Monday, May 26, 2014

Free Science Fiction Classics Download - The Works of Jules Verne ([1911]) Edition As Resource For Your Old School Science Fiction Campaigns

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This is the collected works of Jules Verne scanned from the 1911 version of his works and it contains the artwork, end plates,etc. all scanned in glorious colour. All of the his classic works are here. 
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To say I'm a fan of the works of Jules Verne is pretty much an understatement. He is one of the modern fathers of science fiction and adventure entertain literature. His influence and reputation are legendary. So when I stumbled upon this 1911 edition of his works I had to share. These stories make a fantastic resource for gaming and I can't even begin to go over all of this material. But its all here for DM's to use.
A few of my OD&D and AD&D first edition DM's or mentors were huge Verne fans and made sure I read through every single piece of his works. 

The thing about Jules Verne's work is that everyone reads it in school but very few folks actually read the unabridged editions which contain very useful tid bits here and there that can be used to link quite a few adventures together. 
From OD&D to Call of Cthulhu this is a seminal resource. 
What's in the collection: 

v. 1. Jules Verne. A drama in the air. The watch's soul. A winter on the ice. The pearl of Lima. The mutineers. Five weeks in a balloon. v. 2. A trip to the center of the earth. Adventures of Captain Hatteras: The English at the North pole.--v. 3. Adventures of Captain Hatteras: The desert of ice. A trip from the earth to the moon.--v. 4. In search of castaways: South America, Australia, New Zealand.-- v. 5. Twenty thousand leagues under the sea. The mysterious island: Dropped from the clouds.-- v. 6. The mysterious island: Dropped from the clouds (cont'd) The abandoned. The secret of the island.--v. 7. A floating city. The blockade runners. Round the world in eighty days. Dr. Ox's experiment.--v. 8. The survivors of the Chancellor. Michael Strogoff

v. 9. Off on a comet. The underground city.--v. 10 Dick Sands: A captain at fifteen. The dark continent. Measuring a meridian.--v. 11. The five hundred millions of the begum. The tribulations of a Chinaman in China. The giant raft: Eight hundred leagues on the Amazon.--v. 12. The giant raft: The cryptogram. The steam house: The demon of Cawnpore. Tigers and traitors.--v. 13. The Robinson Crusoe school. The star of the south. Purchase of the North pole.--v. 14 Robur the conqueror. The master of the world. The sphinx of ice.--v. 15. The exploration of the world: The world outlined. Seekers and traders. Scientific exploration

Here's the briefest of looks from Wiki on Verne: 
Born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, Verne was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages Extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the EarthTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days

Want to know more about Jules Verne then go right over to HERE
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The Maps From Verne's 
Extraordinary Voyages 
What are some of the most important things to DM's and table top role players? Maps of course and so here are a selection of maps with annoitation for the works of Verne's Extraordinary Voyages.
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 More Verne Resources 

More of his works right HERE
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  1. Verne is an awesome author and a great resource for gaming. I did not previously know about the maps you linked to--so thanks for that! Another great post!

  2. Glad you liked it and we've got another one coming up tomorrow. The maps were given to me by my Dad who loves Verne as much as I do and whose attention to detail goes far beyond my own.


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