Jules Verne – Patron Saint of Science Fiction

Day 321 of Colourisation Project – March 24

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

Universally recognized as the patron saint of science fiction, his works have laid much of the foundation of the genre and have inspired generations of scientists, inventors and explorers. Translated into more than 140 languages, French author, Jules Gabriel Verne is the second most translated author on earth after Agatha Christie and his appeal has endured well into the 21st century.

Jules Verne

Photographer Unknown – Jules Verne 1892 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Born in 1828, Verne was a prolific author, poet, and playwright with more than 70 titles (most notably the 54 novels comprising the Voyages Extraordinaires) under his belt. He was a visionary who wrote about fictitious technological advancements and inventions years before they became realities; e.g. the traversal of the Arctic Ocean under the ice in 1959 by the USS Nautilus made a reality of the undersea adventures of Captain Nemo and his Nautilus.

Other creative ideas that became realities were such things as the use of hydrogen as an energy source, submarines, space travel, airplanes, helicopters and skyscrapers, terrestrial flight, deep-sea exploration, the taser gun, video-conferencing, skywriting, skyscrapers and newscasts.

Several of his novels have been made into successful motion pictures including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, From the Earth to the Moon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in 80 Days, which for more than 130 years, has inspired adventurers such as Nellie Bly (1890), Wiley Post (1933), and Steve Fossett (2005) to emulate Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg by attempting to circumnavigate the globe in record-breaking times.

Jules Verne suffered from diabetes and died on this day, 24 March 1905 at his home in Amiens, France at the age of 77.

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“Well, my friend, this earth will one day be that cold corpse; it will become uninhabitable and uninhabited like the moon, which has long since lost all its vital heat.”    ~   Jules Verne

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