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Morgan Andrew Robertson (September 30, 1861–March 24, 1915) was a well-known American author of short stories and novels, and the possible inventor of the periscope.

Nowadays he is best known for the short novel Futility, first published in 1898. This story features an enormous British passenger liner called the Titan, which, deemed to be unsinkable, carries insufficient lifeboats. On a voyage in the month of April, the Titan hits an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic with the loss of almost everyone on board.

The similarities between the fictional sinking of the Titan and the real-life sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 attract attention even today although there are significant differences: for example, the fictional Titan capsized and sank almost immediately (rendering the number of lifeboats moot), and the Titan was on its third return trip from New York, not her maiden voyage to New York.

In 1905, Robertson's book The Submarine Destroyer was released. It described a submarine that used a device called a periscope. Despite Robertson's later claims that he had "invented" a prototype periscope himself (and was refused a patent), Lake and Grubbs had perfected the model used by the U.S. Navy by 1902, 3 years before Robertson's "prescient" novel.

In 1914 (in a volume that also contained the new version of Futility), Robertson included a short story called Beyond the Spectrum, which described a future war between the United States and Japan, a popular subject at the time. Like The Wreck of the Titan, Beyond the Spectrum bore some similarities with actual events. Japan does not declare war but instead launches sneak attacks on United States ships en route to the Philippines and Hawaii; an invasion fleet about to conduct a surprise attack on San Francisco is stopped by the hero using the weapon from a captured Japanese vessel. The title refers to an ultraviolet searchlight used by the Japanese (but invented by the Americans) to blind American crews. Some readers have compared the searchlight's effects (blindness, intense heat, and facial burns) to those of the atomic bomb.

Robertson was the author of Primordial / Three Laws and the Golden Rule, a novella about shipwrecked children growing up together and falling in love on a desert island. Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs acknowledge Robertson's contribution to the works of Henry De Vere Stacpoole, particularly The Blue Lagoon. They believe that both Robertson's and Stacpoole's writings influenced Burroughs in his creation of Tarzan of the Apes. ERBzine 1854: Morgan Robertson: Primordial -- Three Laws and the Golden Rule (1898-99) at

On March 24, 1915, Robertson was found dead in his room at the Alamac Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was 53 years of age. It is believed that he died of an overdose of protiodide.

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Total Books: 115
The Wreck of The Titan Or Futility
2015 - The Wreck of the Titan or Futility (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781515221531
ISBN-10: 1515221539
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Futility Or The Wreck Of The Titan
2013 - Futility or the Wreck of the Titan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781468133233
ISBN-10: 1468133233
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Wreck of the Titan
2013 - The Wreck of the Titan (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781484852590
ISBN-10: 1484852591
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Where Angels Fear To Tread And Other Tales Of The Sea
2010 - Where Angels Fear to Tread and Other Tales of the Sea (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781163776452
ISBN-10: 1163776459
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Masters of Men A Romance of the New Navy
2010 - Masters of Men a Romance of the New Navy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142433062
ISBN-10: 1142433064

Masters of Men
2010 - Masters of Men (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142572532
ISBN-10: 1142572536

Sinful Peck
2010 - Sinful Peck (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141020553
ISBN-10: 1141020556

Masters of Men Illus With Scenes From the Photoplay
2010 - Masters of Men Illus with Scenes From the Photoplay (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152560963
ISBN-10: 1152560964

Land Ho
2009 - Land Ho (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151088529
ISBN-10: 1151088528

Spun-Yarn Sea Stories
2009 - Spun-yarn Sea Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151516459
ISBN-10: 1151516457

The Three Laws and the Golden Rule
2009 - The Three Laws and the Golden Rule (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150634765
ISBN-10: 1150634766

Down to the Sea
2009 - Down to the Sea (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150212918
ISBN-10: 1150212918

2009 - Shipmates (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117565750
ISBN-10: 1117565750

Tales From Mcclure's Humor
2009 - Tales From Mcclure's Humor [1897] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104474959
ISBN-10: 1104474956
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Where Angels Fear To Tread
2008 - Where Angels Fear to Tread (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781434477736
ISBN-10: 1434477738

Where Angels Fear to Tread and Other Stories of the Sea
2008 - Where Angels Fear to Tread and Other Stories of the Sea (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788132049678
ISBN-10: 8132049675
Genre: Literature & Fiction

qWhere Angels Fear to Treadq and Other Stories of the Sea
2008 - Qwhere Angels Fear to Treadq and Other Stories of the Sea [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780554306681
ISBN-10: 0554306689
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Over the Border
2008 - Over the Border (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406992236
ISBN-10: 1406992232

2008 - Spun-yarn (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406998801
ISBN-10: 140699880X

Tales From McClure's Humor Burglars Three The Joneses' Telephone A Yarn Without A Moral
The Pirates
2008 - The Pirates (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781434402356
ISBN-10: 1434402355

2007 - Futility [EasyRead Comfort Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
1977 - Wreck of the Titan [Short Story Index Reprint Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Spun Yarn [Short story index reprint series] (Hardcover)Paperback