On this day in 1828, French author Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France. Verne pioneered the science-fiction genre by writing about space, air and underwater travel ... before air & space travel and practical submarines were even invented!
The eldest of 5 children, Verne developed an interest in travel and exploration at an early age. His stories (written for children as well as for adults) influenced many - including Walt Disney. Verne often wrote in the form of a travel book in order to take his readers on a voyage upward (as in his 1865 From the Earth to the Moon) or downward (as described in his 1864 novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth).
Many of his best-known books such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and A Trip to the Moon were later made into movies.
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