Science Fiction Predictions Jules Verne
About the predictions of major sci-fi writer Jules Verne in his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea including a number of his successful predictions.
Predictor: JULES VERNE
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was perhaps the first SF author to warrant the name. His extraordinary voyages, whether set on Earth or out among the planets, revealed the glowing wonders of a science marveling at its new discoveries. Verne's first success was Five Weeks in a Balloon, but his best-known books are Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (filmed by Walt Disney), From the Earth to the Moon, and The Mysterious Island (also put on the screen).
Book: TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Published in 1873.
* Self-propelled submarines capable of diving to the ocean's floor, maneuvering underwater, and moving at high speeds beneath the surface of the waves.
* Practical demonstrations of electrical power.
* Electrical clocks that are more accurate than other kinds.
* Electrical stoves and heating coils.
* Electrical generators and motors used in propelling large engines.
* Electrical lights and high-beam searchlights.
* Underwater aqualungs capable of sustaining life for hours at a stretch.
* Practical wetsuits to enable divers to work on the ocean floor.
* Submarine warfare, which renders surface ships helpless against hidden attack.
* Discovery of the South Pole (in Verne's version, most of the polar region is underwater).
* Seaweed cigarettes, complete with nicotine content.
* Underwater air guns using glass electric shells that shock their prey.
* Utilization of the ocean as a source for all food (the submarine Nautilus provisions itself entirely from the sea).
* Discovery of the ruins of Atlantis on the ocean bottom.
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