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Jules Verne “Father of Science Fiction”

Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne born in Nantes, 8 February 1828. He is a French author who pioneered science fiction genre and story, some of his greatest work is his novel Twenty Thousand League Under The Sea (1870), A Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), and Around The World in Eighty Days (1873). What makes his story so great? It’s all because he write story about submarine, travel to Moon, and other “fiction” (fiction on his time) before every thing in his story were invented. Jules Verne have some kind of group of fan in this modern time, they called Vernians. These people think all of Verne writings were a real thing, so sometimes they do research about mysterious island, The Nautilus, and maybe a way to the center of the earth.

His novel and works make some people inspired, then try to make those things from it

  • Electric Submarine, idea taken from novel Twenty Thousand League Under The Seawhere Captain Nemo’s Nautilus is the largest and only one electric submarine (even the first submarine), Alvin is the modern three passenger electric submarine used for underwater research based from Nautilus.

    Alvin, Modern time electric submarine based from Verne's fictional submarine "Nautilus"

  • Jules Verne imagining in the future where news spoken by reader and people just have to listen and watch the reader, this is the first newscast idea. This newscast idea first happen in 1920, nearly 30 years after Verne imagined it.

    Newscast imagined by Verne

  • Solar Sails, technology that use energy from sun light taken with thin sails to propel spaceship. This technology appear on Verne’s novel From The Earth To The Moon.

    Artist's concept of light-propelled spaceship (Solar Sail)

  • Lunar Modules is a capsule to carry passenger attached atop of the rocket, Verne already imagine this lunar module on his novel From The Earth To The Moon. The different is, Verne imagine this capsule shot from a big gun that get enough power to break the earth gravity.

    A rocket launched with Lunar Modules attached on its top

  • Verne describing “Atmospheric Advertisements”, similar to Skywriting nowadays. The ads that Verne imagine is so enormous made of clouds and it can be seen wide enough from population of a cities or even a country.

    Skywriting above a city

  • “Phonotelephote” is Verne’s videoconferencing, this technology using transmission of image by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires. The modern video conference use a screen,camera,and mic to send image and sound to the receiver.

    Video conference or "Phonotelephote" according to Verne

  • In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, there is a device that can shoot a (harpoon like) bullet that has a glass ball covered by steel and weighted with a small lead pellet to store electricity. He describe this device delivers a strong jolt of electricity, just like taser.

    Taser

  • In From The Earth To The Moon, Verne tell about a spacecraft landing to earth by splashing down in the ocean and floating just like Mercury capsule

    Mercury capsule splashed down

    Jules Verne write so many great novel and story, his very first and better known works include:

  • A Voyage in a Balloon 
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Paris in the Twentieth Century
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
  • In Search of the Castaways or Captain Grant’s Children
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Around the Moon
  • A Floating City
  • “Dr. Ox’s Experiment”
  • The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa
  • The Fur Country
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • The Survivors of the Chancellor
  • The Mysterious Island
  • “The Blockade Runners”
  • Michael Strogoff
  • Off on a Comet
  • The Child of the Cavern, also known as Black Diamonds or The Black Indies
  • Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen
  • The Begum’s Millions
  • The Steam House
  • Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
  • Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
  • The Green Ray
  • Kéraban the Inflexible
  • “Frritt-Flacc”
  • The Vanished Diamond
  • The Archipelago on Fire
  • Mathias Sandorf
  • Robur the Conqueror or The Clipper of the Clouds
  • Ticket No. “9672”
  • North Against South
  • The Flight to France
  • Family Without a Name
  • Two Years’ Vacation
  • The Purchase of the North Pole
  • César Cascabel
  • Mistress Branican
  • The Carpathian Castle
  • Claudius Bombarnac
  • Foundling Mick
  • Propeller Island
  • Facing the Flag
  • Clovis Dardentor
  • The Sphinx of the Ice Fields or An Antarctic Mystery
  • The Mighty Orinoco
  • The Village in the Treetops
  • The Kip Brothers
  • Master of the World
  • Invasion of the Sea
  • A Drama in Livonia
  • The Lighthouse at the End of the World
  • The Chase of the Golden Meteor
  • The Danube Pilot
  • The Survivors of the “Jonathan”

Jules Verne is one of my favorite author, by reading his works we can explore and imagine how big is the universe and our imagination.

Strory source and picture source : nationalgeographic.com and wikipedia.org

 

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