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Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future Paperback – 1963


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The Man Who Invented the Future: Jules Verne

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Biography of the first true science fiction writer, written for young people 29 Dec. 2006
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Jules Verne was arguably the first true writer of science fiction and it is unarguable that he was the first who applied hard science into his stories. While Leonardo Da Vinci sketched diagrams of many things that were later invented, there was no story line behind it. Verne predicted the fully functional submarine that could stay submerged for hundreds of miles, balloons that could stay aloft for thousands of miles, efficient electric power, and space travel. His stories captivated audiences worldwide, he was probably the most popular writer of his time.

This book is about his life and his early struggles to pursue his own path against his father's wishes. Young Jules was a dreamer, while his father wanted him to study the more practical area of law. Fortunately for everyone, Jules was strong-willed enough to follow his desires. After he got started, nothing really stood in his way. Major events such as France losing the war to Prussia and the resultant major political turmoil had little affect on his output. As you read through his story, you appreciate how learned he was. Verne needed to know a great deal about science in order to make his stories believable, as there is no reliance on "simply wishing" or "magical spells" to make his stories work.

He was also a master of the dramatic moment, in his stories he builds up to tense moments, where it is hard to see how the hero will able to escape. My favorite Verne story of all is "Around the World in Eighty Days"; his story based least on future scientific advancement. By simply putting together what could be done right then in the way of travel, Verne wrote a story that was based more on his capability as a storyteller. A few years later, a woman reporter was actually able to travel around the world in 72 days.

This is an excellent book about the life of one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Written for young people, it is a biography that explains that if you study hard and focus your dreams, the can come true in more than one way.
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Five Stars 9 Feb. 2015
By Manuel P. Bonifacio - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book, I am very satisfied with this transaction.
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