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Paris in the Twentieth Century

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Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne
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Oct 21, 1997 | ISBN 9780345420398

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“Jules Verne was the Michael Crichton of the 19th century.”The New York Times

“For anyone interested in the history of speculative fiction . . . this book is an absolute necessity.”—Ray Bradbury

“Verne’s Paris is a bustling, overcrowded metropolis teeming with starving homeless and ‘vehicles that passed on paved roads and moved without horses.’ Years before they would be invented, Verne has imagined elevators and faxmachines. It was a vision Verne’s editor flatly rejected. Contemporary readers know better.”People

“An excellent extrapolation, founded on 19th-century technical novelties, of a future culture.”The Washington Post Book World

“Verne published nearly seventy books, many of them now considered classics. But this little jewel catches him just reaching stride as a writer of science fiction, a genre that he, of course, helped put on the literary map.”The Denver Post

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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