Cauli Le Chat

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.
  • For a shorter bibliography, click here.

Jules Verne (1828-1905)

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 Jules Verne
(MPL Book Trailer #55)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
(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 catalog to 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.

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