Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 6

Jules Verne (8 Feb. 2012)

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Jules Verne is the ultimate futurist, with a legacy of sci-fi adventure stories predicting everything from fuel cell technology to viral advertising. The extraordinary voyages of Jules ... See full summary »

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Jules Verne is the ultimate futurist, with a legacy of sci-fi adventure stories predicting everything from fuel cell technology to viral advertising. The extraordinary voyages of Jules Verne span from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Moon. Written by Anonymous

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Astonishingly accurate for his time
19 November 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This documentary consists of expert interviews(physicists, researchers, film-makers, etc.), film clips, reenactments, real footage, computer simulations and narration. It goes into the inspiring sci-fi author Jules Verne.

Covering his many revolutionary ideas, we see his predictions about going into space, such as to the moon, firing a cannon beyond our planet(not into the sun, mind you), the submarine and in general traveling under the sea, using electricity and nuclear power to run large machines, taser-weaponry for US police to abuse so they don't have to repress their aggressive and violent tendencies, hydrogen as clean fuel which should be able to replace fossils, a soaring stronghold(still only theoretical), grand weapons of destruction(as a cautionary tale), and in a dystopian vision of a world where technology prevents people from connecting with each other(…huh, sounds a lot like today), cars and the internet.

Along the way, we find out about his own experiences, as well. His restless imagination driving ahead his novels and his darker takes on concepts hidden(altered into more crowd-pleasing versions) by his publisher(eventually channeled into Robert the Conqueror, the prototypical super-villain bent on(of course!) world domination).

I recommend this to any fan of the writer. 8/10


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