Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future

Cynthia McKanzie - AncientPages.com - Jules Verne (1828 – 1905) is widely regarded as the father of science fiction today. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps as an attorney, Verne became very interested in literature, and his passion for books led to a writing career.

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future

Jules Verne (1828-1905)

His science fiction stories were based on science and technology, and he inspired generations of scientists, inventors, and explorers. What is truly remarkable is that so many of Jules Verne’s inventions came true, and he was actually able to predict the future. It is fair to say he was, in many ways, a man ahead of his time. Here are some of Verne's inventions that came true.

1. Electric Submarines

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future

The Nautilus is the amazing submarine created by Captain Nemo of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

In his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jules Verne introduced us to an electric submarine that he named the Nautilus. It was a colossal size marine. It had a proper, formally arranged dining room as well as and other possible luxuries. It was a bit similar to other submarines, such as the three-passenger Alvin, which was power-driven by lead-acid batteries. The submarine in the novel was also fully powered by electricity. Nemo’s engineering plant for Nautilus is certainly the most extraordinary aspect of his design. The novel shows that the major character, Captain Nemo, details the submarine as "a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my vessel.

On behalf of his nautical protagonist, Verne conceived what was essentially an “all-electric” ship. This took place when the first practical applications of electricity were only a few decades old and a century before building any such ships became feasible.

2. Newscasts

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future


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In his book, In the Year 2889, Verne wrote, "instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every daybreak spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day." This is an amazingly accurate prediction of what a modern newscast is like.

Associated Press alleged that the first newscast started after Verne imagined it.

3. Solar Sails

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future


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Jules Verne conjectured about light-propelled spacecraft in his science fiction classic From the Earth to the Moon, in 1865. Scientists of today's world call this technology solar sails. Verne is believed to be the farsighted writer who gave his predictions and anticipations about modern technologies before their actual time.

Modern scientists think he predicted a lot of things that have happened because he was reading a lot and talking with people and he knew what was going on in the world around him.

4. Lunar Modules

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future

Early artist conception of lunar module landing on the moon. Credit: NASA, 1962 - CC BY 2.0 


Jules Verne also predicted today's Lunar module. In From the Earth to the Moon, he described "projectiles" he said that the machine could be used to take passengers to the Moon. He describes it as cone-shaped squad capsule. Verne imagined "a big gun going off and you get enough force to break through gravity.

This is yet another striking example of how Verne's ideas about how you do things were always grounded in material realities.

5. Skywriting

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future


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Verne used to shell out concentration towards all the things which were in his surroundings. "Advertisements" were one of them. In his writing "In the Year 2889," he described "atmospheric advertisements," which today we call sky writings.

He said, "everyone has noticed those enormous advertisements reflected from the clouds." "So large they may be seen by the population of whole cities or even entire countries."

6. Video Conferencing

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future


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Verne gave the idea about the communication that can hold between people who are sitting at two far-flung places while watching each other. In his book "In the year 2889" Jules Verne described the "phonotelephote" that is just akin to our videoconferencing technology. He wrote that phonotelephote enabled "the transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires."

7. Taser

Jules Verne: A Man Ahead Of His Time Who Predicted The Future


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Jules had the aptitude towards every diminutive thing in his surroundings. Though his major interest was vehicles, he did not stop touching the weapons. He gave the idea of a gun that delivers a strong jolt. In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, he wrote, "It was an electronic control device." The Teaser of today's world is very similar to the idea presented.

Verne wrote, "the balls sent by his gun are not ordinary balls, but little case of glass. These glass cases are covered with a case of steel and a weighted with the pellet of lead. They are real Leyden bottles. We can see in the history that in eighteenth century devices started using to store static electricity. He furthermore said that "into which the electricity is forced to a very high tension. With the slightest shock they are discharged, and he animal, however strong it may be, falls dead."

8. Splashdown Spaceship

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Apollo 14 returns to Earth, 1971. Credit: Public Domain

In From the Earth to the Moon, Verne imagined a spacecraft landing in the ocean and floating.

Verne is remembered today not only because he was a great storyteller but also because he was a genius with great scientific curiosity who predicted many inventions. There is no doubt that Jules Verne was a man ahead of his time.  MIT's Williams said.

His legacy lives on, and his works have contributed to the world of science.

Updated on November 27, 2023

Written by Cynthia McKanzie - AncientPages.com Staff Writer

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