- Excuse me sir, you're Jules Verne, aren't you?
- And if I am?
- Well, I'd just like to say I'm a fan.
- Ah, thank you! And did you enjoy my latest book?
- Maître du monde
- Well, to be honest, I didn't think it was one of your best. No offence, sir, but I'd have done some things differently.
- And what exactly would you have done differently, young man?
- Ah, to start with I wouldn't have had just one machine that could be an airplane or a submarine or a supercar. I'd have had four or five different machines. I think that would work better.
- I suppose...
- And I didn't like you putting his secret lair on the top of a mountain. I thought you got it right in the first book where it was on an island in the Pacific.
- Yes, maybe I should have stayed with that choice...
- And another thing I thought was wrong was that he never did
anything with his amazing machine. I loved the ending of Robur-le-conquérant
, where he rescues the guys from the airship that's about to crash. I hoped you were going to develop that further. You know, go around rescuing people. That would have made a better story.
- But, that would go against my central message...
- Yes, I know, Man can't challenge the Divine. But I still think it would have been more dramatic to go around performing daring rescues. And you know, maybe this will sound weird...
- Go on.
- I don't think it should really have been a novel. I'm somehow sure it would be better as puppet theatre.
- Puppet theatre
- Uh, yes sir.
- Young man, if you think you can make that work then you're welcome to try.
- Maybe I will.
- Then good luck to you, Mr... I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name?
- Anderson. Gerry Anderson.