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by Edward Roth,Jules Verne

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ISBN: 0884119017
Author: Edward Roth,Jules Verne
Language: English
Publisher: Aeonian Pr (September 1, 2001)
Pages: 442
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 348
Size Fb2: 1833 kb
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From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la terre à la lune) is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne.

From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la terre à la lune) is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post-American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people-the Gun Club's president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet-in a projectile with the goal of a Moon landing. Five years later, Verne wrote a sequel called Around the Moon.

JULES VERNE’s life was characterized by a love for the sea, travel, and adventure. These last three details come from the book’s sequel, Around the Moon, which Verne published five years after From the Earth to the Moon

JULES VERNE’s life was characterized by a love for the sea, travel, and adventure. He was born into a family with a seafaring tradition in Nantes, France, in 1828. At an early age he tried to run off and ship out as a cabin boy but was stopped and returned to his family. These last three details come from the book’s sequel, Around the Moon, which Verne published five years after From the Earth to the Moon. It takes up the voyage itself, which swings around the moon and returns. There are errors, too, such as a scene in which the astronauts simply open a window on what should have been a vacuum and toss out a dead dog.

Jules Verne cracked a joke in the book about the French. The book also contained exciting predictions that I am still waiting for: Within twenty years, half the people on earth will have visited the moon!

Jules Verne cracked a joke in the book about the French. and he is French! The cablegram was perhaps a hoax, especially since it had come from a Frenchman. The book also contained exciting predictions that I am still waiting for: Within twenty years, half the people on earth will have visited the moon! Overall, From the Earth to the Moon was a fascinating read on many levels and a great adventure.

Jules Verne's eerily prophetic fantasy unfolds at the close of the Civil War, as three artillerymen resolve .

Jules Verne's eerily prophetic fantasy unfolds at the close of the Civil War, as three artillerymen resolve to build a gun big enough to propel a manned rocket to the moon. Enlivened by broad satire, this rollicking tale recounts the launch of three astronauts from a Florida peninsula and their return to Earth in a splash landing. Acclaimed as "the man who invented the future," Verne wrote with uncanny accuracy about space, air, and underwater travel long before they were real possibilities.

From the french of. Jules verne. Philadelphiadavid mckay, PUBLISHER23 south ninth street. Author of "From the earth to the moon", "To the sun!" And "Off on acomet!" By. Edward roth.

Jules Verne, Edward Roth. Nearly a century before NASA, a visionary novelist wrote this adventure classic about an international space race. Jules Verne's eerily prophetic fantasy unfolds at the close of the American Civil War, as three artillerymen resolve to build a gun big enough to propel a manned rocket to the moon. Enlivened by broad satire, this rollicking tale recounts the launch of three astronauts from a Florida peninsula and their return to Earth in a splash landing

You can also read the full text online using our ereader. One of the earliest science fantasy stories ever written, From the Earth to the Moon follows three wealthy members of a post-Civil War gun club who design and build an enormous columbiad - and ride a spaceship fired from it all the way to the moon! Book Excerpt.

Jules Verne wrote "From Earth to Moon" in 1865, a century before the actual small step for man, one giant leap . From the Earth to the Moon is light but still well written.

Jules Verne wrote "From Earth to Moon" in 1865, a century before the actual small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. In his novel, Verne introduces the Baltimore Gun Club, a group of Gun enthusiasts with a wide membership and an unquenchable thirst for action, yet they find themselves without a war to fight and nothing notable to occupy them. This book was published in 1865, more than a hundred years (!) prior to the first successful moon landing by the men of Apollo 11.

Round the Moon, a sequel to From the Earth to the Moon. Jules Verne Collection, 33 Works: A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Mysterious Island, PLUS MORE! Jules Verne. The Man from the Moon.

A prophetic work where Verne's astounding imagination is presented. In the absence of any adventurous work at the end of Civil War, the President of Gun Club decides to send a projectile to the moon. The decision escalates world-wide excitement and wagers. The steps and procedures and ultimately the final outcome of the plan have been beautifully captured.

Comments:

Jwalextell
After the Civil War, the Baltimore Gun Club decides to build a cannon that is large enough to launch a ship to the moon. The leader of this project, Barbicane, soon finds himself pitted against his archrival Captain Nicholl, who is sure such a cannon can’t be built or fired, and the space race is officially started.

My son Kile and I have read a few of Jules Verne’s classics over the past few years in the Children’s Illustrated Classics format. From the Earth to the Moon was the first time that I had read a Verne novel that wasn’t adapted for children. It is translated from Verne’s native French, but there was much more detail than I am used to in the children’s versions.

I was inspired to read this novel after visiting the Kalamazoo Air Zoo last summer and discovering that Verne was the inspiration for the space program. Indeed as I read through the book I was amazed that an author writing shortly after the Civil War could get so many of the details right for what would follow 100-years later.

I can’t believe how much Verne got right including that the launch point would be Florida or Texas, there would be a launch that would land in the ocean, the shape of the projectile, and that animals would be launched first. It was strange though that the launch was from a cannon and that the astronauts thought there would be atmosphere on the moon to breath. They planned for air in their ship, water, and food, but as an environmental engineer, I really wanted to know what happened to their waste!

I was confused in the novel how they traveled so fast from Baltimore to New Orleans and then took a boat to Florida. Why not just take a boat to Florida from Baltimore? Was this a mistranslation or a mistake in geography on Verne’s part? I want to know – but don’t know where to find the answer.

Verne really used science in his science fiction and I found much of it fascinating. I admit, the language did get a bit stodgy for me at times, but I thought the ending was a great cliff hanger. I’ve had to order Around the Moon as I MUST learn what will happen next.

I loved this quote on the first page as an engineer:
“The Yankees, the world’s best mechanics, are engineers the way Italians are musicians and Germans are metaphysicians: by birth. Nothing could be more natural for them to bring their bold ingenuity to the science of ballistics.”

This quote reminded me how the entire country was inspired during the space race. Verne predicted it 100 years early.
“The whole country had a case of moon fever.”

This was obviously a time before OSHA:
“Several workers, it is true, paid with their lives for the rashness that is inherent in such dangerous work; but those deplorable accidents are impossible to avoid, and Americans are not inclined to worry about such details.”

Jules Verne cracked a joke in the book about the French . . . and he is French!
“The cablegram was perhaps a hoax, especially since it had come from a Frenchman.”

The book also contained exciting predictions that I am still waiting for:
“Within twenty years, half the people on earth will have visited the moon!”

Overall, From the Earth to the Moon was a fascinating read on many levels and a great adventure.

Book Source: Purchased from Amazon.com
Granirad
This is a leatherbound version of the Jules Verne book concerning a theoretical moon launch in the 1800s. Its a very nice looking book with an especially great front cover illustration of the flight from earth to the moon. It looks very nice on a shelf.

Anyone thinking about purchasing the book should be aware that there are two different Easton Press versions. There is the version from their Science Fiction collection which is depicted in this item with the dark cover and the moonshot picture. There is also a version from their library of famous editions which, though also leatherbound, has a decorative motif cover rather than an illustrated one.I think the two books also have different endpapers. Both have their strong points but its best to make sure of which one you are ordering.

The only thing I didn't really care for about the book was the illustrations. Its (probably) late 1960s Collage art by Robert Shore which to me is a mismatch with the content and the story as well as appearing rather dated. The introduction by Verne's grandson is interesting because it was likely written in the immediate aftermath of the American moon landing.

As to the book itself, its actually more "Engineering fiction" than any sort of science fiction. He creates an imaginary project and walks literally ever step of it from the announcement of it to its completion. He also allows the main characters to be the center of the action rather than the technical details. He manages well to bring the human element of a project like this to the surface in his fiction. While some things in the technical details are not quite correct, he manages to get an extraordinary amount of it right. Especially in terms of the when/where/how of launching a projectile at the moon. The only big thing he misses is rocketry as opposed to cannons as the source of propulsion. But that can be forgiven.

The book is also interesting because its French vision of an idealized can-do America of early American Industrial Revolution era where anything did sometimes seem possible if someone just wanted to do it. Barbicane, Maston, and Ardan are all very memorable characters. He captures the positive side of an era when could just decide to do something and often just go out and do it. Be it building a steel bridge across the Mississippi or throwing railroads across the country.

Its a short book and very easy to read. But with a sly humor to it on occasion. And as appropriate for an engineering story, it ends with the launch. The rest of the story covering the mission itself, which is properly more of an adventure story, is contained in Verne's book "around the moon".
Taur
I don't know enough physics to judge the calculations in the book. And I was waiting to see how Verne would explain how they bored the canon. He didn't. That said, I just let my imagination go and the story unfolded in a highly entertaining way. I really enjoyed this book, which is much less famous than Around the World in 80 Days, but well worth the read, especially to any Jules Verne fan. Bantam Classics edition seems to be a good translation.
Barinirm
One of my favorite books. Jules Verne knew about things that were over 150 years ahead of his time,leading the reader to wonder if Jules coujld have been a time traveller. He describes many things he could not possibly hav e known about

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