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Remembering Jules Verne

Post by: Kabita Sonowal







Jules Gabriel Verne, popularly known as Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828. Also referred to as the ‘Father of Science Fiction’, he would have been 186 years old today! Writing in the science-fiction and adventure genres, his writings continue to thrill and captivate the minds of millions with his heightened and fresh imagination. He enhanced the minds of several writers from different genres later.


Verne was way ahead of his times or rather, he was an avant garde. He authored very unique pieces of literature such as A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, Off on a Comet, In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Floating City, The Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians in South Africa, The Fur Country, The Mysterious Island, The Steam House, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, Dr. Ox's Experiment and The Blockade Runners among many others. Born in Nantes in France to an attorney, Pierre Verne and his wife, Sophie Allote de la Fuÿe, his earliest fascination lay in watching the ships on the Loire River. It led to his quest and love for writing science fiction.


Verne went to Paris to study law; however, destiny willed otherwise. He was mentored by Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas. He began to write and married Honorine de Viane Morel. He sailed on his ship, Saint-Michel and traveled across Europe. He was extremely successful and he wrote about submarines, skyscrapers and moon travel way ahead of these turned to reality. His works such as Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Paris in the Twentieth Century, and A Journey to the Center of the Earth are amazing paradigms of his imagination.


Today, Verne’s house at Nates is a museum, Jules Verne Museum. His legacy in the literary world lives on.


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