“It’s not what is upon this island, but what is underneath that interests me.”

Otto Lidenbrock, Journey to the Center of the Earth

About the Author

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In many ways I’ve been called the father of modern science fiction. My father wanted me to be an attorney and sent me away to study law. Some of my most popular works included Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days, both of which have been turned into movies.


I passed away in 1905, but my books continued to be published after my death including The Golden Volcano and The Chase of the Golden Meteor, amongst many others. Some people suggest that my posthumously published volumes were heavily edited and re-written. No matter, my work was translated to more than 140 languages, making me one of the most translated writers of all time. My motion pictures like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island would have been a hoot, had I gotten to see them.


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