From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

Verne's 1865 tale of a trip to the moon is 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. There are other similarities, too. Verne's cannon was named the Columbiad; the Apollo 11 command module was named Columbia. Apollo 11 had a three-person crew, just as Verne's did; and both blasted off from the American state of Florida. Even the return to earth happened in more-or-less the same place. Coincidence -- or fact!? We say you'll have to read this story yourself to judge.


Chapter 1. The Gun Club

Chapter 2. President Barbicane’s Communication

Chapter 3. Effect of the President’s Communication

Chapter 4. Reply from the Observatory of Cambridge

Chapter 5. The Romance of the Moon

Chapter 6. Permissive Limits of Ignorance and Belief in the United States

Chapter 7. The Hymn of the Cannon-Ball

Chapter 8. History of the Cannon

Chapter 9. The Question of the Powders

Chapter I0. One Enemy v. Twenty-Five Millions of Friends

Chapter 11. Florida and Texas

Chapter 12. Urbi Et Orbi

Chapter 13. Stones Hill

Chapter 14. Pickaxe and Trowel

Chapter 15. The Fete of the Casting

Chapter 16. The Columbiad

Chapter 17. A Telegraphic Dispatch

Chapter 18. The Passenger of the Atlanta

Chapter 19. A Monster Meeting

Chapter 20. Attack and Riposte

Chapter 21. How a Frenchman Manages an Affair

Chapter 22. The New Citizen of the United States

Chapter 23. The Projectile-Vehicle

Chapter 24. The Telescope of the Rocky Mountains

Chapter 25. Final Details

Chapter 26. Fire!

Chapter 27. Foul Weather

Chapter 28. A New Star