Wow, we're already at #4 in the countdown. This week's entry may not be pure science, but they were critical to one aspect of it. Sit back, relax and enjoy a few good books.
Jules Verne and H.G. Wells
Authors and Fathers of Science Fiction
Jules Verne wrote 54 novels in his illustrious career along with plenty of short stories. He is best known for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days. Verne was not simply content with writing a compelling story, he wanted to make sure that what he was describing was possible. It is often noticed that From the Earth to the Moon is incredibly similar to the Apollo program. He is also credited with predicting many modern inventions.
HG Wells is best known for The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The War of the Worlds. Wells used the science fiction genre as a means of social commentary. He was not as detailed as Verne and did not research his ideas fully. Verne hated his writing for this reason. Many other believe it made for more fantastic stories.
So there you have it, the birth of science fiction. We are working our way to the end of this countdown and I am already thinking of a new one. I have a few ideas, but they will remain secret. Have a good day.