Narwhals, flying fish, sea horses,and a giant squid are some the sites you’ll see as you descend into a Google search today.
French science fiction writer Jules Gabriel Verne turned 183 today, and Google has honored the author of “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” with an animated Google logo shaped like a submarine with portholes you can look out to see the sea teeming with life.
In Verne’s most prolific years, he spun with tales about a giant squid attacking the Nautalis, a society that lived at the center of the Earth and what it would be like travel around the world in a balloon in 80 days.
Verne was, obviously, a man born ahead of his time. The saying “Truth in Fiction” didn’t escape Verne’s writings.
He was considered a futurist, making technological predictions that mankind would one day conquer space, air and underwater travel.
Perhaps his novels and predictions sparked the imagination of future generations, inspiring scientists and science fiction authors, alike.