Invasion of the Sea

by Jules Verne
Release date: 2001
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, mainstream
Tags: translation

Original title: L'Invasion de la mer (1904).

Parts of this novel (under the title Captain Hardizan) were serialized in The American Weekly (the Sunday Supplement to the Boston American newspaper) from August 6, 1905 to August 13, 1905. The first complete English translation was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2001.

Invasion of the Sea was written in 1904 when large-scale canal digging was very much a part of the political, economic, and military strategy of the world's imperial powers.

Instead of linking two seas, as existing canals (the Suez and the Panama) did, Verne proposed a canal that would create a sea in the heart of the Sahara Desert. The story raises a host of concerns – environmental, cultural, and political. The proposed sea threatens the nomadic way of life of those Islamic tribes living on the site, and they declare war. The ensuing struggle is finally resolved only by a cataclysmic natural event.

(updated 2018-05-22)

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