9780486831732

From the Earth to the Moon

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486831732

  • ISBN10:

    0486831736

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-06-12
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

Nearly a century before NASA, a visionary novelist wrote this adventure classic about an international space race. Jules Verne's eerily prophetic fantasy unfolds at the close of the Civil War, as three artillerymen resolve to build a gun big enough to propel a manned rocket to the moon. Enlivened by broad satire, this rollicking tale recounts the launch of three astronauts from a Florida peninsula and their return to Earth in a splash landing.
Acclaimed as "the man who invented the future," Verne wrote with uncanny accuracy about space, air, and underwater travel long before they were real possibilities. A pioneer of science fiction, he endowed his stories with a freshness and verve that keep them vital for modern readers. This edition features an excellent translation from the original French publication by Verne's foremost interpreter, Edward Roth, and 17 enchanting illustrations.

Author Biography

"The reason Verne is still read by millions today," declared Arthur C. Clarke, "is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived." Jules Verne started out composing librettos, but the French-born author's passion for travel and exploration compelled him to turn to adventure tales, creating the prototype for today's science fiction. One of the most translated authors in the world, he is best known for his classics: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
 
Editor's Note
Preface
  1. THE ARTILLERISTS
  2. THE PRESIDENT'S COMMUNICATION
  3. THE EFFECT
  4. REPLY FROM THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
  5. THE ROMANCE OF THE MOON
  6. WHICH LADY READERS ARE REQUESTED TO SKIP
  7. THE MATERIAL OF THE BULLET
  8. THE CANNON
  9. THE POWDER
  10. AN ENEMY!
  11. FLORIDA OR TEXAS?
  12. THE FINANCIAL QUESTION
  13. STONY HILL
  14. SPADE, SHOVEL, PICK AND TROWEL
  15. THE CASTING
  16. THE BIG GUN
  17. BY THE ATLANTIC CABLE
  18. WHO WAS HE?
  19. ARDAN DEFINES HIS PLATFORM
  20. A FENCING MATCH
  21. WAR TO THE KNIFE!
  22. POPULARITY IN AMERICA
  23. AN IMPROVEMENT ON PULLMAN
  24. THE GREAT TELESCOPE
  25. CLOSING DETAILS
  26. FIRE!
  27. CLOUDY WEATHER
  28. A NEW STAR

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