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Published on the 100th anniversary of his death, The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures pays homage to one of the founding fathers of science fiction, Jules Verne (1828-1905), with a collection of stories inspired by his classic adventure tales. Included in this truly mammoth anthology are 23 stories by genre luminaries Stephen Baxter, Brian Stableford, Peter Crowther, Kevin J. Anderson, and Paul Di Filippo.
Di Fillipo's "The Mysterious Iowans" reintroduces readers to one of Verne's most enigmatic characters, the megalomaniacal genius Robur. Thirty years after the resourceful survivors of Lincoln Island were rescued by Captain Nemo (see Verne's Mysterious Island) and founded a utopian society in middle America, Boston Herald writer Bingham Wheatstone visits the "beacon of superior living" to cover the festivities. But what he stumbles across could mean the stagnation of scientific advancement and eventual collapse of modern civilization. In "The Shoal" by Liz Williams, a man inspired by the Jules Verne Museum in Nantes, France, glimpses the scientific advancements of the glorious future -- and the forgotten past. Ian Watson's "Giant Dwarfs" revisits Verne's 1863 classic A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Complete with subterranean seas, massive dinosaurs, and strange humanoids, Watson adds his own twist: time-traveling Nazi explorers!
Whether it is at the center of the Earth or 20,000 leagues under the sea, this diverse collection of adventure and exploration stories is a must-read for science fiction aficionados of all ages, literary historians, and genre neophytes alike. Paul Goat Allen