|Jules Gabriel Verne|
February 8, 1828
March 24, 1905
Gray (in old age)
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|“|| If providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the cannonball into existence.
Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.
On the Moon, Jules Verne was gazing at the sky, watching the stars. Alice Liddell appeared and told him that she believed he was going the wrong way. He wondered how she was able to go to the Moon and asked if she was lost, Alice returned the question and invited him to come back down to Earth. He looked into the far reaches of the galaxy, pondering his final science-adventure novel, when Alice commented that he had not yet shown them far enough.
Verne dismissed her statement and asked her "what could be deeper than the Earth", before he started to follow her to a rocketship. She idly replied that it was not the right question, but supposed that it was a start. Having been mildly offended at her manners, he proceeded to tell that she had not introduced herself, yet seek his companionship on an adventure. Alice told her name and that, like him, she also never refused a Voyage Extraordinaire. Verne continued to board the rocketship.
As the ship fell down to Earth, causing its hull to catch fire, Verne seemed to notice that Alice did not fear the fire. She stated that she did not fear it anymore, and that her fears "[were not] of lasting relevance." They continued to descend to the Earth's stratosphere in a hot air balloon. Alice asked what Verne feared, and he replied that he "[looked] to the skies not in fear, but with intent." She proceeded to cut the hot air balloon ropes with her Vorpal Blade.
The hot air balloon fell into the ocean, and they sailed in the Nautilus. Several tentacles were circling around the submarine, and a tentacle had wandered to the viewing window. Alice then reflected on her relationship with Bumby, saying that "not all men of science [were] driven by noble pursuits", when the deceased doctor's image morphed from the tentacle. She gripped her Vorpal Blade and almost drew it out, as she again asked Verne what he feared. The tentacle's eyes lit up and noticed the Vorpal Blade, before returning to normal and disappearing. The tentacle monster was revealed to be the Leviathan, manifested from Alice's psyche. Verne took the Nautilus's wheel and they emerged in a cavern.
In the cavern, Alice and Verne found caveman scribbles, depicting figures engaged in battle using bows and arrows: humanity fighting and killing itself. Alice and Verne discussed unintended consequences caused by noble intentions, and the dark nature of humanity. He told her that "deeper than the humble beginnings of man [was] his dark nature." She asked if he "will take [them] there" and offered her hand. He held her hand and they were transported on a war tower.
Verne wondered if the place they were in was hell, and Alice stated that his fear "may one day become reality." He commented "only hell on Earth can halt man's destined ascension to the heaven", as he was caught in surprise when the cannon's fire shook the tower. Verne told Alice that they "lead mankind to one of two inevitable ends", as he agreed when she said he finally knew his question. He looked at the revolving door with a "1960" above it and walked toward it, saying that he "[had] been here before and now returned with a question and a purpose." Verne noticed that Alice had disappeared, and he walked into the door that led to the vision of a futuristic Paris.
Verne's face was shielded by his large beard, which was gray in color. He was a fairly mysterious and mature-looking man, and he wore two suits: the first was his classic, 19th century look, and the second was a business gentleman from the 1970s.
In his first look, Verne sported a black bowler hat, as well as a black trench coat. His outfit was neatly presented with a small, black bow-tie. The second look, which he transformed into when he went to the revolving door, was a modern version of himself as he gazed into the futuristic vision of Paris.
- ↑ Though Alice: Otherlands has been described to take place around 1875 in London, both the script and storyboard created by Edward Goin has noted Jules Verne's age as 60 during the events of "Leviathan".