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by Jules Verne

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Jules Vernes' 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is considered an example of the "science fiction" or "hard science" genre of the more general category of "speculative fiction".

Traditional literary fiction is often divided into fiction of plot, in which most of the reader's interest is in the action (e.g. mystery novels, sensation novels, gothic novels), and novel of character, or psychological novel, in which the main focus of the story is the inner transformations or nature of one or more characters (e.g. Virginia Wolfe, Henry James, etc) Speculative fiction, on the other hand, is defined by setting.

In speculative fiction, some key element of the fictional world differs from the one we know. It may be based on  counterfactual history (the Trojans or Persians conquering Greece) or set in an imagined future. Sometimes, in `hard`or `pure`science fiction of which Verne is an example, the new element of the setting is a new technology.

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20 000 Leagues Under the Sea is science fiction without a doubt. Its one of Jules Verne's speculative sci fi works. Its much better than his other novels like Journey to the Center of the Earth, To the Moon and Back, etc but they all share the same sci fi genre and in particular speculative sci fi. 

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