Jules Verne:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was born in Nantes, France. As a child, he shipped out as a cabin boy on a merchant ship (he was caught and returned to his parents). He was sent to study law in Paris, but wrote plays instead. When his parents cut the money off, he wrote stories to support himself. His classic works of what came to be known as science fiction paid him well; in 1876 he purchased a large yacht and sailed around Europe, fulfilling his childhood wish.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Splashdown - the original idea

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Straightening the Earth's Poles

The Purchase of the North Pole (Topsy Turvy) (1889)

The Terror

Master of the World (1904)

Undersea Mining

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Water-Springs

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Weightlessness - true science fiction discovery

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Whispering Gallery

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)

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