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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Sterling Illustrated Classics)

by Jules Verne (Author), William O'Connor (Illustrator)

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Go 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Sterling’s Illustrated Classics series, and see Jules Verne’s fantastic water-world as never before: through more than 70 stunning steampunk images illustrated by the incredible William O’Connor. Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing adventure is one of the earliest sci-fi novels ever written—and one of the most popular. Come on board the Nautilus and plunge below the waves with Captain Nemo on a voyage of exploration and imagination.

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Jules Verne is considered the “Father of Science Fiction” because of the power of this–his most famous novel.

“The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Goverments of several States on two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.

For some time past vessels had been met by ‘an enormous thing,’ a long object, spindle-shaped, occationally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale.”

It is this “something” that Professor Aronnaz sets out to encounter–and thus begins the most incredible underwater journey ever. From Atlantis to the South Pole, the reader is taken through dangers, surprises, and the unsurpassed majesty of the marine world.

Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author of all time, behind Disney Productions and Agatha Christie. His prominent novels have been made into films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.

Author and illustrator of the Dracopedia book trilogy, William O’Connor has also created over 5,000 illustrations for the gaming and publishing industries. In his 25-year career, O’Connor has worked with such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Impact Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Lucas Films, Activision, and many others. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is O’Connor’s first book with Sterling. He’s won more than 30 industry awards for artistic excellence, as well as ten contributions to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and several Chesley Nominations. O’Connor has taught and lectured around the United States. He’s exhibited his work at such industry shows as Illuxcon, New York Comic Con, and Gen Con. William lives with his family in New York.