Google Doodle Honors French Novelist Jules Verne

The internet search giant is celebrating the 183rd birthday of science fiction author Jules Verne today with a special “tilting” Google doodle for iPad and iPhone users.

In honor of the writer who gave us "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," Google Inc. has a special interactive logo today, letting you submerge a submarine deep below the water’s surface and explore its depths, using the lever on the right. Photo: Google

Have you been to Google’s homepage yet? The internet giant Google honoured the 183rd birthday of French science-fiction novelist Jules Gabriel Verne by featuring a special interactive doodle on its search engine home page today.

The new Google doodle for Jules Verne painted the underwater life, which was the theme for many of his famous novels like “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” “Dick Sand: A Captain At Fifteen” and “An Antartic Mystery.”

This special interactive Google Doodle depicts as a window of a submarine that the users can manipulate using the navigation stick to enjoy a view of various sea creatures.

“There’s a couple of surprises there, including an obligatory treasure chest, scary sea monsters and some corals shaped in a way that resembles a certain logo. Happy exploring!” writes Mashable’s Stan Schroeder.

Apple’s iPad and iPhone users who tilt their device can watch the water level move in any direction they wish. People with a traditional desktop computers can also interact with the doodle by moving the joystick on the right hand-side of the logo.

“It is perhaps fitting that the Frenchman, who pioneered the science fiction genre, is the subject of such an innovative design,” Laura Roberts writes at the Daily Telegraph (UK).

Jules Verne was born on Feb 8, 1828, at Nantes to Pierre Verne and Sophie as the eldest of five children. As a child, he developed a great interest in travel and exploration, a passion he showed as a writer of adventure stories and science fiction.

The famous works of Jules Verne include: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864); From the Earth to the Moon (1865); Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869); Around the World in Eighty Days (1873); Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen(1878); The Castle of the Carpathians (1892) and many others.

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. He is regarded as the third most translated individual author in the world.

Jules Verne along with Hugo Gernsback and HG Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”. Verne died on Mar 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

Google Inc. has introduced a limited number of interactive Doodle designs. 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. [via Mashable, The Next Web and The Telegraph (UK)]

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