Portrait of Jules Verne by the 19th century French photographer Felix Nadar.

Jules Verne (February 8, 1828 - March 24, 1905) was a French author. He is considered as one of the fathers of the science fiction genre. He is the second most translated author since 1979.

He wrote several famous novels including

His books cross genres from science fiction to romance and the stories they tell have captured many imaginations and inspired "remakes".

Verne, science and science fiction

Jules Verne together with H.G. Wells are considered the fathers of the science fiction genre. Although some books that belong to the genre were written long before them, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from 1818 (regarded by many as the first science fiction work), they were the first ones to write not just a single work but a whole corpus.

He was completely self-taught in science. Many of the imaginary technological inventions he wrote about became possible in later years, such as submarines, air and space transportation devices. Although actual submarines can't travel as deep underwater as his imaginary Nautilus and there are many other limitations and differences between his fictions and the later technologies, in some ways, he can be regarded as a foreseer of some actual future inventions. As many later science fiction writers, he was highly concerned with the plausibility of his stories, and wrote only stories that could be true based on the theoretical scientific knowledge of his time.

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