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Jules Verne: The Universe in the Head

  When I was in junior high school, I watched Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon”.
  A few brave and intelligent men set off for the moon on a hollow shell, with a companion puppy, a fruit tree wrapped in straw, and a hen who planned to breed poultry on the moon. I was envious and disappointed at the time, thinking that there should be a seat for me next to those puppy hen fruit trees.
  I have longed for the moon. A rich second-generation classmate in the class has a Sirius telescope. I borrowed his telescope to look at the moon several times at night, but every time I saw nothing but a silvery white surface.
  I really want to know whether there are aliens, and I am also very concerned about whether I will be abducted by aliens, how big the universe is, where is the end of the universe, and what is outside the universe. At that time, my mind was full of curiosity about the universe and the world, and I was shy and introverted. I didn’t know who to ask for answers, so I was very lonely inside. I often go to the library to read “One Hundred Thousand Whys” and a magazine called “Mystery”, and finally I met Verne.
  I read “From the Earth to the Moon”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, and “Around the World in Eighty Days”.
  Verne’s most famous book should be “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. In the book, Verne created the submarine “Nautilus”, which is not only double-hulled and electrically propelled, but also can dive underwater indefinitely.
  I believe that Verne loved the sea. The slightly neurotic Captain Nemo doesn’t go anywhere, he just wants to stay in his Nautilus and walk through the sea. I don’t think he is a bad person. In fact, his heart is suffering and he is extremely lonely. . I think Verne wants to tell us that we come from the sea; in the end, we will return to the sea with our enthusiasm for the sea.
  The sea may be a source of inspiration for Jules Verne’s novels. When the sea breeze blows, the brave are about to set off. The happiness or misfortune of the past, the dream or the dream, all need to go to the sea to find the answer. In many of Jules Verne’s books, each beginning is an invitation from the sea. Whenever I read such an opening, I feel again that the sea has poured power into Verne, and this power seems to be pouring on me. Later, in a biography of Verne, I understood why he liked to describe the sea so much. He was born in Nantes, a seaport in western France, and lived and studied on a small island called Fayd by the sea until he graduated from middle school. His father was a very successful lawyer, and he wholeheartedly hoped that his son would inherit his father’s career. But Verne yearned for expeditions. At the age of 11, he volunteered to be a trainee on a ship and sailed to India, but was found by his family and took him home. For this reason, Verne was severely beaten, and he promised with tears: “In the future, I promise to only lie on the bed and travel in fantasy.”
  Verne did it. For 40 years, he sat at home and traveled 80,000 miles a day, surveyed the sky and watched a thousand rivers, and wrote year after year. In his imagination, he went to all the places he wanted to go. He has circled the earth many times, once in 80 days. He has sailed tens of thousands of miles under the sea, he has been to the moon, he has explored in the center of the earth… I simply think that Verne is a magical guy. He can go wherever he wants as long as he wants. In his writing career of more than 40 years, Verne took tens of thousands of notes and wrote 104 science fiction novels, with a total of seven to eight million words.
  Today, I no longer read those books by Verne. In the past, I paid close attention to every book written by Verne. Those inventions and creations that appeared after his death were written in such detail and accuracy in his novels that I felt that he was not a novelist, but rather a novelist. Like a scientist. And most of my interest in science is because of him. I made a candle that can burn longer and won the second prize in the school’s science and technology competition. I simulated the experiment that Verne mentioned in the book in the laboratory of the school, and set the laboratory on fire.
  For many years after that, my interest in science waned and I lost interest in many things. Lying on my bed in college, what I often dreamed was not aliens and cosmic dreams, but exams, or a giant beetle wandering around in a maze. When I wake up, sometimes it’s night time. I thought about it for a while, and couldn’t figure out what these dreams meant-whether it was my anxiety from the past or my own loneliness.
  I stood in front of the window, sometimes there were stars outside the window, sometimes not, the night was as cool as water. I know that certain times will never come back.

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