Jules Verne and The Mysterious Island

Each generation finds its own Jules Verne: on stage, on television, in steampunk fiction and video games, but most of all at the movies. Ten screen versions of Mysterious Island (some faithful, others loosely based) precede the 2012 film...The truest mystery remains Verne's ability to imagine our world. Electric submarines, newscasts, bullet trains, calculators, gasoline-powered autos, solar sails, lunar modules, skywriting—he predicted it all. Videoconferencing. Faxes. Tasers. A worldwide communications net. And space capsules. On the Apollo 9 moon mission of 1969, the crew's splash-down in the Pacific was three miles from the co-ordinates specified by Jules Verne, 104 years earlier.