Jules Verne | First Editions

1828 - 1905

Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 - March 24, 1905) was a French author from Nantes often described as a pioneer of the science-fiction genre. His output of "speculative fiction" was enormous numbering such major highlights as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) to name but a few. Verne is one of those enormously prolific writers of "scientific" fiction whose vision of the future (and indeed of the potential of the present) often verges on spooky prescience. Everything from the nuclear submarine to space travel to aqualungs and monorails could conceivably be laid at his door. His work is occasionally criticised for its slightly prejudiced tendencies; women tended to be virtually invisible, ethnic minorities were often used for either overtly sinister or ridiculously comic effect and his novels often give the impression that somewhere he had a list of national stereotypes he was sticking a pin into.

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