As I'm sure you already know, Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
Science fiction fans, and me, owe him a huge debt. If it wasn't for the aforementioned Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, I probably wouldn't have written Leviathan Rising, and he gets a brief mention in my latest Pax Britannia adventure Dark Side.
So, here's to you, Jules Verne. Happy 183rd Birthday!
And check out the Nautilus-inspired animated logo that's on Google's website today only!