Friday, 19 November 2010

Jules Verne

Jules Verne founded science fiction with H G Wells, he wrote his stories in the nineteeth century expressing his fascination for scientific inventions and experiments. The books were usually in the form of a travel journey so that the readers can experience the incrediable journey through the eyes of the characters.

"Ah - what a journey - what a marvelous and extraordinary journey! Here we had entered the earth by one volcano, and we had come out by another. And this other was situated more than twelve hundred leagues from Sneffels, from that drear country of Iceland cast away on the confines of the earth... We had abandoned the region of eternal snows for that infinite verdure, and had left over our heads the gray fog of the icy regions to come back to the azure sky of Sicily!" (from A Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864)
I found this quote at and felt this was a good example of Verne's inspiration of passion for amazing discovery and adventure in the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which I am currently looking at in my project.

Verne followed through his passion for expedition in real life spending most of his time travelling to different locations for his research on the books. He tried to be realistic and practical with his ideas unlike the bug - eyed monsters seen in Sci Fi movies today.

His works include Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 leagues under the sea and Five weeks in a Balloon.

These are Verne's illustrations for the book 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' they show the original ideas that Verne envisioned for the creatures and environments written in his story. The scales of the amazing spaces can be appreciated and they are almost cinematic in the way the images are composed, this will be good inspiration for more space concepts as they are lacking the dynamic scale that these images have.

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