Image source: Voyage dans la Lune filmed by Georges Méliès in 1902
What was the difference between Verne’s stories and the ones of Herbert George Wells?
Jules Verne wrote mainly adventures stories, Wells wrote Science Fiction stories. Wells is the true “father of SF”. Verne described his machines based upon certain knowledge of his time, and he matured that idea or that knowledge, and developed it. Verne explains his inventions very well, and with a lot of details – he ‘invariably presents a credible scientific hypothesis and spins a tale of high adventure around an investigation of its possible consequences’*. Wells, on the other hand, invented his machines, which were not based on any scientific knowledge of his time. His machines were constructed with materials that did not exist, and the phenomena that occur in Wells’ stories are not quite explained. They are just Science fiction.
from ‘Jules Verne FAQ‘
This is a publishing BLOOPER!
Yes, this is an H G Wells story, BUT look at the title on the cover. Marvel got it wrong, and said Jules Verne wrote it! Inside it does say H. G. Wells
from ‘Collecting Jules Verne‘
AND just for the record…
* ‘Introduction’ – ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne (Wordsworth Editions Ltd 1996)
A new book by French historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello, La Silhouette, naissance d’un défi, describes the change in the use of the word silhouette in the 20th century. In the 18th century, a silhouette was a portrait cut from paper and style favored women who were pulpeuses, or curvy. Then along came Coco Chanel, Madame Grès, and Madeleine Vionnet, and out went the corset. Liberté! Now the style was for long, thin bodies and sillhouette was the term for the female form.
It’s ironic that what the designers intended to liberate women now enslaves them. Corsets had provided a sillhouette where none existed naturally. A tiny waist was possible, thanks to whalebone and an enormous capacity for discomfort. Post-corset, a woman’s true sillhouette was on display for good or for ill.
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