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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

So, according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, it’s some guy called Jules Verne‘s birthday today: born 8th February, 1828.  We’ve never heard of him, but apparently he’s quite well known. Wrote a bunch of books back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

From the Earth to the Moon20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Mysterious Island. Master of the World. Voyage to the Centre of the EarthAround the World in Eighty Days. Mean anything to anyone?  Nah, us neither, but apparently some of these books have even been filmed. Go figure.

Well, we’re not gonna beat ourselves up over it; we can’t be expected to know everything – even if he is widely regarded as being one of the two founding fathers of science fiction (alongside some other obscure writer by the unlikely name of H.G. Wells). Allegedly.  Listen, if you believe all this stuff about how important Monsieur Verne was, we suggest you head over to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and read all about him, there.

Us? Sorry, but we just don’t buy it. . .