Jules Verne, born in 1828 in Nantes, France, is best known for his adventure novels such as Around the World in 80 Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth. But his book Paris in the Twentieth Century actually predicted what Paris would look like more than a century after Verne’s birth.
The science fiction novel was first written by Verne in 1863, but it wasn’t published until 1994. Verne’s original publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, claimed the story was too unbelievable and that the sales would be disappointing. Verne’s protagonist in the book was living in a world driven by technology and business with gas-powered mobiles, glass skyscrapers and even a communication network. Fascinatingly, Verne somehow predicted the future of Paris and the whole world.
However, his lead character didn’t see the world as we see it nowadays. Verne’s world was a grim dystopian future where different cultures were set aside in order to clear the spotlight for violent technology.