February 8th, is the Jules Verne's 183rd birthday and Google Australia s showcasing a special logo to remember him. Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 -- March 24, 1905) was a French Breton author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is also referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction."
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.
His most notable novel was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
This doodle tries to capture the sense of adventure and exploration. Using CSS3, the doodle enables anyone to navigate the Nautilus down (nearly) 20,000 leagues with the simple pull of a lever. And for those using devices with built-in accelerometers and the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox, it's even simpler--just tilt your device in the direction you want to explore and the Nautilus will follow.
So voyage below (and above) the waves to see what you can discover... just make sure to keep an eye out for the giant squid.
Here's a video of the interactive Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea logo:
Jules doodle in full HD:
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