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Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne
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The Jules Verne passion continues. THIS was the best one I've read yet, although it's difficult to compare them, they're all just so fantastic. But this was scarily prophetic. Well ... apart from the bleak, dystopian, totalitarian future. This was written in 1863 and lay undiscovered until 1965 and its authenticity has never been questioned. Verne's publisher turned it down as he thought it was too unbelievable. But Verne predicts computers, the Paris
Metro system, synthesizers .... he even has a huge lighthouse almost exactly where the Eifel Tower is! Personally, I don't know how he wrote it without travelling forward in time. Totally astounding. Not much of a story, but fascinating by its predictions.
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