My history hero: Jules Verne (1828–1905)

Rock star Rick Wakeman explains why he admires a 19th-century novelist

French writer and futurist Jules Verne. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a prolific French novelist best known for his adventure stories such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. He wrote more than 70 novels, most notably the 60 or so comprising the Voyages Extraordinaires series. One of the most translated authors of all time, his books have also been adapted for the big screen. He vies with Britain’s HG Wells for the honour of the title ‘Father of Science Fiction’.

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