Rumors of a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake have been around for years. David Fincher had been attached since 2010 but could never get his vision off the ground. Now, another A-list director has taken control of the Nautilus: Bryan Singer.
Science fiction books in 1893 are where science fiction film was in 1977. In both cases, the genre was... perhaps “in the doldrums” is too harsh a judgment. Certainly, enough significant work had appeared before 1893 and 1977 that one could, in those years, speak of the science fiction genre, in both media, as a…
When early science fiction novels were first translated into Chinese, the translators took a lot of liberties with the material, reinventing Jules Verne for Chinese readers. Author Ken Liu (The Grace of Kings) explains how this helped inspire him, in turn, to reinvent Chinese traditions for Western fantasy readers.
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.
It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth.
Jules Verne’s novels may have done as much as anything to spur man to new heights—literally.
A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of its most impressive hits depend on just what you mean by "prophecy."
When Jules Verne wrote about the fantastic submersible ship Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, there had already been several very successful submarines built and tested. And Verne, who always did his homework, was certainly aware of these. Which was his inspiration?
There have been two or three attempts to reboot Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea since Disney's classic 1954 version, none of them very successful. In 1984 Dino DeLaurentiis briefly considered filming an adaptation of the Verne novel. I was commissioned to create concept art meant to help sell the project.
Don't judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. There are countless aphorisms about looking below the surface of things, because you never know what you might find — for instance, if you looked below the surface of the Earth, you might find lost civilizations, underground empires, and/or lots and lots of…
Some of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy have put words on paper — only to see those words lost or destroyed. Before there were computers, manuscripts got burned or lost in the mail all the time. Here are the famous authors whose books were lost, destroyed, misplaced or erased.
For a brief period during the late 1890s, a wave of UFO sightings swept across the United States. Dozens of strange objects were seen sailing through the skies from coast-to-coast.
Sometimes scifi foreshadows the future with incredible accuracy (the fiction of Jules Verne, for instance, predicted the moon landing and the electric submarine) and sometimes not (he also imagined an Earth that had a core full of mastodons.) Today, we want to know your picks for the best and the worst predictions…
Did you know that there never was a balloon in Around the World in 80 Days? And that the Nautilus wasn't powered by atomic energy? You can blame Disney for establishing those lies as "fact"—but not for the other four big misconceptions about Jules Verne, one of the best writers of the 19th century.
Jules Verne is one of the best-known authors who ever lived. A record 300 movies, TV shows and plays have been based on his work and more are on their way. But although everyone knows Jules Verne much of what they know is wrong.
Twice a day, I pour my dog a bowl full of kibble, a specially formulated blend of barley, lamb, herring, and few other goodies I'm told will fully meet his nutritional needs. Sorting out my own nutritional needs is a bit more complicated. As much as I appreciate the variety afforded me by the bounty of fruits,…
Check out this weird timeline of book covers, showing which colors dominated on their Penguin book covers over the years. It looks like War of the Worlds had a long yellow period, while Journey to the Center of the Earth was cream-colored for decades. Arthur Buxton created this graphic to honor Jules Verne's 185th…
It's a space squid vs. a retro rocket! And it's a luminous, beautiful, funny tee designed by Kevlar51 to add to your collection. If you're in the States, your excuse is that it's Memorial Day, and you should have this shirt to honor the brave souls who gave their lives in the deadly space battles during the early…