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From the Earth to the Moon

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la Terre à la Lune) is a humorous science fantasy story. It tells the story of three well-to-do members of a post-American Civil War gun club who build an enormous sky-facing columbiad and ride a spaceship fired from it to the moon. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Note: From the Earth to the Moon ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. The story continues with Round the Moon.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . it was at last broken by the president.

"Gentlemen," he quietly said, "I start from this principle, that the resistance of a gun, constructed under the given conditions, is unlimited. I shall surprise our friend Maston, then, by stigmatizing his calculations as timid; and I propose to double his 800,000 pounds of powder."

"Sixteen hundred thousand pounds?" shouted Maston, leaping from his seat.

"Just so."

"We shall have to come then to my ideal of a cannon half a mile long; for you see 1,600,000 pounds will occupy a space of about 20,000 cubic feet; and since the contents of your cannon do not exceed 54,000 cubic feet, it would be half full; and the bore will not be more than long enough for the gas to communicate to the projectile sufficient impulse."

"Nevertheless," said the president, "I hold to that quantity of powder. Now, 1,600,000 pounds of powder wil. . . Read More

Community Reviews

“How many things have been denied one day, only to become realities the next!”
― Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon is the best book I have read from Verne so far. Perhaps, one of the reasons is that in about a century, his science-fiction novel came true. Verne wrote t

I thought this was an excellent book, very understandable and easy to read. Jules Verne had a wonderful imagination and I look forward to reading other works by this author.

What I particularly liked was the satire and the technical explanation of how various types of telescope worked.

Who needs a t

Una storia molto particolare, questa di Verne.
Nei volumi precedenti di questi Viaggi Straordinari avevo trovato sbocchi comici, spesso affidati al servitore di turno mentre il protagonista rimaneva monolitico, serio e sicuro di sé.

Qui invece fin dall'inizio la storia ha tratti comici, le situazioni

Από τα αγαπημένα αναγνώσματα των παιδικών μας χρόνων.
Νομίζω πως ή αυτό ή οι "20 χιλιάδες λεύγες κάτω από τη θάλασσα" ήταν το πρώτο πραγματικό μυθιστόρημα που διάβασα στη ζωή μου.
Φυσικά, το βιβλίο πλέον δείχνει την ηλικία του και με το παραπάνω, και δεν ξέρω αν είναι δυνατόν να έχει την ίδια απήχηση

From the Earth to the Moon was written almost 100 years before man finally stepped foot on the moon, a mixture of early sci-fi and adventure book that has truly imaginative elements alongside Jules Verne's very scientific mind.

In an America that is rather frightfully similar to its current state, gu

Una novela liviana, fácil de entender, rápida y entretenida. Me gustó mucho lo detallado que es Verne para dar las explicaciones del proyectil (Distancia, peso, materiales, etc). Todo con base y argumento. Con esto, me dieron ganas de aprender más sobre física y cosas acerca de proyectiles que no sé

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