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Novella predicted the wreck of the Titanic

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In early April, a luxury ocean liner set off across the Atlantic. The boat didn't carry enough lifeboats to hold its 3,000-odd passengers, but that didn't matter since the liner was deemed to be "unsinkable." One fateful night, the liner struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, causing the boat to sink and most of its passengers to perish.No, this wasn't the sinking of the Titanic. It's the plot of the novella Futility, which was published in 1898, 14 years before the Titanic sank.

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From the article:

"After the disaster, a publisher reissued Futility, which was given the sexier name Wreck of the Titan. A few changes were made to the manuscript, but they were only to make the Titan faster and more powerful than the Titanic; the uncanny similarities were apparently present in the original manuscript. Robertson, however, never saw much money from his dubious fame, and died in 1915 of an overdose of protiodide."

"Were apparently present"... but were they?

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Do any copies of the original still exist?

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