Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction by Jules Verne. It tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax. As an American frigate is tracking down a ship-sinking monster the crew discovers an incredible invention, a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. A devastating explosion leaves three survivors who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's ship on an underwater odyssey around the world. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is an amazing undersea adventure and one of the earliest science fiction novels written. Generations of readers have sailed with Captain Nemo and his submarine, The Nautilus, around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole and beyond. Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth , and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction".--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his