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From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon (Illustrated Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jules Verne
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- Beautifully illustrated with delightful sketches that accompanied early editions of the novel, this is one of the great early works of science fiction.

- From the Earth to the Moon tells the incredible fictional story of a nineteenth century project to construct an enormous gun in Florida that would fire a manned projectile to the moon. Despite the minimal data available at the time it was written, some of Jules Verne's calculations for the story were remarkably accurate. The manned projectile is considered one of the earliest fictional spaceships to have been at the heart of a science fiction novel.

- Just as gripping today as it would have been when published all those years ago, the tale remains a sci-fi classic and is still widely read around the world.

- This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and includes the sequel 'And Round the Moon'.

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About the Author

Jules Verne was born on 08 February 1828 in Nantes, Western France. He was the oldest of five children and spent the majority of his early years at home with his parents. At the age of nine Verne and his brother were sent to boarding school at the Saint Donatien College.

From a young age Verne showed great interest in travel and exploration, a passion he exploited by writing adventure stories and science fiction. After completing his studies, Verne travelled to Paris to study law, and in 1848 he began writing liberettos for operettas. For some years his attentions were divided between the theatre and work, but some travellers’ stories which he wrote for the Musée des Familles revealed to him his talent for writing fiction.

When Verne's father discovered that his son was writing rather than studying law, he promptly withdrew his financial support. Verne was forced to support himself as a stockbroker, which he hated, despite being somewhat successful at it. During this period he met Alexandre Dumas who offered him writing advice and became a close friend. He also met Honorine de Viane Morel who became his wife in 1857.

While his novels had previously been rejected by publishers, after making the acquaintance of the editor and publisher, Pierre Jules Hetzel, Verne's literary career was launched. In 1863 Five Weeks in a Balloon, or Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen was published to wide acclaim - the first of his ‘extraordinary adventures’ series. It was followed soon after by Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and its sequel All Around the Moon (1870), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1869 – 70) and The Mysterious Island (1874 – 5).

Many of his novels were first serialised in Hetzel's Magazine d'Éducation et de Récréation. When not living in Amiens, France, Verne and his wife spent much time sailing on his ship the Saint-Michel. His own adventures sailing to myriad ports in the British Isles, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the Mediterranean provided inspiration for his short stories and novels. In the later years of his life Verne continued to travel and write. He died aged 77 on 24 March 1905 in Amiens, France.

After Jules Verne’s death, his son Michel Verne oversaw publication of the novels Invasion of the Sea and The Lighthouse at the End of the World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Illustrated Publishing (22 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JVVS9Q6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his
son, Michel.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wildly entertaining story 30 Nov. 2002
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While I naturally have long admired Jules Verne for his outstanding scientific vision and prodigious talent as a writer, I really had no idea that he could also write in such an entertaining and humorous fashion as revealed in this short novel. My memories of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea consist to a large degree of stretches of pages devoted to pure scientific language that could be hard to get through, but this book is an easy read full of action and laugh-out-loud commentary. Don't get me wrong, though--the science is here, and Verne goes into a lot of details concerning the project from conception to reality, walking us through all of the steps involved in constructing the cannon and its projectile. Surely, though, Verne knew that the very idea of launching men to the moon via a superhuge cannon was not really an idea that could work; as such, he lets the story and especially his characterizations of the main players in the drama, take center stage over the science. What we end up with is a study of sorts of the American character, a tribute to the power of imagination and dreaming, the glorification of science, and a very funny story about some really amazing characters.
I can not begin to relate the number of truly humorous anecdotes and observations filling the pages of this story. Barbicane, J. T. Maston, and Michel Ardan are quite memorable characters, and their acts and exploits will entertain you to no end. Verne introduces subtle but hilarious remarks and observations throughout the entire book that will make you laugh out loud. If the idea of hard scientific theorizing has scared you away from Verne, pick this book up and be wholly entertained. I would recommend, though, that you pick up a copy that also contains the sequel, Round the Moon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLAST OFF?! 30 Aug. 2012
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`From The Earth To The Moon'* (1865) is a novel that should ultimately fail to hold any real purpose or interest in the 21st century. After all, its premise (Is it possible to send a projectile to the moon?) is utterly redundant. Not only did Neil Armstrong's 1969 steps prove that such a feat could be achieved, but the method suggested in `From The Earth To The Moon' (firing a capsule into space from a gigantic artillery gun) was scientific nonsense. With all of these facts stacked against it, why then is the novel still intriguingly readable and entertaining?

The answer surely lies in the fact Jules Verne appears to have written `From The Earth To The Moon' with his tongue lodged firmly in his cheek. Rather than offer a serious exercise in speculative lunar exploration, it is more cock-eyed study of the human obsessions of war, imperialism and personality cults that permeated the late 19th century. Indeed, it would seem that Verne himself did not believe that a voyage to the moon was actually possible and overwhelmed his reader with a tidal wave of scientific `facts' that served to mask some glaring omissions in his supposed theory (the most blatant being that the projectile would be squashed to pancake thinness upon firing!). Let us therefore look at the themes that the book satirises.

War and imperialism certainly get a good kicking in `From The Earth To The Moon'. The whole idea of launching a projectile to the moon stems from the frustration of the USA's artillery manufacturers following the end of the American Civil War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Verne's lesser-known gems 9 Nov. 2011
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Apparently considered a poorer relation to the more famous 20,000 Leagues and Around the World in 80 Days, I found this at least as enjoyable to read. It moved along at quite a pace, and although the technical details meant that it read a bit like a maths book for a few pages early on and to some, it could be considered a bit 'Boy's Own', some amusing (by today's standards) historical facts and general action, meant that by the end, I was reading it faster and with some excitement. I wish I had read it when I was at school. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Verne the Master story teller 18 July 2004
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I have recently started to read Verne's novels and have found them to be very entertaining indeed. Although From the Earth to the Moon is not perhaps as well written as Around the World In Eighty Days, or Twenty thousand Leagues Under The Sea, it is still worth dipping into. The characterisation is not brilliant, but the story itself is entertaining. Anyone who is a fan of the birth of science fiction as a genre should read this book.

Verne attempts to explain exactly how to send a group of men to the moon with scientific reasoning. It is fascinating reading about the various opinions that existed at the time regarding who inhabited the moon, what it was made of and various other strange questions that we take for granted nowadays.

The ending to the novel was not what I expected and should leave the reader satisfied. A charming read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preparations for a cannon shot to the moon. 4 Jun. 1999
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This is a prophetic, both scientifically and socially, novel by Jules Verne that was first published in 1865. Verne was a satiric critic whose novel strongly hints at the future military industrial complex. This story depicts a club of artillery experts, the Baltimore Gun Club, bemoaning the end of the U. S. Civil War. The President of the Club, Impey Barbicane, comes up with a new project: a cannon shot to the moon. The idea for having passengers comes from a Frenchman. Most of the novel is concerned with the preparations for the launch which occurs at the end of the book. The story continues in Verne's sequel, "Round the Moon" (1870). It's amazing how many things Verne correctly predicted. Verne was perhaps the first author who attempts to make his novels agree with the science known at his time, although there are still mistakes. Verne is also making a number of political points as well in comparing the freedom observed in the U. S. and the real lack of such freedom in France of the 1860s. Readers should also note that Walter James Miller has provided an annotated edition of this novel in 1978 that is excellent.
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