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The Undersea Warship: A Fantastic Tale of Island Adventure by Oshikawa Shunro

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Pirates! Shipwreck! Hunger! Wild Animal Attacks! After pirates sink a steamship on route from Italy to Japan, a young boy and a young man land on a not-so-desert island in the Indian Ocean. When electric lights and submarines were high-tech, Oshikawa Shunro, a father of Japanese science fiction, wrote this tale that would be the inspiration for the Japanese science fiction ...more
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Smashwords
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Nick
most of why this book is interesting has to do with the political and historical context of when it was written. this is a strongly nationalistic book written in the very early 1900s. its about a Japanese naval officer who goes off to a random island in the Indian Ocean to construct a superweapon, a massive advanced submarine. but he creates several other cool inventions as well, like a weird armored car which can travel through the mountainous jungle terrain. all the characters in it have a cam ...more
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As a big fan of the movie Atragon (1963), I've been wanting to read the source material for that movie's script for a long time. I'm very excited that someone has taken the time to translate this into English.

I love the high adventure style of this book. Its style in both content and writing bring back feelings of a bygone era for me. I appreciate that Marshall's translation preserves this feel.

I appreciate the amount of adventure that manages to be backed into a small space, and I definitely en
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Shunrō Oshikawa was a Japanese author, journalist and editor, best known as a pioneer of science fiction. Like other early science fiction writers of the period, he was influenced by the stories of Jules Verne, whose technological adventure novels had become popular in translation in the rapidly modernising Meiji era Japan. Specifically, the speculative conception of submarine warfare, based on ra ...more

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