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 After establishing his residence in the northern French city of Amiens, Verne began serving on its municipal council in 1888. Suffering from diabetes, he died at home on March 24, 1905. Thomas hypothesized that Verne`s ability to tell stories and readers who distorted a book they had read as children caused people to «remember things that are not there. The impression that the novel contains valid scientific predictions seems to grow over the years.  As with science fiction, Verne himself categorically denied being a futurist prophet, claiming that any connection between scientific developments and his work was a «mere coincidence,» attributing his undeniable scientific accuracy to his extensive research: «Even before I started writing stories, I still took many notes from every book, journal, any journal or scientific report I have come across.  Through his visits to the salons, Verne came into contact with Alexandre Dumas in 1849 thanks to the mutual knowledge of a famous chirologist of the time, the Chevalier d`Arpentigny. Verne befriended Dumas` son, Alexandre Dumas fils, and showed him a manuscript for a theatrical comedy, Les Pailles rompues. The two young men reworked the play together and Dumas, after consulting his father, had it performed by the Opéra-National at the Théâtre Historique in Paris, which opened its doors on 12 June 1850.  The tender deposits the manuscript – to feel the pain of those who had suffered long before, crushed under the weight of so much effort spent in vain by the eternity of time [and] slowly and sadly recognizing the eternal cycle of things.
Finally, in 1862 he learned who he was: «One day I noticed that I might be able to use my science education to merge science and romance. A work that could please the taste of the public.â The result was a manuscript on balloons, which he showed to Dumas, who showed it to the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, who printed it under the title Cinq semaines en ballon. It was an instant bestseller, and within two years, Jules had ended the brokerage, signed a deal with Hetzel, released Journey to the Center of the Earth (inspired by his honeymoon in Scandinavia) and started From the Earth to the Moon. Over the next quarter century, Hetzel employed Verne in a campaign aimed at nothing less than the scientific education of young Frenchmen.