Google doodle honours French novelist Jules Verne

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Google doodle on Jules Verne's birthday
California, Feb 8: The internet giant Google honoured the 183rd birthday of French science-fiction novelist Jules Gabriel Verne by featuring a special interactive doodle on its search engine home page on Tuesday, Feb 8.

The new Google doodle for Jules Verne painted the underwater life, which was the theme for many of his famous novels like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Dick Sand: A Captain At Fifteen and An Antartic Mystery. The company logo 'GOOGLE' has been depicted as a window of the ship that shows the underwater elements.

There is an interactive gear on the doodle, which users can change the direction of the ship. The three compass on the other side of the gear will show the changes according to changes on the gear.

Jules Verne was born on Feb 8, 1828, at Nantes to Pierre Verne and Sophie as the eldest of five children. As a child, he developed a great interest in travel and exploration, a passion he showed as a writer of adventure stories and science fiction.

The famous works of Jules Verne include:
* Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864
* From the Earth to the Moon, 1865
* Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, 1869
* Around the World in Eighty Days, 1873
* Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen, 1878
* The Castle of the Carpathians, 1892
* Propeller Island, 1895
* The Master of the World, 1904

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is regarded as the third most translated individual author in the world.

Jules Verne along with Hugo Gernsback and HG Wells, is often popularly referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction". Verne died on Mar 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

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