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Science Minds Countdown, #4

Posted by AlienCG on July 15, 2009

Wow, we’re already at #4 in the countdown.  This week’s entry may not be pure science, but they were critical to one aspect of it.  Sit back, relax and enjoy a few good books.

Jules Verne and H.G. Wells
Authors and Fathers of Science Fiction

Jules Verne wrote 54 novels in his illustrious career along with plenty of short stories.  He is best known for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days.  Verne was not simply content with writing a compelling story, he wanted to make sure that what he was describing was possible.  It is often noticed that From the Earth to the Moon is incredibly similar to the Apollo program.  He is also credited with predicting many modern inventions.

HG Wells is best known for The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The War of the Worlds.  Wells used the science fiction genre as a means of social commentary.  He was not as detailed as Verne and did not research his ideas fully.  Verne hated his writing for this reason.  Many other believe it made for more fantastic stories.

So there you have it, the birth of science fiction.  We are working our way to the end of this countdown and I am already thinking of a new one.  I have a few ideas, but they will remain secret.  Have a good day.

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6 Responses to “Science Minds Countdown, #4”

  1. dmarks said

    A while ago, I read a story about space travel written by Cyrano de Bergerac. It was rather fanciful, but I think it was definitely on the science-fiction side. I call him the father of science fiction based on that. Or perhaps he was the grandfather.

  2. I am a big Verne fan. And I love the Island of Dr. Moreau… walk on two legs not four… the house of pain!

  3. churlita said

    Nice post. Nice choice. I read them both when I was younger. I don’t agree that the story has to be possible. That’s why I might be a bigger H G Wells fan.

  4. laura b. said

    I tend not to be a huge SF fan, but I do like Verne and Wells. The Time Machine is a great favorite of mine. I have to appreciate you including authors in your Great Minds of Science countdown 🙂

  5. dmarks said

    Speaking of Dr. Moreau, there’s actually a movement afoot in Congress to outlaw manimals.

  6. Seb said

    I need to read some HG Wells, I think I read the Time Machine back in the day, but I need to explore his work.

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