Google new innovative doodle to mark French science fiction writer Jules Gabriel Verne’s 183rd birthday. The doodle honours Verne’s most famous fiction ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea‘ (1870), which tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine ‘Nautilus’ as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax.
Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author from Brittany 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). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated individual author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Verne, along with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction“.
The Google logo on February 8,2011 takes the form of the portholes of a submarine with an interactive lever on the side that can be flicked up, down or sideways to plunge the machine deeper into the sea. Through the portholes, users get a glimpse of the various forms of marine life.