Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1863
Five Weeks in a Balloon Synopsis
Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, A Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa (In French Cinq semaines en ballon), is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1863. This initial novel marked the author's mastery of the "elements" that would define his future works, expertly blending a captivating narrative filled with unexpected turns and twists with detailed depictions of geography, history, and technique. The book offers a sneak peek into the exploration of Africa, which remained largely unknown to Europeans during that era.
Dr. Samuel Fergusson, an esteemed scholar and explorer, embarks on a daring adventure across the uncharted African continent with his trusted manservant Joe and expert hunter friend, Richard "Dick" Kennedy. Their mode of transportation is a hot air balloon containing hydrogen, which Dr. Fergusson has innovatively designed with a mechanism that eliminates the need to release gas or throw overboard ballast to control altitude. The ultimate goal of their journey is to connect the voyages of Sir Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke in East Africa with Heinrich Barth's expeditions in the Sahara and Chad regions.
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There was a large audience assembled on the 14th of January, 1862, at the session of the Royal Geographical Society, No. 3 Waterloo Place, London. The president, Sir Francis M——, made an important communication to his colleagues, in an address that was frequently interrupted by applause.
About Jules Verne
Jules Verne was a French author who is considered to be the father of science fiction. He wrote some of the earliest works in the genre, including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, and Around The World In Eighty Days. Not only did he write these classic stories that are still popular today, but his influence on literature and culture was vast.
Verne was born in 1828 in Nantes, France, and was early interested in writing. He quickly rose to fame with a series of books entitled Voyages Extraordinaires, published from 1863-1905. These stories used scientific concepts such as evolution, space travel, and submarines that were unheard of at the time but now seem commonplace. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.