uncommon, and it was no stretch to envision the largest ship ever built and then add the plus value of ...more
Sammi
Feb 23, 2012 Sammi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected, but a great story. Full review coming soon.."Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson was not at all what I expected it to be. I had seen references to the story many times in other books about the RMS Titanic. It is speculated that "Futility" acts as a sort of prophecy that predicted the sinking of the Titanic. It was written a few years prior, and the fictional ship the Titan and the real Titanic have many similarities. One being that both ships were brande ...more
AnnMarie
May 19, 2014 AnnMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wreck of The Titan - eerie Titanic Warning! I read this a week ago and loved the book! I meant to read this for a long time, but it wasn't til recently I was able to through kindle app. They have a free copy there. Different cover. 
 
This book was written before 1900 and over a decade before the titanic disaster. I was blown away by the first chapter! Its very eerie reading the book and thinking what happened yrs later to another ship under similar name and under similar circumstances! When s
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Fer
Jul 12, 2013 Fer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fora da sua curiosidade como surpreendente precedente da tragédia do Titanic — e nom só nas qualidades "infundíveis" dos paquebotes, mas na irresponsabilidade dos armadores, as asseguradoras, etc — é umha novela que serve como exemplo perfeito da literatura de finais do XIX. Suficientemente bem escrita como para que a força da tensom narrativa nom caia sobre o próprio acidente do barco, mas na negociaçom com as companhias asseguradoras e que isso nom signifique um demérito para o leitor. Escrita ...more
R.A. Graves
It wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but in all honesty, I enjoyed the read, and I didn't expect to. I had heard negative reviews of the book, and now I can't even remember where. Thankfully it didn't taint my overall impression as I read.

One area where I do feel negatively is the language; the book is well over a hundred years old and I was expecting confusing terms and phrases- there was some of that, but there was something else about the language and I can't decide if it was poor voice and struc
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Warris
Jun 23, 2014 Warris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. It tells everything that happened to titanic but the coincidence in this book was that this book was published 14 years before the real titanic sank. Its every detail is the same thing that happened to the titanic. in the book the titan (the ship) was called unsinkable so was the titanic.they both were British owned vessels around 800 feet long and they both hit an iceberg and sank.In the book the titan sank at midnight on April 15 1997 400 miles from Newfoundland the ti ...more
Jens Mittelbach

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Nyna
Apr 19, 2015 Nyna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a novel written fourteen years before the wreck of the Titanic. This novel is not about the sinking of a similarly-named ship, the Titan. There are, however, some uncanny parallels, including its purported unsinkability, the striking of an iceberg, the inability to turn fast enough to avoid disaster, the lack of adequate lifeboats, the size of the ships, the route and time of year, and the compartmentalized hulls. Couched in a Victorian-style story of a survivor of the wreck, I believe t ...more
A.J.
Mar 21, 2013 A.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first learned about this book back in grade school when studying history and the wreck of the Titanic. I was told how this book eerily predicted the wreck of the Titanic 14 years earlier than the actual sinking of the Titanic (published in 1898?). When I started reading, I was surprised by how quickly it jumped to the liner's collision with an iceberg. Only thing different between the Titan and the Titanic was that the Titan blindly smashed a smaller ship through a fog then hit the iceberg a d ...more
Sylvia
Jan 04, 2016 Sylvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sinopsis:
La historia trata sobre el transatlántico Titán y su hundimiento, el cual guarda muchas similitudes con el transatlántico Titanic, que se hundiría catorce años después. "En 1898 un palacio flotante zarpó desde Southhampton para cruzar el Atlántico. Era el crucero más grande y lujoso jamás construido, y sus pasajeros eran los mas distinguidos miembros de la burguesía mundial. Era descrito como inundible, pero estaba destinado a nunca alcanzar su destino: el casco sería abierto por un ice
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Virginia Luna
Leí este libro solo por la curiosidad de ver sus similitudes con el naufragio del Titanic (estoy segura que eso nos ha pasado a todos los que lo hemos leído actualmente), pero no llenó mis expectativas.
Considero que este libro tiene una narrativa muy superficial, como de escritores principiantes, que no permite que uno logre compenetrarse con los personajes.
Además me recordó demasiado a otro libro sobre náufragos (Robinson Crusoe) donde todo encajaba mágicamente a la conveniencia del protagoni
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Jeff
Aug 15, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on CD. The actual novella was very good and it was interesting that there were some details very similar to the Titanic that sank 14 (I think)years later. The story, though, was not so much about the ship as it was about surviving the wreck.
The remainder of the audiobook consisted of memoirs of the author by himself and by some of his acquaintances. This was interesting to listen to as it was biographical and about the "writing life". Hardships as well as successes were d
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