From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon

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Jules Verne (1828-1905) is one of the most recognizable names in Western literature, coming to be known as one of the Fathers of Science-Fiction. Although he studied to be a lawyer and held stock trading jobs, he quickly learned that he had a knack for weaving adventurous stories of travels and expeditions. It didn’t hurt that one of his teachers may have been inventor Brutus de Villeroi, who created the first submarine for the U.S. Navy. Verne wrote about air travel and space travel 50 years before either was possible.

Two of his most famous works are From the Earth to the Moon, and its sequel Round the Moon, both classic sci-fi adventure novels. The books tell the story of the president of a post-American Civil War gun club in Baltimore, his rival, a Philadelphia maker of armor, and a Frenchman, who build an enormous sky-facing Columbiad space gun and launch themselves in a spacecraft toward the Moon. The sequel discusses the dangerous adventure from the Moon and the difficulties in getting back to Earth alive. Verne’s story is told in a humorous style, but as he did with his other works, he peppers in a lot of science and math. Written nearly 100 years before Apollo 11 landed men on the Moon, one of the interesting aspects of his books is comparing and contrasting the books to actual space travel. Some of Verne’s math was very realistic, as were his descriptions of orbit and gravity. The books are some of Verne's most acclaimed works, and they continue to be a popular classic today.

This edition of Verne’s two books is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and includes dozens of images.

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BN ID: 2940012945129
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 06/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Widely regarded as the father of modern science fiction, Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote more than seventy books and created hundreds of memorable characters. His most popular novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is not only a brilliant piece of scientific prophecy, but also a thrilling story with superb, subtle characterizations.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France


Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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