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From the Earth to the Moon (1865)

by Jules Verne

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Verhaal waarin een aantal Amerikanen een weddenschap afsluiten om de maan te bereiken. Drie avonturiers laten zich met een gigantisch kanon afschieten.
  edjemacoil | Dec 3, 2013 |
What a quirky little book! The synopsis sounds ridiculous by today's standards; design a 900 foot cannon to shoot a huge ball to the moon using cotton impreganted with some highly flammable substance as 'fuel' (called Pyroxite)
And yet the book is laced with good sound science that one would expect to find in a modern hard SF book! The distance to the moon is known as is its orbital velocity and details such as the apogee and perigee of the moon are figured into the itineray. Its all jolly good fun with a mild poke at the Americans-even though the main characters are American and it reads as if written by an American, at times one detects the odd poke at the 'Yankees' as Verne's character refers to his colleagues.

A group called the Gun Club form with the intention of making bigger and better arms, but when peace is declared its members feel somehow deprived of an enemy to fight and so must look elsewhere. Then up pops the idea of a huge gun, bigger than anything they have seen before, and it will be used to fire a cannon at the moon to gain relations with the selenites up there (i.e. colonise!) and plant the American flag declaring the world theirs! But thats how people thought back in the day, and bear in mind this was written over 100 years before the 1969 moon landing!

All in all quite incredible and great fun! ( )
  sf_addict | Sep 17, 2011 |
Verne was as visionary as any of the early science fiction writers, as he showed in spades in this novel about a rocket launch to the Moon. ( )
  wanack | Oct 6, 2010 |
A very quaint period piece with some satire and hyperbole thrown in for fun. ( )
  markbstephenson | Jun 2, 2010 |
Whoa, thank goodness I didn't read the back cover of the book, or else several fun surprises would be spoiled.

Holy Verne, it's been so long since my last fix of his work. Two years perhaps. From the Earth to the Moon is light but still well written. This book was published in 1865, more than a hundred years (!) prior to the first successful moon landing by the men of Apollo 11.

I'm not able to prove all the scientific calculation and details described so eloquently here, but they're sure as hell convincing enough. Again, Verne never ceases to amaze me with his knack of making technical details to be interesting.

He actually made some correct predictions, such as:
1. the country who successfully sent a manned mission to the moon is the US. Well, he did manage to include a French guy to join the mission - nationalistic interest perhaps?
2. the two states contesting to be the launch site were Florida and Texas. Yep, and Florida won too in real life.
3. the shape of the capsule and there were three people on board. Remember Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins?

Verne did see far into the future. And he complemented all of those with wisecracking humor in between. Je vous adore beaucoup, monsieur!

Distance is an empty word, distance does not exist!
Believe in the power of imagination and let it flow, because you'll never know what the future holds. ( )
  Choccy | Apr 24, 2009 |
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Jules Verneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Walter JamesAnnotatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miribel, Jacques deForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, Frederick PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553214209, Mass Market Paperback)

Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne’s prophetic novel of man’s race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen.

When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane’s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a “manned” flight, one man’s dream turns into an international space race.

A story of rip-roaring action, humor, and wild imagination, From the Earth to the Moon is as uncanny in its accuracy and as filled with authentic detail and startling immediacy as Verne’s timeless masterpieces 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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Los miembros del Gun Club utilizar los conocimientos de la balstica que gan Estados Unidos durante la Guerra Civil para construir un can que puede enviar una nave espacial a la luna.Members of the Gun Club use the knowledge of ballistics they gained during the United States Civil War to build a cannon that can send a space ship to the moon.… (more)

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