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From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages)

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Verne's 1865 tale of a trip to the moon is (as you'd expect from Verne) great fun, even if bits of it now seem, in retrospect, a little strange. Our rocket ship gets shot out of a cannon? To the moon? Goodness!

But in other ways it's full of eerie bits of business that turned out to be very near reality: he had the cost, when you adjust for inflation, almost exactly right.

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Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1863)
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Silvana
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JHoon
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...more
Shuart24
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...more
Christian
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...more
Alec Glazier
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
Laini
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...more
Hal
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....more
Ian
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...more
Pat
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.
Ritchie
Usually i enjoy Jules Verne's work but i'm afraid From the Earth to the Moon just wasn't very good.

The first half of the book seems to be all Verne's workings on how a rocket could be fired to the moon using a giant cannon...

It just gets bogged down in too much detail: the development, the planning, the building by this time i just didnt care if the rocket would take off or not.

Rody Atef
الكتاب دا مايتوصفش تحفــــــــــــــه
عقليه ما شاء الله :) يمكن حاليا الكلام دا عادي بس لما تعرف ان الروايه مكتوبه تقريبا قبل الطلوع للقمر ب 100 عام اكيد حاجه تانيه ^_^ وصفه و تخيله و بالارقام و المسافات
سحرتني و بجد حبتـــها من اجمل الرويات اللي قرأتها <3
Julio Thames
Quizás la idea nos parece absurda de hacer un viaje tan simple a luna simulando el disparo de una bala; sin embargo siempre fue un adelantado a su tiempo. Llena leer la obra, estilo literario fresco y claro. Otra gran aventura que recomiendo.
Kimberly
The book was okay. It wasn't my favourite Verne novel and I think that's because it was so short and the ending reminded me of the Sopranos when the screen just went black half way through a sentence and for that I gave it the 3 stars.
Angel
Julio Verne, nos muestra una vez más el poder de su gran imaginación y me recuerda aquella famosa frase que se le atribuye a este autor "Solo imagina algo y alguien más lo convertirá en realidad"
Rosario Villamor
Verne's novel of an American gun club is both funny and informative. On one hand, he tries to do the necessary calculations of the escape velocity of the rocket, dimensions of the rocket, etc. On the other, he effortlessly tells the story with a bit of humour, including disputes between the gun club's president, Barbicane, and his old enemy, Captain Nicholl (who was actually doing the correct analysis and who was giving out the right information).

I found the story funny and ridiculous, but if I...more
Juan
Es imposible no contagiarse del entusiasmo, lleno de humor, que los personajes de Julio Verne tienen ante la posibilidad alcanzar a la Luna.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Uno de los Puntales de la literatura de anticipación, con un Verne profético e imaginativo.
HTR.

De la tierra a la luna nos cuenta la historia de un sueño: extender las fronteras de los Estados Unidos, tanto, que sea fuera de la Tierra. Su protagonista, Barbicane, es un personaje seguro de sí mismo y que está decidido a hacer cualquier cosa con tal de hacer que todos los franceses y demás europeos -que le ven incapaz de cumplir la proeza de llegar a la Luna y hacerla americana- se traguen sus propias palabras.

El primer defecto que le vi fueron las cifras. A lo largo del libro, se puede com...more
Cornelia
A quick read and very interesting. I highly reccomend it.
Jake
I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had reading this book. No wait, I can. I loved reading this fictional tale of an attempt to travel to the moon in the 19th Century via cannon shot. The implausibility of this story is offset by two things:

1) The sheer entertainment value of Jules Verne’s hypothesis--the grand scope of it and the robust characters and industry it requires.
2) In the early days of the space race, the U.S. government actually spent a good deal of research and development on...more
Jeff
I really liked this book. Written over 100 years before man actually landed on the moon, it is an interesting take on what Verne thought the trip would be like. It is hard to comment about the book without spoilers so I'll keep comments general. The book had a lot of humor and parts of it reminded me of the Time Tunnel episode of the trip to Mars. The astronauts headed to Mars had all kinds of room and had plenty of chow and smoked cigs. On the trip to the moon there were dogs on board, good win...more
Nikola Tasev
The book has a "can do" attitude, approaching engineering problems and solving them by throwing massive numbers - weights, sizes, speeds, distances. I guess it tried to catch the spirit of the time, the science optimism that everything is within reach, or will be soon.
It is funny how the author, neither engineer nor scientist, waives away ridiqulous things - the thousands Gs of acceleration are mitigated by two feet of water - less than a meter. The heating from atmospheric friction is not leth...more
Ariko
Beautiful novel - and considering the time it was written, I'm like "how the hell did he get these ideas about 100 years before their practical realization, without even being an official scientist???"
Actually, I was a bit bored at the beginning like about the first third of the book, because it was all boring physics and chemistry, dry theory and fussy numbers like "248.447 miles…3.919 miles…214.976 miles(86.410 lieues)…… well… who cares? It's a novel with an exciting story, so why spoiling it...more
Rita
Júlio Verne mostra nesta obra de ficção científica as suas extraordinárias ideias visionárias acerca de uma possível viagem ao astro das noites. É importante referir, que este livro foi escrito cento e quatro anos antes da chegada do Homem à Lua, e comparar as ideias de Verne ao que já sabemos hoje em dia é bastante interessante.

Da Terra à Lua é uma obra extremamente descritiva e explicativa, com bastantes teorias, quase como um livro de física e química romanceado, mas com um final, por incríve...more
Amy
As I mentioned in my status update, if I were a mathematician or an engineer, I'd probably love this book. I'm awful at math, and I think my brain pretty much lacks any of the "stuff" that makes engineers engineers, so this book was tough for me in terms of the mathematical and engineering detail.

That said, I spent 10 years of my life associating with engineers, and although I could barely understand a word they said, I truly came to admire their minds and their ability to create in a way that w...more
Maria
Nova leitura de Júlio Verne! É sempre com uma boa surpresa ler os livros de Júlio Verne, que apesar de ainda só ter lido "A Volta ao Mundo em 80 Dias" e agora este, é um escritor que muito me agrada, pois a sua escrita é muito interessante, uma vez que que tem uma forma bastante sucinta de explicar os factos, de descrever situações, sentimentos, locais ou objetos e personagens, acompanhando-se sempre de uma certa ironia e sarcasmo.

Em "Da Terra à Lua", acompanhamos a construção de uma bala para...more
Chad Bearden
Originally posted on Examiner.com The Prescient Lunar Voyages of Jules Verne, part 1: "From the Earth to the Moon" - Fort Worth Literature | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/literature-in...

George Milies’s striking 1902 film, “Le Voyage Dans La Lune”, left an indelible impression of how we think of early science fiction. When one ponders how those old-timey folks from the early 20th century viewed space travel, it is easy to roll our eyes at the notion of that Victorian space bullet smashing...more
Alexis Neal
A fun and funny book about a bunch of Civil War era gunnery experts who are so bored with the post-war peace that they decide to build a cannon and shoot themselves to the moon. Verne gets a bit bogged down in the details--there are pages and pages of discussion on the size and makeup of the cannon, the size of the projectile, the type of gunpowder or other substance used, the location of the cannon, etc. You wouldn't think there would be time for such elaborate descriptions in such a short book...more
Jordan
I expected this book to be fantastical, but it wasn't written that way. Jules Verne goes to lengths to add verisimilitude to the story. In fact, so many facts and stats are quoted over the course of the story, it leaves me with the impression that Verne believed the feat described in his novel to have been theoretically possible, though I can never be sure of that. Written in 1865, From the Earth to the Moon was bound to erroneous in numerous ways, but there are a few interesting things that I h...more
C.S. Houghton
The blurb on Goodreads begins like this: "Verne's 1865 tale of a trip to the moon..." I don't think it's a spoiler to say that this is a story about the Baltimore Gun Club's attempt to launch a capsule from earth to the moon, not the tale of a trip. If you chronicled the planning of a journey across country by car, detailed the packing of said car, and you communicated the progress of the vehicle all the way to the on-ramp, you would not have told the story of a trip. Rather, that would be the s...more
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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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