From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1865
From the Earth to the Moon Synopsis
From the Earth to the Moon is a book by Jules Verne, published in 1865. It is a science fiction novel that tells the story of a group named Baltimore Gun Club, who tries to make their vision of a voyage to the Moon become a reality. The novel begins with a group, including the President of the Baltimore Gun Club, Barbicane, the plate armor expert Nicholl, and a French adventurer Michel Ardan, who decide to travel to the Moon.
They build a giant cannon called the Columbiad and load it with a projectile containing their spaceship. The Columbiad is fired, and the projectile successfully travels to the Moon. However, the astronauts' faith remains a mystery.
Excerpt From the Earth to the Moon Online Book
During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland. It is well known with what energy the taste for military matters became developed among that nation of ship-owners, shopkeepers, and mechanics. Simple tradesmen jumped their counters to become extemporized captains, colonels, and generals, without having ever passed the School of Instruction at West Point; nevertheless; they quickly rivaled their compeers of the old continent, and, like them, carried off victories by dint of lavish expenditure in ammunition, money, and men.
But the point in which the Americans singularly distanced the Europeans was in the science of gunnery. Not, indeed, that their weapons retained a higher degree of perfection than theirs, but that they exhibited unheard-of dimensions, and consequently attained hitherto unheard-of ranges.
About Jules Verne
Jules Verne was an influential 19th-century French author and a father of the science fiction genre. Born in 1828, Verne wrote over sixty novels and dozens of short stories that captivated readers with tales of adventure, exploration, and scientific discovery. His works have been translated into over a hundred languages, inspiring generations of readers to dream up their far-reaching adventures.
Verne's works laid the groundwork for what we now recognize as science fiction. Perhaps his most famous novel is "Around the World in Eighty Days," which follows the lead character Phileas Fogg on his daring journey worldwide. Other major works include The Journey to the Center of Earth, From The Earth To The Moon, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.