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Old 08.02.2011, 01:52
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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

Born 8th February, 1828 - a futurologist, and one of the fathers of science-fiction.

Most people here will know one or more of his books, by name or topic, if not perhaps having read him.

One of his greatest pieces - Paris in the 20th Century - was written in 1863, but suppressed by his publisher because as he said "I was not expecting perfection — to repeat, I knew that you were attempting the impossible — but I was hoping for something better."
His publisher went on to say that "In this piece, there is not a single issue concerning the real future that is properly resolved, no critique that hasn’t already been made and remade before. I am surprised at you ... [it is] lacklustre and lifeless."

The manuscript was locked away and only rediscovered in 1989, and finally published in French in 1994, and in English in 1997.

The story is of a dystopian Paris long off in the future of the 1960s with skyscrapers, high-speed trains, petrol-driven cars and so on with aspects of science at the expense of the arts, mutually assured destruction, global communications and the dominance of financial institutions. A future where women have become "cynical, ugly, neurotic career women".

Not bad for a 150-year-old book. I can heartily recommend it.

Bon Anniversaire, Jules!
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Re: Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

That's great, I totally didn't know it was his birthday. I'll have to read some of his books again. and I didn't even know the "new" book from him.

thanks so much for pointing it out
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i love these types of books
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The story is of a dystopian Paris long off in the future of the 1960s with skyscrapers, high-speed trains, petrol-driven cars and so on with aspects of science at the expense of the arts, mutually assured destruction, global communications and the dominance of financial institutions. A future where women have become "cynical, ugly, neurotic career women".
Wow, this man's a prophet too.
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Great Google front page too .
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I liked his books when I was young Hey, Jeem you also produce some good science fiction pieces on the EF in other section... Close Encounters Of The Nth Kind
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Re: Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

What's the connection with Jules Verne and Zurich to have a bar named afrer him?
Is it just that the Jules Verne bar in ZH is attached to the Brasserie Lipp restaurant which is (I hearda) the oldest restaurant in Paris?
A couple of years ago I asked the bar staff in the Jules Verne bar (the bar's interior used to be designed like a 19th century hot air balloon) but they didn't know.
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What's the connection with Jules Verne and Zurich to have a bar named afrer him?
Is it just that the Jules Verne bar in ZH is attached to the Brasserie Lipp restaurant which is (I hearda) the oldest restaurant in Paris?
A couple of years ago I asked the bar staff in the Jules Verne bar (the bar's interior used to be designed like a 19th century hot air balloon) but they didn't know.
It's marketing, purely and simply because it's "up a tower"

It's a direct lift of the name from the Jules Verne Restaurant set in the Tower Eiffel in Paris; same tactic, as the way the name of Brasserie Lippe has been lifted.

No connection at all with Verne himself - and the observatory itself is named for Urania, the Greek muse of astronomy.
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