For Letter V, my choice is Jules Verne
Jules Verne Biography
Verne’s influence extends beyond literature and film into the world of science and technology, where he inspired generations of scientists, inventors, and explorers. In 1954 the United States Navy launched the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, named for Verne’s Nautilus. And for more than 130 years, adventurers such as Nellie Bly (1890), Wiley Post (1933), and Steve Fossett (2005) have followed in the footsteps of Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg by attempting to circumnavigate the globe in record-breaking times. Verne and his enduringly popular Voyages extraordinaires continue to remind us that “What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.”
It was with deep fascination that I read Verne’s Twenty thousand leagues under the sea when I was around ten. It sparked a curiosity for science and science fiction in the young me. I have read almost all of his books and admire him as a true pioneer who not only imagined the unimaginable in his times but also laid the groundwork for things that became reality a century later.