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20,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne (1870) ; illustrated by Scott McKowen.
Jules Verne, 1828-1905
French author Jules Verne is considered the father of the science fiction genre. His highly entertaining, adventurous novels have been popular for well over a century, and he is seen as prescient: Much of what was "the future" in his novels has now come to pass. Verne has an engaging writing style--witty and fast-paced. For modern audiences, there is also humor in the science Verne didn't correctly predict! Verne's novels, first published in serial form, feature memorable characters, and much derring-do in unusual vehicles, such as hot-air balloons and submarines. Start with: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, originally published in 1870.
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