Paris in the Twentieth Century

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Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne
Paperback $14.00

Oct 21, 1997 | 256 Pages

  • Paperback $14.00

    Oct 21, 1997 | 256 Pages

Author Essay

Like I can turn down a novel by Jules Verne.  

What can you say about the man who wrote 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH?  It’s thanks to Verne that the genre of science fiction even exists!  His works led to those of Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Michael Crichton–an entire century worth of masters of adventure.  His genius led generations of talented people to write, compose music, make movies, and most important of all, read.  

Not that we were likely to be publishing his next novel.

But lo! and behold, there was a next novel.  And it was science fiction!  Woo-hoo!

In PARIS IN THE 20TH CENTURY, Verne hypothesized some pretty bizarre stuff:  automobiles, fax machines, elevators, even mega-corporations.  Too weird to publish, so he was rejected–just waiting for Lester and Judy Lynn Del Rey to get their imprint off the ground.  And I was lucky enough to be around when the time was right.
                        –Steve Saffel, Senior Editor        

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