Since 2010, Cauli Le Chat, feline roving reporter for Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), has reported all things interesting to cats (and humans) happening at the library. Related stories from across the state (and beyond) are also included.
Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Remembering the Father of Science Fiction
Today is Jules Verne's birthday. The famous
French author was born February 8, 1828 and died on March 24, 1905. Known as
the father of science fiction, Verne wrote many entertaining novels in which
science played an integral part in plot development and theme. Want to peruse a
bibliography? Hey, I work in a Library. Can-do, for sure.
For a lengthy bibliography of English translations, click here.
To commemorate this great writer, we have a
couple book trailers featuring deux (see, he was French, I'm French)
of his science fiction novels.
Journey to the Center of the Earth, by
(MPL Book Trailer #55)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by
(MPL Book Trailer #88)
If you like science fiction or fantasy, Verne
is an essential author to read. He wasn't the first author to employ science in
novels, but he was the most prolific until H. G. Wells came along half a century
after Verne began publishing his books and stories. To understand the roots of
sci-fi, one needs a solid grasp of Verne. You'll enjoy it. He wrote
wonderfully well, even by 19th century standards. There are some excellent
English translations, too. Nearly all of his famous fiction remains in print,
so you should have no trouble finding it. Search our online Evergreen Indiana catalogto see the wealth of
materials available to E.I. cardholders.
I Have a Sister Feline Named Jules,
Cauli Le Chat MPL Roving Reporter Science Fiction News Beat
P.S. "Jules Verne," by the Clox, appeared on
the group's album Civilian (2012). You may listen to MP3 files
(apparently for free) from the Clox official website.