The Begum's Millions
Verne's first cautionary tale about the dangers of science ― first modern and corrected English translation.
When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. François Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to the manufacture of high-tech weapons of war. Its German creator, the fanatically pro-Aryan Herr Schultze, is Verne's first truly evil scientist. In his quest for world domination and racial supremacy, Schultze decides to showcase his deadly wares by destroying France-Ville and all its inhabitants. Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum's Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.
Wesleyan University Press
French and Francophone Literature
Verne, Jules (Author); Evens, Arthor B. (Editor); Luce, Stanford L. (Editor); and Schulman, Peter (Introduction & Notes), "The Begum's Millions" (2014). World Languages and Cultures Faculty Books. 18.