Monday, February 8, 2010

This Day In History: Jules Verne

Where would the science fiction and adventure genres be without Jules Verne? Today celebrates this French author's 1828 birth anniversary. His famous novel Around the World in 80 Days prompted many real-life adventurers to attempt to travel around the globe in record time. Many of his visionary tales have been made into exciting films -- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea even became a ride at Disney World! But Verne's most significant contribution to science fiction literature may be the inspiration his work gave to succeeding generations of writers and filmmakers.

Stop by the NCC Libraries to check out Verne's novels, or books about his life and work. You can also search the Literature Resource Center or MagillOnLiterature databases for summaries and critical analysis of his works.

Science Fiction Pioneer: A Story About Jules Verne
by Thomas Streissguth 2001
E-BOOK (Online)

The Survivors of the Chancellor
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

The Underground City: Works of Jules Verne
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Off on a Comet, or, Hector Servadac
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne
E-BOOK (Online)

Jules Verne, Inventor of Science Fiction
by Peter Costello
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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
by Jules Verne
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The Omnibus
by Jules Verne
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Works Cited:
Science fiction. Article. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009.

"Verne, Jules." Article. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 5 Dec. 2009. https://libprox.northampton.edu/login?url=http://search.eb.com/eb/article-9075124>.

Illustration credit:
"Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Image. Internet Movie Database. Web. 5 Feb. 2010. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046672/

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