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From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages #4)

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It is the year 1865. Following the end of the American Civil War, the members of Baltimore Gun Club are restless, seeking new ways of using their genius for invention and discovery. So their president, Impey Barbicane, sets his fellows a challenge: to construct a rocket which can reach the Moon.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 25th 1995 by Sutton Publishing (first published 1865)
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Luís C.
When we talk about Jules Verne, we often use the term visionary. It is of course totally true, but this aspect of Verne's work must not make us forget that he was above all a formidable storyteller. With From the Earth to the Moon , we have a glimpse of these two facets of the author.

First popularizer, Verne book many technical and scientific information by starting the era of knowledge, then extrapolating this knowledge to speculate, the author demonstrated a great erudition in a very focused
Ahmad Sharabiani
De la Terre à la Lune = From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages #4), Jules Verne
عنوانها: مسافرت به ماه؛ از زمین تا کره ماه؛ سفر به کره ماه؛ سفر به ماه؛ گردش به دور کره ماه؛ مسافرت از زمین به کره ماه؛ مسافرت به کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی تخیلی از نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 19 م
عنوان: از زمین تا کره ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: حدادی؛ تهران، عطائی، 1337؛ در 136 ص؛
عنوان: مسافرت به ماه؛ نویسنده: ژول ورن؛ مترجم: اردشیر نیکپور؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1340؛ در 30
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Heena Rathore P.
I'm not a fan of Jules Verne's writing, hence it was a bit difficult for me to complete this book. I'm just glad that somehow I did. Though there was a fair bit of skimming involved (like pages at times.)

There are a lot of good things I can say about this book like the entire concept of the Gun Club and the mission to send a projectile to Moon, some really sharp sarcastic observations that made me giggle every time I recalled them later on, a decent story overall and the feel-good factor. But t
Mahsa Tahmasebi
Sep 11, 2015 Mahsa Tahmasebi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
وقتی راهنمایی بودم خوندمش، چهار ستاره واسه لذت اون موقع ها
Jun 29, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For whatever reason I thought Verne would be a cumbersome read. However, he writes quite beautifully, and this novel is certainly a page turner. The story mainly consists of rather technical descriptions of the journey and the construction of the apparatus used. As a result, I would expect this book to be rather polarizing. Being as I like that sort of thing, this is just very high quality science fiction.
"From the Earth to the Moon" is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. I got thinking as I read this, I wonder if Jules Verne was a stay at home type of person like I am, or if he was always on the go from one place to another. Thinking of his books, the characters certainly didn't seem to stay at home much. In one of them he has his characters walk or hike or whatever to the center of the earth, in another they sail? all over the ocean in a submarine, one man goes around the world in eighty days, or tri ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The review from afar – No. 25

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.

From the Earth to the Moon is one of the more famous stories by Jules Verne. In it he postulates how the technology of his time could place an object (eventually a manned object) on the su
Apr 24, 2011 Laini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, classic, adventure
I love a bit of Jules Verne, I love the fact that he wrote so long ago, but his novels still shock and surprise me despite the fact that I'm surrounded by technology he couldn't have dreamed of. What he wrote about, would have been considered implausable at the time, but now that we can look back, he was very accurate in what he imagined.

From the Earth to the Moon is a fabulous example of this for many reasons. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club and a few of it's members, who having re
Book Concierge
Once the Civil War has ended the members of the Baltimore Gun Club are without a purpose; they had been busy improving weaponry during the war. Their president, Impey Barbicane, has a compelling idea, however. They will build a giant cannon and send a projectile to the moon!

The fourth of the Extraordinary Voyages series, this was first published in 1865. That was 104 years before the USA actually did send a man to the moon, and it’s interesting to read the “science” and compare Verne’s suppositi
Huda Aweys
قبل رحلة (نيل أرمسترونج) إلى القمر بأكثر من مائة عام ، كتب جول فيرن روايته هذي .. معتمدا في بنائها على مسألة علمية دقيقة : هي فكرة (إنعدام الوزن) الفكرة التي أتى بها من وحي خياله .. العلمي :) ..، ليتناولها العلماء بجدية فيما بعد وتصبح واحدة من أهم أسس علوم السفر إلى الفضاء ..
وإحدى الدلالات القوية على مدى فاعلية .. وقوة (التخيل) .. خصوصا .. العلمي منه
I felt half tempted to start up a drinking game while I was reading this work of speculative fiction. Aware of the current state of spaceflight, I was fascinated by this fictional account of a time before the rocket had even been conceived of, much less been invented. Throughout the reading, I unconsciously tallied what Jules Verne got right and what he got wrong.

The premise of the book is that a club whose artillery hobby has been rendered irrelevant by the end of the Civil War seeks a new appl
Jan 13, 2013 JHoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, but strange Newton's third law; if object A exerts a force on another object B, object B also exerts the same magnitude of force on object A. Perhaps this law is how rockets work. Jules Verne, before rocket was invented, seems to know this law probably but think a bit differently. The idea was making a gigantic cannon and shooting it to travel the moon. Maybe this idea looks absurd nowadays, but even as a modern person, I think this idea was remarkable.
The book is mostly about the "prep
Noha Basiouny

عجبتني أكتر من رواية جورج ويلز ، أي نعم المقارنة ما بينهم غير مجدية لأن الرواية دي محورها رحلة الوصول لسطح القمر (علي الرغم من أنهم ماوصلوش القمر أصلا ، دول عدوا من جنبه بس!) بس الكيفية نفسها عجبتني أكتر ، أما رواية ويلز بتحكي أكتر عن حياة المخلوقات القمرية فوق القمر مش عن الرحلة.

May 25, 2016 Anyelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno estaba dudosa se ponerle las 4 estrellas pero al final debo admitir que se lo merece. ¡Ese final me hizo llorar
Nov 05, 2015 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers, french
کتاب ضعیفی بود
شاید اگه دوسال پیش می خوندمش نظرم راجبش عوض میشد
Alec Glazier
Oct 01, 2012 Alec Glazier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a phenomenal book. I thought that the concept was spectacular because Verne takes a very unknown setting: the moon, and creates a journey that will open up new things the world. The plot line was a bit distorted because there was a late climax in Part I when the Columbiad is launched. There is an extremely graduate fall of the falling action, as there is a unexpected "spike," as it would look like on the plot line at the end of Part II, when the Columbiad lands. Although ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes From the Earth to the Moon so enjoyable is it's sheer earnestness. Entire chapters are filled with debates about figures and equations. Verne loves to write about all the details of his little thought experiment. This is very clearly his fantasy, and had he the money, I could imagine him attempting something like this.

However, it ends abruptly. The entire thing is about the construction of the great cannon that will fire the explorers to the moon. After launching them, there's one ch
Aug 26, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, fictitious, scientific and educational. I was surprised by the narrative style the author chose to adopt for a story of such a genre, but it certainly added to its appeal.
Based on the synopsis I expected a bit more of an adventure story and less of a scientific endeavour explaining the foundation of how to travel into outer space. However, considering my scientific background and interest in astronomy, I was greatly intrigued by the mystery and fascination of the moon the author infus
Jul 12, 2015 Dridge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Let me tell you shortly why this is one of the worst „classics“ I have ever encountered: It reads like the 19th century equivalent of playing a boring management/tycoon-video game on the computer. Because, and I’m not kidding, this whole book is only about PLANNING a travel from the earth to the moon!
Thus, there isn’t any conflict at all, since it always goes like this: „Oh, so what exactly do we know about the moon?“ Chapter 5, there you go, boring facts about the moon. „Oh boy,
A group of former Civil War artillerymen, artillery manufacturers and war profiteers trying to cope with life during peacetime, decide to shoot an artillery shell to the moon in the name of The United States.

Delightfully imaginative and amusing satire on American largesse and narcissism seems as relevant today as it may have been in 1865. This story deals more with the preparations of The Gun Club to make the shot and the psuedoscience behind their preparations than the actual act, but the tone
Jan 25, 2011 Hal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to try and rate or review a book that is so old and far removed from today's context, but I'll try to say a few words.

This book was a fun adventure with a playful spirit infused in the writing. If you read it out of context, with a critical eye as to plausibility, you may be sorely disappointed. The feeling of the book is not overly serious. Verne doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, as he pokes fun at American ingenuity and makes the main explorers members of a Gun Club.
Beth Robinson
I was expecting action. What I got was a plot wrapped around the science of the day. This isn't a bad thing. It was just unexpected. When I read more about this series - that the actual point and intent was to outline modern science, then that made complete sense. There were definitely still a handful of larger than life characters, big personalities in a way that somewhat reminded me of the legends of Theodore Roosevelt. There was no character development, but it was a story in a sense of a gre ...more
Varlık Özerciyes
Jules Verne öngörü gücü ve akiciligiyla animsanmistir. Ancak bu kitabinda başka bir yönünü farkettim. Bir gelistirme projesi aktivitesinde fizibilite, malzeme tedarik süreci ve özellikle planlama alanlarına verdiği önem. Bu kapsamda mühendis arkadaşlara tavsiye ederim.
Mariel Zani Begoña
1.5 stars/ 1.5 estrellas

I didn't like it at all

No me gustó para nada
Sep 12, 2016 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I fully read by Verne was Around the World in Eighty Days, and I described it as a 'travelogue disguised as a novel.' The first book I attempted by Verne was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, when I was around eleven. (This was the same time I tried and failed to read Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.) So my experience with Verne has not been great up to this point. One of these days I'll actually read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, but it took me nearly twenty years to get ...more

Avveniristico per i suoi tempi, ma decisamente geniale.
Assolutamente improbabile, ma troppo divertente.
Piuttosto semplice, eppure così interessante!

Siamo nell'America post Guerra di Secessione, precisamente a Baltimora, dove ha sede il prestigioso Gun-Club, che ammette come soci soltanto coloro che hanno inventato un nuovo cannone, un nuovo fucile, una pistola, o una qualche arma da fuoco. Preferibilmente, comunque, un cannone.
All'inizio del romanzo molti eminenti soci, per cui la balistica è un
Otra parada más en mi viaje particular en la obra de este maestro, Julio Verne. Tercer libro que leo siguiendo el orden de publicación.

No paro de asombrarme acerca de las cosas que escribió, en el tiempo en que las escribió. Esta mención merecía un párrafo aparte.

La historia, centrada en los miembros de un club de artilleros, que según mi punto de vista son mas científicos que simples diseñadores de armas. Vemos cómo este grupo, centrado en el ambiente de la guerra, necesita de un nuevo desafío
May 06, 2014 Blu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In questa graziosa bomba, chiusa da un coperchio a vite, fu introdotto dapprima un grosso gatto, quindi uno scoiattolo appartenente al segretario perpetuo del Gun Club e al quale J.T. Maston teneva in modo particolare. Si voleva sapere come questo animaletto, poco soggetto alle vertigini, avrebbe reagito a quel viaggio sperimentale.
Il proiettile arrivò rapidamente a mille piedi d’altezza, quindi cominciò la sua parabola discendente per inabissarsi poi nel bel mezzo della rada.
Non erano passati
Sep 11, 2014 Kacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's just something special about classic literature. It has its own character and voice, and if you look you can find humor in unexpected places. Jules Verne is one of my favorite writers, and this little story was an exceptional read. I loved all the science and mathematics involved and was pleased to catch some humor weaved in the story.

Most of this story involves figuring out the how of going to the Moon: constructing the projectile, calculating what is needed and how much, gaining the fu
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

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