From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

by Jules Verne
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Overview

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

From the Earth to the Moon is a humorous science fantasy novel by Jules Verne and is one of the earliest entries in that genre. It tells 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 projectile/spaceship from it to a Moon landing.
The story is also notable in that Verne attempted to do some rough calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and, considering the comparative lack of any data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are surprisingly close to reality. It's been some time since the end of the American Civil War. The Gun Club, a society based in Baltimore and dedicated to the design of weapons of all kinds (especially cannons), meets when Impey Barbicane, its president, calls them to support his idea: according to his calculations, a cannon can shoot a projectile so that it reaches the moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307785169
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 467,532
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jules Verne was born into a family with 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. Verne was sent to Paris to study law, but once there, he quickly fell in love with the theater. He was soon writing plays and opera librettos, and his first play was produced in 1850. When he refused his father’s entreaties to return to Nantes and practice law, his allowance was cut off, and he was forced to make his living by selling stories and articles.

Verne combined his gift for exotic narratives with an interest the latest scientific discoveries. He spent long hours in the Paris libraries studying geology, astronomy, and engineering. Soon he was turning out imaginative stories such as Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), which were immensely popular all over the world. After From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Verne received letter from travelers wishing to sign up for the next lunar expedition. His ability to envision the next stage in man’s technology progress and his childlike wonder at the possibilities produced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and Michael Strogoff (1876). His biggest success came with Around the World in Eighty Days (1872).

Verne’s books made him famous and rich. In 1876 he bought a large steam yacht, outfitted with a cabin in which he could write more comfortably than on shore. He sailed from one European port to another and was lionized everywhere he went. His books were widely translated, dramatized, and later filmed. He died at Aminens in 1905.


From the Paperback edition.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France

Education:

Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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From the Earth to the Moon (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was easy to read. I would recommend it for young adults who like science fiction or books about outer-space. Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors. I want to read the sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another eximpliary nvel by Venre. He has really outdone himself in this work of science fiction. In my opinion, it is one of the best books in his Amazing Voyages collection. It is also very short and can be read by the average adult in one to two days.
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When reading the book, I was surprised at how scientific it was. What great vision Verne must have had to create some of his calculations. It's a shame he never got to see the first moon landing, but he should proud of his foresite, and his contribution to the science fiction genre.
Dennis-McG More than 1 year ago
I read this book a long, long time ago but it was great fun to read it again and refresh my memory and it is amazing how accurate some of his predictions were about a trip to the moon over 100 years before it actually happened.
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Buckmeister More than 1 year ago
Jules Verne is not one of my favorite authors, although I've also read "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and Journey to the Center of the Earth". Verne writes like a scientist, which can be interesting at times, but in doing so, he, in my opinion, does so with little story-telling skill. I enjoy reading H. G. Wells more. Wells' stories may a be more simplistic, but ultimately more readable. Also, I think the title "From the Earth to the Moon" is very misleading. The actual "journey" is only about 5 pages long and is at the end of the story. All the rest is about the formation of the idea of going to the moon and the building of the spacecraft.
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