On February 8, 1828, writer Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France. Verne became a popular author of science fiction stories, pioneering the genre along with British author H.G. Wells. The 19th century in which Verne and Wells lived was a time of great scientific and industrial change—the Industrial Revolution. Inspired by the world around them, Verne and Wells imagined wild inventions of the future, sometimes very accurately.Verne's most famous stories revolve around exploration and travel. Futuristic transportation on these adventures include a large submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1869), hot air balloons (Around the World in Eighty Days, 1872), and even a spaceship (From the Earth to the Moon, 1865).
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry author Noun
person who writes.
study and investigation of unknown places, concepts, or issues.
hot air balloon Noun
bag filled with lighter-than-air gas able to float in the atmosphere.
having to do with factories or mechanical production.
Industrial Revolution Noun
change in economic and social activities, beginning in the 18th century, brought by the replacement of hand tools with machinery and mass production.
to influence to act.
person who is among the first to do something.
science fiction adjective, noun
art form that draws on knowledge of science for plot, setting, or character.
vehicle that can travel underwater.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.
movement from one place to another.