Jules Verne Forum



Re: Myths

From: Jan Rychlík <jan.rychlik~at~seznam.cz>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 22:58:03 +0200 (CEST)
To: Jules Verne Forum <jvf~at~Gilead.org.il>

Good idea, dear Garmt!

I would like to add two more myths:
1) That Verne visited Slovakia in 1893 to find inspiration for Le Château des Carpathes (which he actually wrote much earlier). This is myth is alive in Slovakia, of course. Few monts ago I reported it to the Forum with further details.
2) That Verne was a visionary, even an inventor, that the machines in his novels were his own predictions of future. I don't know how much alive is this myth abroad, but I was striken, how much it is in our country. All the broadcasts, all the articles devoted to Verne's centennial not only included this myth, but were virtually grounded on it. An "encyclopedia of Verne's inventions" is even scheduled for publication! So Verne is not considered man of letters at all.
It seems to me that Verne rather transformed contemporary scientific visions into literature in his "sci-fi" novels than invented his own.


Jan Rychlik

================= Původní zpráva =================
Od (From): "Garmt de Vries" <G.deVries~at~phys.uu.nl>
Komu (To): "Jules Verne Forum" <jvf~at~Gilead.org.il>
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Předmět (Subject): Myths
Datum (Date): 1. 4. 2005 10:15

> Hi all,
> During discussions at the Mondial, and from the many newspaper articles
> that are appearing right now, I noticed that quite a few legends
> concerning Jules Verne are still floating around. I thought it would be
> nice to prepare a web page a la "Myth busters" that tries to debunk all
> the rubbish stories, and also to indicate how, when and where the legends
> originated. A very rough draft, just to give you an idea of what I have in
> mind, can be found at http://www.phys.uu.nl/~gdevries/myths/
> These are just some quick note I jotted down, and at some point I'll
> elaborate more on each of them.
> Suggestions for more myths and legends are welcome. I can't promise I'll
> add them straight away (many other things on my hands), but if the myth is
> sufficiently widespread, I'll address it eventually.
> Cheers,
> Garmt.

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