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       One of the principal inventors of what later became known as sf, Jules Verne wrote highly coloured nineteenth century romantic adventure stories, many of which turn on wonderful inventions like submarines or flying machines or on amazing events like the grazing of the Earth by a comet (in Hector Servadac). Verne was a Frenchman of Radical sympathies, many of whose stories turn on his political sympathies--it is significant that Captain Nemo in 20000 Leagues under the Sea is a rebel against British imperialism in India, and many of his villains are Southerners from the Confederacy or Prussians; Verne was fond of comic national stereotypes--the heroes of From Earth to the Moon and Around the World in Eighty Days are respectively joke Yankee engineers and an English clubman obsessed with punctuality. Among his other books that have worn best are Five Weeks in a Balloon and A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. There is always an interesting tension in Verne between his passionate involvement in the products of his imagination and his desire for accuracy. Verne greatly admired the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and stressed the importance of strict scientific accuracy, disparaging H G Wells for his more cavalier inventiveness.


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Voyages Extraordinaires

Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) aka Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen

Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1863)

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) aka A Journey To The Interior Of The Earth

From the Earth to the Moon (1865)

In Search of the Castaways (1867) aka The Children Of Captain Grant

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1869)

Round the Moon (1869)

A Floating City (1871)

Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians (1872) aka Measuring a Meridian

The Fur Country (1872)

Around the World in Eighty Days (1872)

The Mysterious Island (1875)

The Survivors Of The Chancellor (1875) aka The Chancellor

Michel Strogoff (1876)

Hector Servadac (1876) aka Off On A Comet

The Underground City (1877) aka Black Indies

A Captain at Fifteen (1878) aka Dick Sand

The Begum's Fortune (1879)

Tribulations Of A Chinaman (1879)

The Steam House (1880)

Eight Hundred Leagues On The Amazon (1881) aka The Cryptogram

The Robinson Crusoe School (1883)

The Green Ray (1882)

Keraban the Inflexible (1883)

The Southern Star (1884) aka The Vanished Diamond

The Archipelago on Fire (1884)

Mathias Sandorf (1885)

The Lottery Ticket (1886)

Robur The Conqueror (1886) aka Clipper Of The Clouds

North Against South (1887) aka Texar's Revenge

The Flight to France (1887)

Two Years Holiday (1888)

Family Without a Name (1889)

Topsy Turvy (1889)

Caesar Cascabel (1890)

Mistress Branican (1891)

The Castle of the Carpathians (1892)

Claudius Bombarnac (1892) aka Adventures of a Special Correspondent

Little Fellow (1893)

Captain Antifer (1894)

Propeller Island (1895) aka Floating Island

Facing the Flag (1896) aka For the Flag

Clovis Dardentor (1896)

The Sphinx of the Ice (1897) aka An Antarctic Mystery

The Superb Orinoco (1898)

The Will of an Eccentric (1899)

Second Fatherland (1900)

The Aerial Village (1901) aka Village in the Treetops

The Sea Serpent (1901)

The Kip Brothers (1902)

Scholarships for Travel (1903)

A Drama in Livonia (1904)

Master of the World (1904)

The Invasion of the Sea (1905)

From the Earth to the Moon / Round the Moon (omnibus) (2004)

Adventures of Captain Hatteras

The English at the North Pole (1863)

The Desert of Ice (1863) aka The Field of Ice

Children Of Captain Grant

The Mysterious Document (1867)

On the Track (1867)

Among the Cannibals (1867)

Mysterious Island

Dropped from the Clouds (1874)

Abandoned (1875)

Secret of the Island (1875)

Steam House

The Demon Of Cawnpore (1880)

Tigers and Traitors (1880)

Two Years Holiday

Adrift In The Pacific (1888)

Second Year Ashore (1888)

Family Without a Name

Leader of the Resistance (1889)

Into the Abyss (1889)

Caesar Cascabel

Travelling Circus (1889)

Show on Ice (1889)

Second Fatherland

Their Island Home (1900)

The Castaways Of The Flag (1900)

Barsac Mission

Into the Niger Bend (1919)

City in the Sahara (1919)

The Barsac Mission (1919)

Novels

Paris in the Twentieth Century (1863)

The Chase of the Golden Meteor (1909) aka The Hunt for the Meteor

The Lighthouse at the End of the World (1923) (with Michel Verne)




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