Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany (1878-1957) The fantasy writer.
I watched a bit of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was kind of entertaining. It was only for a few minutes.
I also spent some time reading more of Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. It is quite enjoyable to read, but it is not like most science fiction I have read. It has a lot more cultural variety than most science fiction. There are Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and American characters. There are also some interesting religious images from buddhism as well. There is also quite a bit on biology and ecology in the story. It is hard science fiction from an ecological and biological standpoint. It is not as much about big machines that fly into space. It is also a near future book. This makes it have a unique feeling to it. I read it mainly in the laundromat.