Paris in the 20th Century
Original title: Paris au XXe siecle (this book was written in 1863, but it was first published in 1994).
This book was translated into English in 1996.
In Paris of the 1960's, Michel Dufrenoy wins an award for a verse he's written in Latin. The audience is amused and his family is put out. In this society everyone is obsessed with technology and life is only to be lived efficiently.
This novel was originally rejected by publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel when Verne submitted it in 1863 on the basis that it was too fantastic a depiction of the future to be credible. The story was then found and published in 1994 when the manuscript was discovered by Verne's great grandson, and a shocking number of Verne's predictions of the 20th century were found to be amazingly true to life.
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828–1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869–1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) and The Mysterious Island (1875).
Jules Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. Consequently he is often referred to as the "Father of science fiction", along with H. G. Wells. Verne is the second most translated author of all time, only behind Agatha Christie, with 4162 translations, according to Index Translationum. Some of his works have been made into films.