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Saya baca novel sains-fiksyen (sai-fi) berjudul Journey To The Center Of The Earth selama 2 jam. Novel sai-fi ini asalnya diterbitkan pada tahun 1864 ke bahasa Inggeris dari bahasa Perancis. Edisi yang saya miliki adalah cetakan 2004 oleh penerbit Hinkler Books Pty Ltd, Australia.

Pada awalnya novel klasik ini mendapat banyak kritikan kerana fakta-fakta yang kurang tepat dari segi ‘unsur-unsur dan kehidupan dalam bumi’. Walaupun begitu, bagi saya ianya sebuah novel yang menarik dan isinya tertumpu kepada teori penulis terhadap batu-batan, unsur, fosil dan kehidupan di dalam perut bumi.


A Journey to the Center of the Earth (French:
Voyage au centre de la Terre), also translated as A Journey to the Interior of the Earth, is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves a German professor (Otto Lidenbrock in the original French,[1] Professor Von Hardwigg in the most common English translation[2]) who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. The living organisms they meet reflect geological time; just as the rock layers become older and older the deeper they travel, the animals become more and more ancient the closer the characters approach the center.

Salah satu komen novel ini begini
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Written in 1864 this novel is a remarkable look into the future. Although students will recognize scientific predictions that were based on inaccurate assumptions, language that is somewhat antiquated, and a beginning that proceeds at a leisurely pace, they will appreciate Verne's ability to weave into the story information and questions about science that will keep them in a state of curiosity and wonderment.

Since the novel moves at a slower pace than action-packed thrillers like Star Wars on which today's students have been raised, a good strategy to keep students involved in the novel is to provide them with many opportunities to predict what will happen and to encourage them to look for clues about what is to come.


Students will gradually begin to understand how far ahead of his time Verne was in comprehending science and in basing his writings on some sense of the possible. They will see why he is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. (Source here)

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