February 7, 2002

Imagination Island

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The Industrial Revolution had barely gotten its feet off of the ground when a young Frenchmen was spinning tales of fantasy, adventure, and scientific creation. In a time and place that limited man to the borders of the land and the surface of the sea, Jules Verne disallowed reality to limit his own imagination and creativity. Verne was the Gene Roddenberry of his time, conceiving of the airplane, submarine, guided missile, television, and space satellites in the late 1800s, when he published the majority of his science fiction novels.