The Man Who Invented the Future: Stunning Mid-Century Illustrations of Jules Verne’s Visionary Imaginings
By Maria Popova
Regarded as a godfather of science fiction, Jules Verne (February 8, 1828–March 24, 1905) coined the term “imaginary voyages.” “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real,” he wrote in Around the World in Eighty Days.
Mid-century illustrator Peter P. Plasencia translates many of Verne’s visionary imaginings into a stunning visual reality in Franz Born’s 1964 book Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future (public library) — a light but excellent primer on the beloved author’s life and legacy.
Currently out of print, Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future is well worth hunting down online and at your local public library — the screen does Plasencia’s artwork no justice.
Published February 16, 2011