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)

Atmospheric Advertising - write it on the clouds

In the Year 2889 (1889)

Columbiad - 900 foot cannon

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Communicate with Extraterrestrials - first use of concept

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Diving Apparatus - scuba diving in the 19th century

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Electrify the Rail - repel boarders!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Free Return Trajectory - first mention

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)


Facing The Flag (1896)

Gourmet Space Cuisine

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Launching Facility - in Florida

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Leyden Ball - grandfather of the taser

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Light Pressure Propulsion - first use of this idea

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Live News - prediction of newscasts

In the Year 2889 (1889)

Nautilus - Captain Nemo's ride

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Paper Steel

Robur-the-Conqueror (1866)

Phonotelephote - earliest reference to videophone

In the Year 2889 (1889)

Projectile-Vehicle - Verne's spacecraft

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Recorded News - Tivo for radio in 1889

In the Year 2889 (1889)

Retro-Rockets - Verne invented them!

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

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)

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