Jules Verne: A Man Ahead of His Time: Background information when reading Eighty Days

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Eighty Days

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

by Matthew Goodman

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
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    Feb 2013, 480 pages
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    Mar 2014, 496 pages

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Jules Verne: A Man Ahead of His Time

February 8, 2013 would have been Jules Verne's 185th birthday. The acclaimed author is considered the father of science fiction and wrote many novels, some of the most well-known being Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, and, of course, Around the World in Eighty Days which plays an important part in Matthew Goodman's Eighty Days.

Two years ago, on Verne's birthday, National Geographic featured eight modern inventions that are surprisingly – or maybe not so surprisingly – similar to inventions created by Verne himself.

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1964 3-person submarine AlvinElectric Submarines – Captain Nemo, from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, travels the underwater world in Nautilus, his electric submarine, which bears a striking resemblance to the real Alvin, a 1964 three-person sub. The idea of a vehicle like this running on electricity was a mere magical thought in Verne's time.

Newscasts – Verne wrote an article ...

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