Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 16, 2005
Jules Verne, the father of science fiction, may have died 100 years ago, but heÂs still pretty lively. The world will mark the centenary of VerneÂs death with an international Jules Verne festival in France. Jackie Chan recently starred in a new film version of ÂAround the World in 80 Days.Â Even a real space ship-- the transfer vehicle designed to supply the new international space station--bears the authorÂs name. Now Lulu, a web site that gives creators the power to publish their work directly to consumers, has assembled a new version of the lost Verne classic, "The Underground City".
While Verne is best known as a visionary whose work introduced fantastic inventions like submarines and flying machines to Victorian readers, he apparently also nurtured an affection for Scotland, which provides the setting for ÂThe Underground City,Â a novel set in a utopian society dwelling on the shore of a subterranean lake 1,500 feet below the Scottish countryside. The book was originally published in Paris in 1877 as ÂLes Indes NoiresÂ ("The Black Indies").
The new edition of ÂThe Underground CityÂ relies on an English translation originally published in 1911 and salvaged for posterity through the efforts of Project Gutenberg a network of volunteers dedicated to creating a free library of electronic texts of works in the public domain that might otherwise be lost to history. One dollar from the sale of each copy of VerneÂs classic on Lulu.com will be donated to support Project Gutenberg. Lulu also offers its own edition of the classic adventure Â20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.Â Both books are available at http://www.lulu.com/UndergroundCity.
About Lulu : Founded by Bob Young (co-founder and former chairman of Red Hat), Lulu provides independent publishers with free access to on-demand publishing tools for books, e-books, music, images and calendars. Over 20,000 titles are available through Lulu. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.