Jules Verne Biography
Birthday: February 8, 1828 (Aquarius)
Born In: Nantes, France
Widely regarded as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Jules Verne is the second most translated author in the world. This legendary, 19th century science fiction and adventure novelist is said to have laid the foundation for modern day science fiction. One of the most celebrated literary figures, Verne was a visionary, whose writings were full of futuristic inventions. Many years before the invention of Electric Submarines, Newscasts, Solar Sails, Lunar Modules, Skywriting, Videoconferencing, Taser and Splashdown Spaceships, he mentioned all of these in his novels. Some of his most much-admired novels include ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’, and ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. All through his writing career, he wrote 65 novels, 30 plays and many short stories, essays and opera librettos. One of the greatest and most imaginative wordsmiths, Verne has been the inspiration of several scientists including submarine designer Simon Lake, aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont, rocketry innovators, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard and Hermann Oberth. The extraordinary sci-fi voyages of Jules Verne continue to inspire art, culture, and technology.