from Science Fiction Classics, illustration ©2009 Johnny Ryan

JULES VERNE

French author Jules Gabriel Verne (born 1828) was, along with H.G. Wells, the preeminent pioneer of the science-fiction genre. He wrote over eighty books, the best known being his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Jules's father wanted him to be educated as a lawyer, and in 1848 he was sent to Paris to study law. There he began writing travelers’ stories and librettos for operas. When Verne’s father discovered that his son was writing rather than studying law, he withdrew his financial support and Jules was forced to support himself as a stockbroker and a law clerk. During this period, he met Alexandre Dumas, who offered him writing advice and would become a close friend. Verne’s novels are noted for their startlingly accurate predictions of modern inventions including helicopters, submarines, automobiles, television, and the Internet. In 1885, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., owner of the New York Herald asked Jules Verne to write a short story about life in the United States a thousand years hence. The resulting In the Year 2889, published in 1889 and adapted in Science Fiction Classics, was credited solely to Verne, but was most likely co-authored by his son Michel.


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