A tidy and encouraging introduction gives a worthwhile preliminary survey of Verne's life and works, brings out the individual characteristics that differentiate him from Wells, and others, follows his interests and their projection in his books, and is an excellent preparation for the excerpts which are given from 15 books. Editorial placing and description precede the high spots chosen from Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Floating Island, The Steam House, Hector Seradac, The Secret of the Island. Round the Moon, as well as the more familiar works. The selections are ample enough to show Verne's imaginative qualities, science-fiction attributes, his ability to create excitement and adventure, and the originality that still keep his name alive -- if only as a forerunner. As a curiosity or as enlightenment, this should have an appeal for the investigator.