Translator's Preface Part I 1. A Runaway Reef 2. The Pros and Cons 3. As Master Wishes 4. Ned Land 5. At Random 6. At Full Steam 7. A Whale of Unknown Species 8. Mobilis in Mobil 9. Ned Land's Temper 10. The Man of the Waters 11. The Nautilus 12. E ntirely by Electricity 13. A Few Figures 14. The Black Tide 15. An Invitation in Writing 16. Strolling the Plains 17. An Underwater Forest 18. 4,000 Leagues Under the Pacific 19. Vanikoro 20. Torres Strait 21. A Few Days Ashore 22. Captain Nemo's Lightning Bolts 23. Aegri Somnia 24. The Coral Realm Part II 25. The Indian Ocean 26. A New Proposition from Captain Nemo 27. A Pearl Worth $2,000,000 28. The Red Sea 29. Arabian Tunnel 30. The Greek Isles 31. The Mediterranean in Forty-Eight Hours 32. Vigo Bay 33. A Lost Continent 34. The Underwater Coalfields 35. The Sargasso Sea 36. Sperm Whales and Right Whales 37. The Ice Barrier 38. The South Pole 39. Accident or Incident? 40. Shortage of Air 41. From Cape Horn to the Amazon 42. The Devilfish 43. The Gulf Stream 44. In Latitude 47 24' and Longitude 17 28' 45. A Mass Execution 46. Captain Nemo's Last Words 47. Conclusion Textual Notes Recommended Reading
Jules Verne was born in 1828 into a French lawyering family in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes. Though his father sent him off to a Paris law school, young Jules had been writing on the side since his early teens, and his pet topics were the theater, travel, and science. Predictably enough, his legal studies led nowhere, so Verne took a day job with a stock brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies while also publishing short stories and novelettes of scientific exploration and adventure. His big breakthrough came when he combined his theatrical knack with his scientific bent and in 1863 published an African adventure yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until his death in 1905, Jules Verne was one of the planet's best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing more than sixty books. Other imaginative favorites by him include The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum's Millions, Master of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks among the five most translated authors in history, along with Mark Twain and the Bible. Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and amateur paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vice president from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media programs, articles, reviews, and papers on aspects of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, including Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, both also published by SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.