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
The use of water as a medium for landing one's space ship in.

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Straightening the Earth's Poles
By means of a suitable force, push the Earth until the planet's axis of rotation is perpendicular to the ecliptic.

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

The Terror
An amazing vehicle capable of attaining tremendous speeds - in many different ways.

Master of the World (1904)

Undersea Mining
Conducting mining operations on the sea floor.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1875)

Using water to cushion the living space of a spacecraft from the effects of acceleration.

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Weightlessness - true science fiction discovery
The state experienced in free fall; a space traveler's weight is apparently reduced to zero.

From the Earth to the Moon (1867)

Whispering Gallery
A means of communication in specifically shaped spaces.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)

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