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New, superbly translated omnibus of five of Jules Verne’s most renowned stories: Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Circling the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, and Around the World in 80 Days.
“One of the best storytellers who ever lived.” — Arthur C. Clarke
In one dazzling decade, French novelist Jules Verne took readers to places they’d never gone before … the age of dinosaurs … the undersea realm of Atlantis … the craters and crevices of the moon … and a whirlwind tour of the planet earth!
Though he penned his unforgettable yarns in French, Verne plunked big parts of them down in America. And he himself possessed an American sassiness, nerve, and sense of humor, so Americans have returned the compliment: we’ve released dozens of Hollywood films based on his astonishing tales, and we’ve created the USS Nautilus, the NASA space missions, and other technological triumphs that have turned Verne’s visions into practical reality.
Here are Jules Verne’s best-loved novels in one convenient omnibus volume, but with a huge difference. This book features new, accurate, accessible, and unabridged translations of these five visionary classics, translations that are complete down to the smallest substantive detail, that showcase Verne’s farseeing science with unprecedented clarity, and that capture the wit, prankishness, and showbiz flamboyance of one of literature’s leading humorists and satirists. This is a Verne almost completely unknown to Americans … yet a Verne who has an uncannily American mind-set.
So these heroes and happenings are part of our heritage: Phileas Fogg chugging across the wild, wild west … the impossible underground journey of Professor Lidenbrock … the deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo … and a moon shot so realistic, it inspired U.S. astronaut Frank Borman a full century later.
Jules Verne was a science buff with a showbiz background, and finally these classic stories have a translator with the same orientation: Frederick Paul Walter is one of America’s foremost Verne scholars … But he’s also a scriptwriter, broadcaster, and part-time fossil hunter.
Enriched with dozens of classic illustrations, Amazing Journeys will be a family favorite in every home library.
“...a unique and impressive red, white, and blue-collar collection of refreshing translations of Verne that gives new life to some of the old storyteller’s most famous tales.” — Science Fiction Studies
“…this new version emphasizes the wit, theatricality, and brilliance captured by the writer in these remarkable tales. Here is a classic series of adventures that, in spite of technological advances, will still enthrall the reader, and should be part of every young person’s library.” — San Francisco Book Review
Jules Verne was born in 1828 into a French lawyering family in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes. Though his father sent him off to a Paris law school, young Jules had been writing on the side since his early teens, and his pet topics were the theater, travel, and science. Predictably enough, his legal studies led nowhere, so Verne took a day job with a stock brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies while also publishing short stories and novelettes of scientific exploration and adventure.
His big breakthrough came when he combined his theatrical knack with his scientific bent and in 1863 published an African adventure yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until his death in 1905, Jules Verne was one of the planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing more than sixty books. Other imaginative favorites by him include The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s Millions, Master of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks among the five most translated authors in history, along with Mark Twain and the Bible.
Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and amateur paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vice president from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media programs, articles, reviews, and papers on aspects of Jules Verne and has collaborated on translations and scholarly editions of three Verne novels: The Meteor Hunt, The Mighty Orinoco, and a special edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas for the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
1. Science and Showbiz: Going Places with Jules Verne