From a dirigible soaring high above the city to a submarine stalking naval ships from the ocean depths, from a rocket blasting off to the moon to an expedition to the center of the earth, Jules Verne's imagination took readers places they never dreamed of going and, in the process, created a new genre: science fiction. And, with the current popularity of the steampunk genre, Verne's impact on storytelling is as vital as ever. Come join French author Jean-Christophe Valtat (Aurorarama
) and Litquake as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of Verne's debut novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon
. Valtalt's previous novel has been described as "what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms." Borderlands bookstore owner Alan Beatts will moderate the discussion, and there will be complimentary cocktails and a guest reading by actress Tina Marie Murray.
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