World – Verne

Verne (World 62)

Jules Verne (1828 – 1905; first SF publication, 1863) wrote many stories, usually attempting scientific education — he wanted to teach science while providing an entertaining read. His guesses and extrapolations based on the knowledge of his day are sometimes wrong, but sometimes breathtakingly accurate.

I believe Verne is the only non-English author on this list. His most well-known stories are part of his “Extraordinary Journeys” series, and include Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon (in which a debate is held on whether to launch the rocket from Texas or — the eventual choice — Florida!), Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

A Nautilus Submarine

As with a few other authors on this list, Verne’s works offer little in the nature of commercial manufacturing. The number of times I saw him referred to as “farseeing,” I was tempted to simply have the world of Verne export Farseeing Jewels … however, the Nautilus is the ahead-of-its-time submarine that Captain Nemo pilots in Twenty Thousand Leagues, and the choice for Verne’s export here.


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