Today when I fired up Google for my first search, I was greeted with this cool looking interactive Google Doodle. You can see a video of the Verne doodle in action here.
Naturally, I was curious and after clicking on the doodle, I found out that it’s the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne. As most of you know, Verne is a famous French science fiction writer who died in 1905, at the age of 77.
Verne’s stories are so entertaining, that he’s listed as the third most translated individual author in the world. Even though some the gizmos in his books were unbelievable, many of them later became fact instead of fiction. Here’s a list of 8 Jules Verne inventions that came true. (courtesy of National Geographic)
- Electric Submarines
- Solar Sails
- Lunar Modules
- Splashdown Spaceship
Here are a few of the books that he has written. I bet you’ll recognize at least one.
I’ve read one or two of his books, but I think most of you are probably more familiar with the dozens of movies that have been made, based on his novels.
Here’s a trailer for one of the most famous movies.