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Jules Verne

The Pioneer of Science Fiction
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Hannah Pollok

on 14 February 2013

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Jules Verne The Pioneer of
Science Fiction Early Life Beginning of Career An Emerging Novelist Later Life Legacy Literary Success His 'Artwork' - After completing secondary school, Verne went to Paris to study law
- Instead of studying law, he discovered he had a love for theater; began writing plays
- When his father discovered this, he stopped supporting Jules financially
- Verne supported himself by becoming a
stockbroker, a job he did not like much
- Meanwhile, Jules met Honorine de Viane Morel, a widow with two daughters; they married in 1857
-That same year, he published his first book "The 1857 Salon" - Verne was rejected by publishers many times, until Pierre- Jules Hetzel came along (who also published Victor Hugo)
- Verne's stories had been rejected previously because they were "too scientific"
- With Hetzel's help, published "Five Weeks in a Balloon" in 1863; the book got a lot of attention, but little sales
- Attention from the public inspired Verne to write more; he had found his place in the world - On March 9, 1886 favorite nephew Gaston tried to murder him
- Fired two shots from a pistol; one stuck in Jules' shin, giving him a lifelong limp
-Gaston suffered from mental illness and spent the rest of his life in an asylum
- A week after, Jules Hetzel died; was devastating to Verne
-He continued to travel and write
- Later publications: Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (1881), Robur the Conqueror (1886), Master of the World (1904)
- Verne became ill with diabetes, and died in his home in 1905 - Pioneered science fiction genre in Europe
- wrote more than 70 books; "Father of Science Fiction"
- most notable are the 54 books that make "Voyages Extraordinaires"
- created technology and innovations years before their time
- memorable characters
-second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie)
-works have appeared on stage, in movies, and television, countless times
-inspiration to many - Born February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France
- Nantes was a busy port city
- Verne was exposed to ships and schooners at an early age.
- Inspired imagination for travel and adventure
- He and his brother Paul often rented a boat and sailed
- Paul and Jules (9) were sent to boarding school
- There, Jules wrote many short stories and poems My Personal Opinion -began to publish two or more novels a year
- most popular novels are: Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days (1864-1872)
-Verne bought a boat and sailed to various ports, with his wife
- provided inspiration for stories
- reputation grew and spread around the world
-Verne could successfully live on his writing Jules Verne was truly an inspiration.
I commend him for writing about something completely new and different. He was the pioneer of an entirely new genre. His writing may have gotten criticism at first, but it eventually led to great things. His novels have been made into several movies, his ideas are still being used today. Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury once said, "...we are all, in one way or another, the children of Jules Verne." No doubt, Verne will continue to inspire many for years to come.
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