Saturday, July 11, 2009


The father of modern science fiction, Jules Verne was born in Nates, studied law in Paries, and wrote for the stage before he began contributing science fiction to the Magazine of Education. His enormously successful Five weeks in a Balloon (1863) was the first of a long series of imaginative tales which exploited popular interest in the actual and potential achievements of nineteenth century science.

His success continued with A Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1864 and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. The latter of which featured the legendary arch-villain Captain Nemo, skipper of the enormous submarine Nautilus.
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