Jules Verne – Father of Science Fiction


Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) is one of favorite authors of all time. He was born in Nantes, France.

In early life, Verne’s father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as a lawyer, sent him to Paris to study law. But the young Verne fell in love with literature, especially theatre. For supporting his life, he worked as a broker at the Paris Stock Market.

He made friend with  French authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, who offered him writing advices. His first book, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was published in 1863. After this, he retired from stockbroking and became a full-time author. Verne went on to write science-fiction and adventure classics Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Around The World In 80 Days among the more than 80 books, short stories, essays, poems and plays he wrote in his lifetime.

In 1886 Verne was shoot by accident, which left him disabled. The man that shot him proved to be a nephew who was suffering from mental instability. In 1902 he became partially blind and he died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens.

Jules Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary. Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. He has sometimes been called “The Father of Science Fiction”. A record 300 movies, TV shows and plays have been based on his work and more are on their way.