The "Father of Science Fiction", Jules Gabriel Verne is considered a major literary writer in his native France and around Europe. Some of his books include Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). In love with literature and theatre, Verne also wrote several plays. In his works, scientific facts dialogue with his adventure narratives, revealing Verne’s constant effort to combine his two fields of interest.
His fictional work Around the World in Eighty Days describes the challenge of a trip around the world made possible by some new technologies in the Industrial Revolution era. Two travellers, the London gentleman Phileas Fogg and his emotional butler Passepartout, leave for the daring enterprise to win a bet. They travel on a steamer to Egypt and towards India, jump on a train to reach Calcutta, cross the China Sea until Hong Kong and Japan, visit San Francisco and New York to eventually return to Britain crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The breathtaking story has inspired real trips, theatrical and literary adaptations, such as Nellie Bly’s novel, beside television and radio programmes, cartoons, board games and even attractions in amusement parks.