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Mon May 4, 2020, 05:57 PM

 

The unexpected delights of too much time. (Jules Verne)

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So, I was watching a Great Courses vid on the history of science-fiction, which led me to a Jules Verne novel I hadn't heard of.

"Paris in the Twentieth Century", written in 1863, written about the year 1960, not published until 1994. That's right, a Jules Verne complete novel went unpublished for 130 years. Crazy!

Not only that, I think it's one of the best things he ever wrote. It is dark, and cynical, and dystopian...a far cry from his usual techno-optimism.

Here's a quote:
“Literature is dead, my boy' the uncle replied. 'Look at these empty rooms, and these books buried in their dust; no one reads anymore; I am the guardian of a cemetery here, and exhumation is forbidden".


And the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_in_the_Twentieth_Century

And a free PDF: https://epdf.pub/paris-in-the-twentieth-century.html

I think this might qualify as the first steampunk novel, Enjoy!

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Mon May 4, 2020, 06:19 PM

1. Thank you for the post

Will definitely read.

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Mon May 4, 2020, 07:16 PM

2. I just started rereading the Verne classics this week

This one isn't in the collection. Many thanks!

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