Happy Birthday, Jules Verne: 10 Verne creations that inspired modern tech

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Thor Jensen
Feb 8, 2014

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One of the most influential writers in science fiction history turns 186 today. Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, and many other stories, laid the groundwork for speculative fiction in the 1800s. And, like many futurists, the world was just a little slow to catch up. In this gallery, we’ll explore ten inventions that Verne made up and later became cold, hard reality.