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The ships were even roughly the same size — feet long for the Titan , feet nine inches for the Titanic — and hit their icebergs at roughly the same speed on the starboard side.

The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility

After the disaster, a publisher reissued Futility , which was given the sexier name Wreck of the Titan. A few changes were made to the manuscript, but they were only to make the Titan faster and more powerful than the Titanic ; the uncanny similarities were apparently present in the original manuscript. Robertson, however, never saw much money from his dubious fame, and died in of an overdose of protiodide. For decades, Futility has been held up as proof of psychic abilities, with people insisting that these coincidences could only be explained by precognitive powers.

And Robertson isn't the only one said to have had psychic warnings of the disaster. William T. Stead, an English journalist with a keen interest in spiritualism, also published some allegedly predictive writings about the Titanic , including an story about a ship that rescues passengers of a ship that collided with an iceberg.

Stead was actually a passenger on the Titanic , and after his death in that disaster, numerous paranormal claims about the ship were connected to him. But what did Robertson himself think about his prescient story? For all the times that Futility is referenced in books about the Titanic and anthologies of curious coincidences, remarkably little is written about Robertson.

We can deduce, however, that he probably believed or at the very least claimed to believe that his book was the result of a psychic vision. In Morgan Robertson, the Man , a collection of essays about Robertson's life — essays that surprisingly do not reference Futility — acquaintance after acquaintance describes Robertson's intense belief in psychic phenomena.

In fact, he did not believe that his writings were his own; he claimed that some "disincarnate spirit" was using him as its instrument, providing the inspirations for his works. It's quite likely that this man, who believed in telepathy and wondered about the parapsychological benefits of hypnosis, believed that his invisible muse had sent him a vision of the future.

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Robertson is a rather curious figure. He and many of his friends claimed that he was the inventor of the periscope, even though the US Navy had periscopes in use for years before his alleged invention. His novella Primordial is thought to have been an influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs. And he may well be the only person who got into writing because he thought he could earn easy money at it. Robertson may well have been prescient, but it's likely his prescience was mundane — and much more impressive — in nature. Robertson was the son of a ship captain, and Robertson himself was a sailor for 10 years.

He was intensely familiar with the construction of ships. In fact, he got into the writing business after reading a short story by Rudyard Kipling, and was disappointed by Kipling's occasional errors in naming the parts of a ship. It's likely that Robertson, like the science fiction writers who followed him, simply followed current trends in the shipbuilding business and predicted that a luxury liner like the Titan was likely to come about someday.

He might have also known that icebergs were a grossly underestimated hazard, and it may have well been his own sailing experiences that placed his deadly iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. Futility was a warning that even these grand achievements of human engineering were susceptible to disaster. That he was so right is a tribute to his foresight — and the lack of foresight regarding the Titanic.

While the Titanic was Robertson's most accurate science fictional prediction, it was not his only one. It seems likely that Robertson was actually a keen observer of technological trends, even though his name is more commonly linked with the paranormal.

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Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This book narrates a story very very similar to the sinking of the TITANIC; the surprising thing is that this book was published late 's about 20 years before the sinking of the Titanic. Is is a good display of marine technology and operations, insurance procedures, safety and rescue operations effective during the late 's. I liked the book mostly due to the learning opportunity and the coincidental events when the unsinkable "TITAN" of the book hits an iceberg Even though this was written before the Titanic sank it is incredible and uncanny how Robertson got so many of the details right.

This is an enjoyable read and a fast one. The story was written in and follows the adventures of the main character, John Rowland, who lands up on the great and doomed ship "The Titan". Many eerily similarities to the events of another doomed ship with a similar name Titanic. It is only 81 pages and once I got into the story, I couldn't put the book down. I had to see what would happen next.

I recommend that you do not read the "Foward" by Sam Leith until after you read the story as it gives away a few things I would rather read in the story itself. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I bought this book to read for a school project concerning the coincidences between this book which was written well before the Titanic sunk and the sinking of the Titanic.

It's fascinating and a must-read! This book was poorly written. The description of the storyline was not what I expected. Written years before the loss of the Titanic.


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Nice storyline, well written, quick read. Would recommend to others. Good story. Very good book. Love the people in book.

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