Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8th 1828 in Nantes, France. He is best known for being the Father of Science Fiction, but that is not how it started out. In 1863, at the age of 35, he wrote his first novel, “Five Weeks in a Balloon,” which started his writing career.
He soon went on to write many more books such as “Journey to the center of the earth”, “Around the world in 80 days”, and “20000 leagues under the sea.” He wrote them as adventure novels and not as Science Fiction. We call them that today because of the technology and theories he created in his books. In “20000 Leagues Under The Sea” he invented atomic energy and periscopes years before there was a physical prototype. In “Around the World in 80 Days” he showed just how far technology had come in the speed of travel. In “Robur the Conqueror” he invented a zeppelin type flying machine that is still to be matched.
But everything was always an adventure. He enjoyed adventures, but never left France. How can that be you ask? He wrote books that took place all over the world and wrote about them in great detail. To get his inspiration, he would meet up with someone who had just come back from having their own adventure and ask them every detail he could about their journey. He would then make notes and work things into a story.
His earlier works are much more positive because his editor would encourage a happy ending compared to the dark one Verne would write. Once his editor Hetzel died in 1886 his works became much darker. Many of them were not published and many of them he destroyed.
One of the works that did survive was “Paris in the 20th Century,” originally written in 1863; it was not published until 131 years later in 1994. This book proposes a grim outlook for the future that was surprisingly close, but for the people of 1863 these ideas seemed too unbelievable. Did Jules Verne really predict the future in many of his books? Or were they just based on facts?
On March 24 1905, he died at his home in Amiens, France at 44 Boulevard Longueville (now Boulevard Jules-Verne). He Left behind an amazing legacy. Some called him a prophet and said he was given his ideas through divine intervention.
After his death his son Michel Verne oversaw the publications of his last couple of books, “Invasion of the Sea” and “The Lighthouse at the End of the World.” To this day, over 100 years after his death, his books are still being published in many different languages all around the world, for people of all ages to enjoy. Many of his books have been made into movies and television shows and are continuing to be made. He may have died but the adventure never did.