A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – V

For Letter V, my choice is Jules Verne

Jules Verne Biography


Jules Verne was a French novelist whose many popular novels include the classics A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). While studying law, Verne wrote plays and librettos, but soon turned to writing novels full-time. He wrote dozens of books in his career and became the world-famous and wealthy author of adventures that are still in print today, including In Search of the Castaways (1868), The Mysterious Island (1874), and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870). Many of Verne’s works became familiar to movie audiences, thanks to movie versions produced by Walt Disney‘s studios. Much like novelist H. G. Wells, Verne is considered a founding father of science fiction, thanks to his remarkably prophetic details of scientific inventions.

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.




25 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – V

  1. Great choice. When teaching the layers of the earth the movie ws part of our culminating activity. When time no longer allowed it, I offered extra credit for reading the novel or watching the movie. I had a video, then a DVD I would lend out if someone wanted to see it. Thanks for the fond memories.

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren. I loved his books from the moment I read them. Such imagination is a wonderful gift. I’m sure the kids watch the movies or reading his book would have been inspired too. Besides they had a wonderful teacher

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  2. I read 20,000 Leagues, but none of the others. Yet, so popular and well known is his work, that I know the basics of the other stories.
    He was also part of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen 😉😂 which was a fun movie.

    A very inspiring choice!

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