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Jules Verne
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Home Jules Verne The Moon-Voyage. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52. Containing"From the earth to the moon,"and"Round the moon. By. Jules verne, Author of "Twenty thousand leagues under the sea,""among the cannibals," etc. Illustrated by henry austin contents

The game's story focuses on a French adventurer's journey to the Moon in the 19th century, and the ancient lunar civilization he subsequently finds.

This Jules Verne classic is worth the read. This Jules Verne classic is worth the read. One about the attempt to get off the ground, and one about the voyage itself. There are two books  .

Jules Verne cracked a joke in the book about the French. The book also contained exciting predictions that I am still waiting for: Within twenty years, half the people on earth will have visited the moon!

Jules Verne cracked a joke in the book about the French. and he is French! The cablegram was perhaps a hoax, especially since it had come from a Frenchman. The book also contained exciting predictions that I am still waiting for: Within twenty years, half the people on earth will have visited the moon! Overall, From the Earth to the Moon was a fascinating read on many levels and a great adventure.

From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la terre à la lune) is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post-American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people-the Gun Club's president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet-in a projectile with the goal of a Moon landing. Five years later, Verne wrote a sequel called Around the Moon.

So in Jules Verne's version, you would feel the net force of gravity.

In this part, the three travelers are in the space ship (which is just a giant shell that was shot from a canon) and traveling too the moon. The "neutral point" that they refer to is the point where the gravitational force from the moon and the Earth are the same, but in opposite directions. So in Jules Verne's version, you would feel the net force of gravity.

by. Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. Book from Project Gutenberg: The Moon-Voyage. gutenberg etext 12901.

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The Moon-Voyage, free on Amazon and in the public domain, is actually two stories, "From Earth To The Moon," and "Round The Moon." The first depicts the idea for going to the moon and the extensive preparations leading up to launch. The second describes the events after launch, as experienced by the three men inside the "bullet" as it's on its way to an encounter with the moon.

As it begins it seems to be a farce, but the book is a tedious read in many places. Verne describes in detail almost every phase of construction in the preparations, and the science and engineering behind it. It's almost a tutorial on how to do it. Especially interesting, however, was the explanation of how the men inside the "bullet" would survive the firing of that bullet into space. Verne makes it all seem possible, but I get the feeling that he might have fudged a little. In fact, I'm sure he fudged almost all of it, but, again, he makes it seem plausible, almost as if the whole project could have indeed been built and carried out in 1865.

And that's the real genius behind the book. That Jules Verne could have conceived of a trip to the moon at that time, and then fashion a detailed treatise on how to do it. His writing, of course, is very old-fashioned, not up to the level of some of his contemporaries like Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), and a slightly later founding father of Science Fiction, H. G. Wells. But Jules Verne indeed earned his spot in the annals of Science Fiction, and his stories should be read by all fans of the genre.

His description of the moon close up is compelling and in many places sounds like what we've seen there. I do find fault with his characters, primarily the three men who make the trip. The characterization is sketchy, and from what we know of them they are tops in their respective fields. However, outside of their work, they appear spectacularly stupid, almost unbothered–even to the point of unrecognizing–the true dangers around them.

Still, it's a fun read in some aspects. Its historical significance is immeasurable, and the knowledge and research involved in writing the story was considerable. It seemed to have been written for the scientifically minded at the time, but it caught on with the masses, which were fascinated by the details. It inspired the first Science Fiction movie, made in 1902. Much about Verne's science was wrong, but at the time he wrote it his depiction was pretty much state-of-the-art.

For reasons I just described, and the fact that it's classic Jules Verne, I rate it at four stars out of five, and recommend this to all open-minded fans of Science Fiction.
  • Deorro
I chose to read this 150+ year old classic to see how much Jules Verne’s story match the real moon voyage a hundred years later. I was surprised how much time he spent describing the science and the math. Things he got right, 3 men, 4 day journey and launch from Florida. Things he missed, the G force for the described launch would have killed them at over 20,000 Gs. That weightlessness only occurs at the point where earth and moon pull equally on the projectile. That you could open and close the hatch in space without losing much air. It was a fun read. Every few pages I read a fact that I was curious about and had to google. Some surprised me like finding out there was actually a trans Atlantic telegraph cable in 1865.
  • Throw her heart
Jules Verne got a few things right - the idea of launching from Florida or Texas, slingshot around the moon and returning to earth, and splashing down in the ocean. The rest of it is pretty much fictional stretches of the imagination. It's an interesting study of how the science of his era provided him with the means to create a flight to the moon. A lot of it is silly, but enjoyable. The ideas that the human body could survive such extreme acceleration and could then survive a virtual crash landing on the moon are naively heartwarming. So, too, is the notion of opening a window port in outer space and suffering no ill effects of sudden decompression. That an aluminum space capsule could re-enter the earth's atmosphere without burning up and incinerating the occupants inside is quaint to say the least. His use of bogus algebra to explain orbital mechanics is an amusing humorous digression. All in all, I enjoyed the story and can only imagine how it must have been received in his time, before NASA, before astronauts orbiting the earth and landing on the moon, and before space probes to other planets and beyond. He had not much more to work with than cannons and gunpowder, and the fact that he attempted such a trip at all is a tribute to his imagination.
  • Bort
This an amazing book by Jules Verne. This is a good read for science fiction geeks. Tons of information (some false) available in the book about the Moon
  • Rolorel
This Jules Verne classic is worth the read. There are two books. One about the attempt to get off the ground, and one about the voyage itself. I was amazed at how close to right he was about some details and how wrong about others. The only reason for 4 stars was the poor Kindle formatting, but that's just a quibble. Recommended reading.
  • digytal soul
The bookcover is very Wells written, As alas by Jules Verne. Very precise, very thorougly grounded on facts. However, it is based on more thank 100 years oli situatuon in science, itse no more future and in that sen no more interesting at alla. To learn the social life and beginnings of science at that time the bookcover is worth reading indeed.
  • Enalonasa
This is an exciting and well wriiten adventure. Jules Verne provides an excellent account of what as known about the moon back in the 1800's. Simply a riveting story with a surprise ending.
The title sums up my review. I started reading it but put it down because it never caught my interest. I have read other books by Jules Verne, such as Mysterious Island, and enjoyed them, but this one just wasn't very interesting to me.