Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French author who set out to write books that combined scientific fact with adventure stories. While he was working in Paris as a stockbroker, he met the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, and his Voyages Extraordinaires were launched, starting with Five Weeks in a Balloon in 1863—a beautifully illustrated work of ‘scientific fiction.’ The series would end up running to some 50 titles in his lifetime, including his best-known works: Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. Today Verne is regarded as one of the founders of science fiction and his books are among the world’s most translated novels.
Books by Jules Verne
Interviews where books by Jules Verne were recommended
Marc Faber, the infamous investor known as “Dr Doom”, discusses books he considers indispensable for those interested in investment. He stresses the importance for investors to be historically aware, and holds that Irving Fisher is one of the best economists of the 20th century.
The ‘subterranaut’ describes how the discovery of ancient bacteria miles beneath the Earth’s surface opens the possibility of finding life on Mars. He picks five books that show how our knowledge of life deep in this planet could lead us to discover it elsewhere.
The respected author and veteran journalist gives illuminating interview on volcanic eruptions. Discusses wonderful literary works from authors including Jules Vernes, Edward Lytton and Paddy Leigh Fermor
Geologist Jan Zalasiewicz tells us about the danger posed to oceans by the Anthropocene – and how we can work together to protect them