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Futility quotes Futility , litcharts Futility , symbolism Futility , summary shmoop Futility , Futility 27d50827 Futility, Or The Wreck Of The Titan Is A Novel Which Was Originally Writtena Nd Published In 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 Revisited His Work In After The Sinking Of The Titanic And Made The Ship Larger As Well As Changing The Ending Of The Story


10 thoughts on “Futility

  1. says:

    This is a work of fiction I say that because it has an eerie similarity to the story of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 But this story was written in 1898, 14 years before the real disaster Similarities like the name, Titan 3,000 people on board, not enough lifeboats, traveling to fast for the conditions, striking an iceberg It s almost like Robertson took a peek into the future and gave them a warning.


  2. says:

    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 the Titanic there are many differences Futility is a suspenseful story with dark conspiracies, lost love, survival and it has a man fighting a polar bear I had expected to be awed by the similarities, instead I was grabbed by the adventurous tale of a man down on his luck who then has to fight for his life against impossible odds I found myself cheering the hero on and hoping that his struggles wouldn t turn out to be futile as the title of this book suggests.The writing is a bit dated of course and there are some serious info dumps at the start, but all in all it s an easy, pleasant read.I will most certainly reread this unexpected little gem in the future and can advice anyone who loves a good suspenseful story to read it as well.


  3. says:

    I am shocked at how similar this 1898 novella is to the sinking of the Titanic Either the author inherited Jules Verne s crystal ball or this is the biggest coincidence ever I ll have to do a bit of research on what proof there is for the publication date being fourteen years prior to the Titanic s disaster, because the coincidences, from the name of the ships to the lack of enough lifeboats to ramming a ship before colliding into an iceberg are just too much to digest without looking further into all this.As for the story, it was nice I think it d make for a good Titanic II type of film, especially has it has what the mostly romantic focused plot of the original film with Winslet and DiCaprio lacked There s even an insurance fraud side plot that s sure to refloat har the conspiracy theories about that being the case with the Titanic There s survival drama, human pettiness, on ship rivalries and backstabbing, squabbling over who s to blame for the sinking and who s to pay for it, sailor heroics, and even a wee bit of romance, all of which than compensate for the writing itself, which isn t so good.


  4. says:

    Tanr n n bile bat ramayaca gemi slogan yla yola kan RMS Titanic 15 Nisan 1912 de, Kuzey Atlantik te, gemi saatiyle 23.29 da buz da na arparak batmas na kadar giden facian n ilk ad m at ld.Kay plar n hepsi ihmalk rl k bknz gemiye yerle tirilmi filika say s nedeniyle verildi i i in komplo severlerin eline bol malzeme veren bir olayd r Evet, ben de onlardan biriyim o y zden bol bol bunlar okudum.Kitap ise bu olaylardan 14 y l nce yaz lm olup hayret verici benzerliklere yer verir Elbette ba tan a a ya ayn de il ancak benzedi i yerleri de insan tuhaf bir ekilde heyecanland r yor.Robertson n kitaptaki gemisine batmaz demesi, geminin ad n n Titan olu u ve bat nedeni, filika eksikli i gibi noktalar vard Onun d nda ho bir kitapt ama benim akl m h l ve h l o teorilerde DHele hele yazar n Titanik in bat ndan iki y l sonra lm olmas ve hi bir r portaj konu mas olmad i in akl m kurcal yor nk birka yerde yazar n l m nedeni olarak zehirlenme ihtimaline de iniliyor.Bir de yanl anlamad ysam kitap 1997 de halka a lm ve benim buldu um orijinal bask tarihinden sonra en eskisi 1998 y l na ait Yani yasakl gibi bir eymi kitap.Neyse, bir g n t m sorular n cevab ortaya kar diye umuyorum.Bunun zerine de bir Titanic izlerim ben.


  5. says:

    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 year of the Titanic disaster, 1912 to create similarities between ships The gross tonnage, the amount of water displacement, horsepower, the use of the word unsinkable, and the changing of the title Futility to Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan Also, subsequent printings are said to have given the story a happier Hollywood type ending.2 I have a 1994 edition that was printed by Buccaneer I was disappointed to discover that Futility was only one short story amongst four short stories in this volume, the others being The Pirates Beyond the Spectrum In the Valley of the Shadow Futility Despite its short length, I enjoyed this story and thought the writing was well done if the actual events a bit fantastical Being an atheist myself, I was pleasantly surprised to read large sections of flow of consciousness from the protagonist, who also identifies as atheist His musings were intelligent and interesting, and he addressed the fact that even an atheist may encounter such desperate circumstances that it would be tempting to turn to God for help or deliverance.If I had read only this story, and without the meddling alterations which I had originally thought to have been made by the author, but have come to believe were the responsibility of zealous editors , I would have given it four stars The Pirates Because Futility was so brief, I kept expecting this story to end much sooner than it actually did For that fact, I felt that it dragged on and on And once again, the author has a penchant for almost ridiculous, fantastical coincidences Beyond the Spectrum Actually a very interesting concept for a novel, but because it was so undeveloped, I didn t find it particularly enjoyable In the Valley of the Shadow Not only undeveloped, but laugh out loud melodramatic Reads like an extremely rough draft of what ought to have been a 300 page novel, but only took me about fifteen minutes to read.As I stated above, I would have given Futility itself four stars, but each subsequent novella following was worse and worse, until I came to the final decision of only two stars for the entire volume.


  6. says:

    For years I have heard about this book Many say this fictional tale about the sinking of a great ship, the Titan, mirrors the wreck of the Titanic in 1912 This fact is astounding because the book was written in 1898, 14 years before the Titanic sank after striking an iceberg Robertson said the similarities were not because of clairvoyance on his part, but due to his knowledge of sailing and ship building trends.The book was re released in 1912 following the Titanic sinking, causing some to say Robertson was cashing in on the disaster There were a few minor changes made in the 1912 re print For example, the weight of the Titan was increased in the 1912 version to better match the size of the Titanic But, large changes in plot were not made The coincidences between the fictionalized story of the Titan and the real life sinking of the Titanic are eerie Both ships are British and quite opulent Both sank in April in the Northern Atlantic after striking an iceberg on the starboard side Both sank near midnight and had too few lifeboats One notable difference The fictional Titan only had 13 survivors, whereas 705 passengers aboard the Titanic survived the accident.Despite being intrigued by the rumors surrounding this book for years, I never took time to actually read it Until now And I m so glad I did Of course, the language and writing style is dated, but Futility is still an enjoyable read The book is short and a quick, exciting read Despite the many similarities to the Titanic disaster, I think this is a wonderful adventure story that should be judged on its own merits The basics John Rowland is a sailor down on his luck He was demoted from an officer s position due to drinking and is sailing on the Titan as a common sailor The ship is sailing from America to Ireland On the first night at sea, the ship strikes another vessel, cutting it in two Taking little to no damage herself, the Titan continues on its way, not stopping to attempt to save anyone from the sinking vessel Officers on the Titan immediately start damage control..looking for anyone who might have seen the accident and bribing or threatening them into silence Rowland refuses to be bribed and says he will report the actions of the officers as soon as they reach port The officers plan to discredit him before they reach port given his history of drunkenness However, before they can attempt than drugging the man into a stupor, the ship violently strikes an iceberg, listing and sinking almost immediately Only 13 people make it off the ship alive Rowland is stranded on the iceberg with a little girl, the daughter of a former love interest of his who happened to be a passenger on the Titan with her husband Rowland braves a polar bear attack and extreme cold while stranded at sea and wily attorneys, stock holders, insurance companies, and even reporters after they are rescued What an exciting story The antiquated, larger than life, adventure story style Robertson uses to weave his tale reminds me a lot of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan books While I was doing some research before writing this review, I found out that Burroughs was actually inspired by Robertson s writings So, although the story is similar to the Titanic disaster, most of it is completely different It is still eerie that the ships are so alike But as Robertson stated himself, it isn t because of anything supernatural but just a coincidence stemming from his knowledge of shipping, trends in shipbuilding and sailing Read this story for the joy of adventure and the sea, not from a need to relate it to the Titanic disaster As in most larger than life old school adventure tales, this story is not realistic I don t believe anyone on a ship would be oblivious to the fact it collided with another vessel, cutting it in half The story relates that most of the passengers were asleep and not awakened Not possible The iceberg that Rowland and the little girl are stranded on seems to be huge.much larger than possible, really And I doubt a polar bear would be on an iceberg 900 miles off the American coast, but I could be wrong I m not a polar bear or iceberg expert In this instance, I just chose to suspend reality and go with the flow It s a very testosterone y, macho, man against the elements and evil assholes kind of story..and if Robertson wanted a polar bear to be on a huge freakin iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic, then so be it I m all for it Sometimes you just have to enjoy the adventure and forget about how things really work As it is in the public domain after nearly 120 years, the full text of the novel and also the book The Pirates, also by Robertson is available for free online here Look for the Download Options heading and pick what format you d like to use I loaded a copy onto my Kindle App on my Iphone and PC quite easily There are many websites that list the similarities between the two ships, information on Robertson, and about the construction and sinking of the Titanic I found a nice comparison of the book to the Titanic sinking here There are also some nice links to Titanic facts at the bottom of that page.Robertson wrote than 100 books and short stories before his death in 1915 Unfortunately, most people are only familiar with Futility After reading this one story, I m going to find by this author and enjoy some adventures The Grain Ship and Where Angels Fear To Tread Other Stories Of The Sea are available for free through Project Gutenberg.


  7. says:

    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 exact account In fact, the story resembles the Poseidon Adventure This is really John Rowland s story Who is John Rowland He is a naval officer who has let his vices get the better of him to the point he is a deckhand on the Titan Prior to the start of the story, he had been courting a young woman named Myra But his vices and atheism drove her away We learn all of this in a clunky infodump Myra is aboard the Titan She freaks when she sees her former suitor, scooping up her daughter also named Myra and rushing to tell this all to her husband Myra the Mother is convinced that Rowland is stalking her and wishes to get back at her by kidnapping Myra the daughter Myra the Mother is a bit self absorbed Okay, she s very self absorbed and paranoid It s hard to see why Rowland was interested in her in the first place I assume the alcohol and her money must ve played a big role in it She s not a great example of a woman character and is the only one in the story Even compared to other women in literature around this time, she is a rather poorly developed and dislikable character Meanwhile, Rowland is soon mixed up in fishy business with the officers He witnessed the ship ordered to go at full speed slice a smaller ship in two, killing crew members aboard the other ship The captain and his officers agree to cover it up, deny it ever happened At first, they aren t too villainy just towing the company line and acting in their best interests But Rowland balks, feeling they should take responsibility And here the captain and his officers go from self preserving villains to mustache twirling ones They decide to use his vices against him his drinking, namely Who is going to trust the word of a drunk Especially one also taking drugs Yes, they drug him so he s hallucinating And Myra the Mother helps them with her paranoia She catches Rowland teasing her daughter, saying he ll toss her overboard in a playful manner Myra the Mother accuses Rowland of attempted murder For some reason, they decide to keep drugging Rowland and keep him on watch so that there are witnesses to his behavior Since the boat is considered safe, this doesn t strike them as dangerous but it is as the boat strikes an iceberg that Rowland begins to trip Here is where Titan s fate is different than the Titanic s Titanic sank straight down for the most part for over 2 hours The Titan capsizes, preventing most passengers from getting to the lifeboats Myra the Mother manages to do so though she is separated from her husband and daughter Rowland leapt from the sinking ship onto a passing iceberg He also fishes Myra the Daughter from the water and despite the drugs in his system, keeps the both of them safe The time spent on the iceberg goes into highly unbelievable territory At first, it s a great survivalist pieceuntil the polar bear shows up I think Mr Robertson mistook an iceberg for a glacier or even the polar ice caps It was an exciting piece of writing and it made a hero of Rowland, but even I was wondering where the polar bear was hiding on the iceberg There is a happy ending Rowland is hailed as a hero and the Myras are reunited It is implied that Rowland is to reunite with Myra the Mother as well but I hope not He deserves better than that shrieking harpy The story is an interesting study It probably wouldn t pass muster today but is the example of what people thought of writing back in the latter part of the 19th century Today, Robertson would be told he was telling too much and should try to show He also tends to infodump a lot throwing a lot of backstory out in a somewhat unnatural way I suggest it for people who wish to experience older writing and how it has changed.


  8. says:

    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 VERY interesting turn to this story that is totally unanticipated A quick read, too.


  9. says:

    I was expecting the sinking of the ship to take place near the end of the story, but it happens before the 50% mark and was quite anticlimactic What follows is a melodramatic mess, in which the main character escapes the sinking by climbing onto an iceberg, fights a polar bear with only a small knife he lives, but the bear bites his arm off , rescues little girl who happens to be the daughter of the woman he loves and keeps her safe until a passing ship saves them both, gets back to England and is involved in an insurance fraud case, brings the kid to her mother in the US where he is promptly arrested for kidnapping, faces the mother in court where she calls him out, he disappears for 2 years and then receives a letter from her telling him that she was wrong and it s hinted that they reunite THE END What First of all, where did the polar bear come from This is the middle of the ocean with absolutely nothing around for miles, but there was a polar bear randomly camped on an iceberg somewhere Myra, the mother of the little girl was a total shrew.The insurance fraud part took up way too much of the story The part I was the most interested in the sinking had very little to do with the story It is interesting how many parallels there are to the Titanic, despite being written almost 15 years prior ship described as unsinkable similar names ship hits an iceberg most of the passengers perish not enough lifeboatsEtc etc etc Very eerie read for book scavenger hunt a book mentioned in another book this book is mentioned in Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson


  10. says:

    Did Morgan Robertson really predict the future or were there just a number of strange coincidences in his novella The story of The Wreck of the Titan or Futility as was its 1898 title is a fast paced, enjoyable novella to read What makes it all the interesting is that fourteen years after it was written the Titanic sank His description of the Titan largest craft afloat, water tight compartments etc certainly can allow the reader to think that Robertson was writing about the Titanic.


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