The American Civil War has already ended. A Gun Club plays with the idea of building a weapon which can shoot a projectile to the Moon. Calculations and funding are only a part of the obstacles in the way. The original plan does not include people on board. Despite this not only one but three inventors take part of the trip. Will they survive the incredible acceleration caused by the explosion? Will they manage to get to the Moon?
Jules Verne takes us on a scientific and imaginative journey to the Moon in the science-fiction novel ”From the Earth to the Moon”. The story is not only impressing due to the formidable telling skills of Jules Verne but also due to the fact that it is written almost 100 years before man finally stepped foot on the moon.
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist who mostly wrote adventure fiction inspired by the scientific advances of the 19th century. With the help of editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel he wrote a series of books called ”Extraordinary Travels”, which includes ”Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864), ”Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870), and ”Around the World in Eighty Days” (1873). Widely popular with both children and adults, Verne is one of the most translated authors of all times, and still inspires people the world over.