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The Secret of Jules Verne

He was the pioneer of science-fiction genre, one of the most translated author of all time and certainly a source of inspiration for all of us.  Verne did accurate anticipations of modern times  and wrote about submarines and space travel before they were invented.

You can read more about Verne in his wikipedia article.

I took more than 25 of his books and count all the words. The book list:

A Winter Amid the Ice and Other Thrilling Stories, Five Weeks in a Balloon, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras, In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, ll Around the Moon, The Adventures of a Special Correspondent, Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island, The Survivors of the Chancellor, Michael Strogoff, Off on a Comet, The Underground City, Celebrated Travels and Travellers, Dick Sand A Captain at Fifteen, Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon, Godfrey Morgan a Californian Mistery, The Waif of the Cynthia, Robur the Conqueror, Ticket No. 9672, In the Year 2889, Facing the Flag and The Master of the World.

The best part is that you can donwload all those books for free.  Search for Verne in the Project Guttemberg website.  There is also differente languaje versions.

Take a look at the first words of the list… Does it remind you something?

day (4878), time (4854), captain (4179), island (4177), now (3924), upon (3815), made (3726), well (3656), like (3445), replied (3416), must (3347), even (3345), great (3305), sea (3213), little (3106), water (3034), first (3008), long (2911), place (2891), make (2817), see (2750), man (2714), say (2692), take (2642), last (2622), reached (2514), hand (2504), still (2504), nothing (2488), return (2437), know (2436), passed (2432), asked (2417), hours (2405), appeared (2403), land (2373), can (2357), might (2356), good (2301), come (2294), much (2285), seemed (2282), found (2244), look (2230), part (2220), new (2191), soon (2177), miles (2173), doctor (2157), men (2137), hundred (2098), way (2089), shall (2080), followed (2079), name (2065), left (2061), point (2040), feet (2019), country (2005), never (1996), towards (1991), may (1960), coast (1958), cried (1939), ship (1933), yes (1916), moment (1910), travellers (1883), answered (1869), however (1836), every (1827), mr (1804), remained (1795), eyes (1782), years (1771), vessel (1770), certain (1766), work (1760), night (1759), words (1734), friends (1731), back (1718), companions (1693), harding (1689), took (1686), far (1683), carried (1667), open (1666), give (1662), thought (1655), came (1628), leave (1628), light (1623), get (1618), near (1609), find (1601), just (1591), think (1578), natives (1564), continued (1552), sailors (1551), several (1547), five (1546), away (1545), head (1537), many (1535), order (1529), arrived (1520), seen (1518), side (1512), end (1498), turned (1498), old (1491), four (1486), large (1484), boat (1482), wind (1472), called (1468), half (1464), right (1449), trees (1440), means (1439), fire (1432), house (1428), observed (1418), town (1410), quite (1409), put (1407), went (1402), formed (1401), hope (1394), set (1377), shore (1364), river (1363), yet (1361), use (1359), air (1356), direction (1352), engineer (1350), fact (1342), twenty (1342), board (1328), earth (1328), also (1323), minutes (1302), mountains (1298), sail (1288), already (1273), possible (1270), chapter (1268), course (1261), saw (1260), ice (1258), whose (1249), arms (1241), nature (1240), degrees (1236), present (1236), less (1223), whole (1222), care (1221), rocks (1217), north (1214), thousand (1203), moon (1198), animals (1194)…

When I read the list it immediately remind me the tv show LOST. I did a quick search and found this link that talks about similarities between “Lost” and the Jules Verne novel “The Mysterious Island”, quite funny.

Here you have another versión of the same visualization, this time the words are rotated.

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