Today Google has an interactive logo that lets you act as a submarine controller controlling the depth underwater while looking through windows shaped like Google. Look around at the nice illustrations of coral, fish, human explorers and huge sea monsters. Let go of the control and you will slowly be pushed up to the surface of the water. At first I wasn’t quite sure what the logo was celebrating until I clicked on it and found it pointing to Jules Gabriel Verne who wrote the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Here is some more info about Verne:
Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author from Brittany who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated individual author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.
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