Like a lot of other people before me, I got interested in science fiction because of Jules Verne. When I was little my dad had a book with Verne’s biggest stories (you know the ones; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, etc) and it had these gorgeous full-page paintings depicting the scenes and then smaller, black and white lithographs there among the words. It’s the first book I ever read and I read it before I could even read.

But, nostalgia aside, today I got to wondering what Verne’s stories would have been like had he been born in the information age. Here are some suggestions:

Around the galaxy 380 days

Verne was all about the technology. And although something like Captain Nemo’s submarine is possible nowadays, in the days of Jules Verne it was as much science fiction as faster than light travel is today. Sure, submarine’s existed but they could hardly go below the surface. We have yet to explore even the other planets in our own solar system, let alone the whole galaxy. I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds like a job for Jules Verne.

Journey through the black hole

Verne’s signature touch, even above technology was taking us to places we had never seen before. And while black holes cause a lot of speculation among physicists and especially among science fiction fans and writers, the truth is, we have no clue what – if anything – lies beyond.

(Image via Vilseskogen

20 000 leagues under the sea

I really believe that space travel would feature heavily in Verne’s modern fiction, but there are still so many things we don’t know about the planet we ourselves live on. I believe there’s lots of cause for Captain Nemo to ride again into the Mariana Trench for instance.

Under the crust

Although the days of the great explorers are long gone, there are still corners on this Earth that haven’t been explored, as I’ve already mentioned. Some of the most dangerous, most intriguing places still to be explored are the large cave systems especially the ones that are under water. They require not only experience and knowledge about caving (apparently, spelunking is only for the amateurs), but also specialized equipment and nerves of steel in case you get stuck. In a cave. Under water. Oh my.