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Jules Verne’s camera phone

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The Onion | Long-Lost Jules Verne Short Story ‘The Camera-Phone’ Found

“AMIENS, FRANCE—Literary scholars announced Monday that they have unearthed a 33-page handwritten manuscript of “The Camera-Phone,” a short story believed to have been written in 1874 by French novelist Jules Verne, the man often considered to be the originator of modern science fiction.”

“Le Telephon-Photographique,” which Frelseien identified as having been written just after Verne’s masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, is narrated by Gui Cingulaire, the nephew of brilliant but monomaniacal professor Bernard Cingulaire. An ambitious, gifted scientist, Bernard fails to predict that his invention, a portable telephone that can take photographs and send short script messages, will contribute to the breakdown of traditional manners among Parisians.

I just looked at the calendar and it’s not yet first of April!

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