Paris in the 20th Century
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Paris in the 20th Century

by Jules Verne
Release date: 1996
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: translation

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.

(updated 2018-05-22)

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