Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist from the 19th-century and is the second most translated author in the world. He is considered the father of science fiction, inspiring not only writers but also scientists, inventors and explorers all over the world.
He is most well known for his “Extraordinary Voyages”, a popular series of novels he used, according to his editor, to outline the history of the universe through physical, geographical and astronomical knowledge. He imagined impossible endeavours with the technology of the time, some of which still remain impossible today. Some of these exploratory adventures include, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, and “From the Earth to the Moon”. The latter would end up inspiring Yuri Gagarin, who became the first cosmonaut to journey into outer space completing an orbit of Earth in 1961.
Verne was a man ahead of his time. He introduced Nautilus to us, a full-electrical colossal submarine, at the time that electrical applications were still at inception. He described “projectiles” taking passengers to the moon and spacecraft landing on the ocean and floating. He predicted video conferencing technology and newscast when the written form was the only way people could communicate and be informed. In summary, he anticipated modern technologies before their actual time in a very entertaining format.
Civilisation will never recede due to the law of necessity always forcing it onwards