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Old 06-26-2010, 02:41 PM   #12
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But maybe it's not "SF" but just "non scientifical" adventures... Like his travel to the center of the earth. It's not "just" adventures, but did it's really "SF" ?
Even the "Just an adventure" - "In search of Castaways", which I have read under the name "Capitains' Grants children" ;-) is full of information about just about anything. From geography, navigation skills, biology, marine technology, various society info (relevant to the time period) ...
What makes those books very valuable is that author dumps lots of facts on readers, without you realizing that ;-)

The Wikipedia has this to say about Vernes' Voyages Extraordinaires
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Verne's meticulous attention to detail and scientific trivia, coupled with his sense of wonder and exploration, form the backbone of the Voyages Extraordinaires. Part of the reason for the broad appeal of his work was the sense that the reader could really learn something of geology, biology, astronomy, paleontology, oceanography and the exotic locations and cultures of world through the adventures of Verne's protagonists. This great wealth of information distinguished his works as "encyclopedic novels".
There are Verne books that I did not enjoy THAT much. From the most famous ones: North Against South, Michael Strogoff, Off on a Comet,
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