Jules Verne (born 1828, died 1905) was arguably the world’s greatest science fiction writer. Critics have justifiably attacked his work on grounds ranging from political incorrectness to faulty science, but few authors have come close to emulating Verne’s staggering feats of imagination--in 1863, for example, Verne wrote a novella called Paris in the 20th Century that featured fax machines, gas-powered automobiles, and a computer-like worldwide communications network.
Note: Some of the problematic science in Verne’s books may have been the result of slapdash translation. In the original French, Verne’s stories were apparently very carefully researched and continue to be held in high regard.
Aftertaste: When considered in the context of their time, none.