Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1886
Robur the Conqueror Synopsis
Robur the Conqueror is a novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1886. The story follows Robur, a mysterious inventor who has created a powerful flying machine called the Albatross. Robur uses the Albatross to travel the world, but he is also a ruthless conqueror who intends to use his machine to subjugate humanity.
The novel begins with Robur meeting a group of balloonists at the Weldon Institute in Philadelphia. The balloonists plan to make a trans-Atlantic flight, but Robur scoffs at their plan, declaring that the future belongs to heavier-than-air flying machines. Robur then reveals his flying machine, the Albatross, which is far more advanced than the balloonists have ever seen. Robur takes the balloonists on a flight aboard the Albatross, and they are amazed by its speed and power. However, Robur's arrogance soon gets the better of him, and he kidnaps the balloonists and takes them on a forced tour of the world.
About Jules Verne
Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. He is best known for his adventure novels, often set in the future, and feature technological innovations that were not yet available in Verne's time. Verne is considered one of the founders of the science fiction genre.
Verne was born in Nantes, France, on February 8, 1828. His father was a lawyer, and Verne was expected to follow in his footsteps. However, Verne had a passion for writing, and he began to write plays and short stories while still a student. In 1852, Verne moved to Paris to work as a stockbroker. However, he continued to write in his spare time and eventually published his first novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, in 1863. The novel was a success, launching Verne's career as a writer. Verne went on to write over 60 novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). His novels were translated into many languages and enjoyed great popularity worldwide. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.