Google goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

| February 8, 2011 | Reply

To commemorate the Science Fiction pioneer Jules Verne who was the creator of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Google has created one of their coolest doodles yet. If you don’t know, Google creates doodles to go with special occasions, but this one is one of the most interactive ones I have seen just yet. Users can mess around with a handle to create a “sea sickness” view of an underwater view. Go ahead and travel around using the lever and see what Google hides benieth its deepest waters. Check out more sourced material below on Jules Verne… Go to to see the doodle!

Fondly regarded as the father of science fiction, who foresaw a range of technological innovations long before their arrival, Jules Verne can probably be forgiven for failing to predict the internet.
Or, for that matter, that his life would one day be honoured by Google’s latest doodle, which went live on Tuesday to mark the French author’s 183rd birthday.
In honour of Verne’s most famous novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the new doodle takes the form of the portholes of a submarine.
A lever on one side can be manipulated to plunge the submarine deeper into the sea, which appears to be populated by various forms of sea life.
Born in Brittany in 1828, Verne is credited with forecasting a range of scientific developments, from deep sea exploration to space travel and the moon landings.
As well as 20,000 Leagues, which tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, Verne wrote A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days.
However, perhaps the work most salient in the context of Google’s appropriation of Verne’s memory is Paris in the Twentieth Century, which was originally rejected by Verne’s publisher and only made it into mass print form in 1994.
A dystopian tale, the book centred on 16-year-old Michel Dufrénoy, who graduates in literature and the classics but finds they have been forgotten in a futuristic society that has been taken over by business and technology.
Whether the ironies of the story were appreciated by those at the controls of the increasingly powerful internet giant is unclear.
At the very least, the latest doodle is the continuation of something of a literary theme. Recent doodles have been inspired by Robert Burns, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.

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