The adventure begins when eccentric German Professor Otto Lindenbrock and his nephew Axel decipher a coded note written in runic script by a sixteenth-century Icelandic alchemist. The message sends Lindenbrock and Axel on a journey to Snæfellsjökull, Iceland, in search of an extinct volcano and a secret crater that they believe leads to the center of the earth. With with their guide, Hans Bjelke, they make a daring dive into the crater. The three travelers encounter all kinds of dangers and strange phenomena—from an underground world populated with fossils of prehistoric mammals and gigantic mushrooms to primeval fish and giant marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a dazzling display of science fiction adventure writing. Includes a detailed biographical note on the author’s life.
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist, playwright, and poet who is best known for his enduring tales of adventure and discovery that include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne’s books about a variety of innovations and technological advancements—including the submarine, space travel, terrestrial flight and deep-sea exploration—years before they were practical realities, laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction. One of the most prolific, famous French novelists of all time, Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare.
“The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived.”
—Arthur C. Clarke
“No one told Jules Verne he was a science fiction writer, but he invented the 20th century.”
Price: $10.95 (paperback) | $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 262 pages
Book dimensions: 5.25 x 0.68 x 8 in
Published: October 28, 2020