A question about "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Zsinj16, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. Zsinj16

    Zsinj16 New Member

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    Now usually when I read Science Fiction, I'm not a big fan of "victorian age" Science Fiction, but in this case I absolutely loved the novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne! Now, I have a question about this novel: When this sci-fi novel was written,which I assume was back in the early 1900s, was it considered speculative Sci-Fi, such as Tad Williams' "Otherland Saga" is considered now?
     
  2. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    I don't know that the term Science Fiction was even used back then, it was just considered litrature.

    HG Wells wrote around that time as well, and he still stands up today.
     
  3. FitzChivalry

    FitzChivalry A servant of Lord Arioch

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    Actually, Verne wrote that book somewhere in the 1860s...
    He is considered by many to be the first science fiction writer. So if he was first, i suppose the term didn't exist yet.

    Btw, what the hell is speculative sci fi?
     
  4. Kierk Soren

    Kierk Soren New Member

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    I think Z16 means speculative fiction as opposed to Sci/fi.
     
  5. FitzChivalry

    FitzChivalry A servant of Lord Arioch

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    Speculative Fiction is a generic name for Fantasy/SciFi/Horror.
     
  6. Shehzad

    Shehzad High Priest of Cainism

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    In retrospect, Jules Verne is one of the original SF writers, but there was really no demarcation of literature into categories back then. However, most authorities consider Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to be the first true SF novel.

    Verne and Wells are the true pioneers of SF. The interesting thing about Verne is that most of the predictions he made actually came true. I tend not to read him as straightforward SF, but rather as one of the classics.