February 8, 2011 marks the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne, known to many as the father of science fiction. His most popular novels include Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne was a visionary who lived from 1828-1905. During his life, he wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before any practical means of exploring those realms had been developed. In 1863, Verne imagined what Paris in the 20th Century would look like, creating a world full of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network.
Now you can use that worldwide communications network to learn more about Verne, download free audio versions of his books and dive 20,000 leagues under the sea. Today’s Google Doodle honoring Verne is designed to appear like the portholes of a submarine – one that you can guide by either using the joystick to the right of the Doodle (if you’re on a PC) or by tilting your iPad or iPhone.
If you’re playing with Google’s Doodle alongside your kids, here’s a fun game for them (and you). Dive all the way down to the ocean floor and see what you can spot. There are lots of cool things to look at as you explore the deep blue, and when you hit the bottom, see if you can align the portholes with the coral on the ocean floor. It’s also made to spell Google.
The Telegraph notes that “Google has introduced a limited number of interactive doodle designs” in the past. ”The first fully interactive one was produced in May last year to celebrate the 30th birthday of Pac-Man with the character able to be moved by pressing arrow keys on the user’s keyboard.”
Enjoy the Google Doodle today, but take some time to explore audio versions of Jules Verne classics at Project Gutenberg’s site. Or to read Verne’s works online (in English), go to the IntraText Digital Library.
Source and Image: Telegraph