Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sci Fi, Dr. Who, and Other Geek-Chic Things:)

This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to perform burlesque at a Steam punk Ball. I loved seeing everyone's time travel/Victorian/mechanical inspired costumes. It was a great event and wonderful time was had by all! After the event, I went home and dorked out to a few Dr. Who episodes. My weekend was a lovely, anachronistic-Sci Fi inspired time.
So, why not talk about the "Father of Science Fiction" and quintessential steam punk icon, Jules Verne. Huzzah! Let's do this.
  • Jules Verne was born on Feb. 8, 1828. A fellow Aquarius! Top drawer!
  • He is considered the "Father of Science Fiction" due to his imaginative, other-worldly novels such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in 80 days.
  • He is the most translated author in the world.
  • His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. When he decided to pursue writing instead, his father cut him off. To make some money, he became a stock broker...which he hated, but he made some descent dough at it.
  • He was friends with Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas
  • He was shot in the leg by his 25 year old, mentally ill nephew. After that, he had a limp for the rest of his life.
  • Before he wrote stories, he wrote lyrics for operas.
  • The Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea predated powered submarines by 25 years. In 1886, the first electric submarine was named The Nautilus to pay honor to Verne's creation.
  • He published at least one book a year for 40 years. Hardest working man in writing!
  • For a long time, Verne's books were considered to be reading material for children and young people. This is mainly due to poor translations of his book that simplified his language so it seemed like children's literature. New translations of his work are now available and show a more complex side to his writing.
Here's a necklace that needs no translation: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72891668/jules-verne-necklace-steampunk-victorian

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