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From the Earth to the Moon (Bantam Classics) (urspr publ 1865; utgåvan 1993)

av Jules Verne (Författare)

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Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne’s prophetic novel of man’s race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen. When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane’s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a “manned” flight, one man’s dream turns into an international space race. A story of rip-roaring action, humor, and wild imagination, From the Earth to the Moon is as uncanny in its accuracy and as filled with authentic detail and startling immediacy as Verne’s timeless masterpieces 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. … (mer)
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Titel:From the Earth to the Moon (Bantam Classics)
Författare:Jules Verne (Författare)
Info:Bantam Classics (1993), 240 pages
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  billietexas | Feb 28, 2021 |
This is the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, an American society of arms enthusiasts, in the post-American civil revolution period, and their attempts to build a huge Columbia space weapon and launch three people on a projectile with the goal of landing on the moon.

The story is also remarkable, as Verne tried to make some approximate calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and, considering the comparative lack of empirical data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are remarkably accurate. However, its scenario proved to be impractical for safe manned space travel, as it would take a much longer barrel to reach escape speed, limiting acceleration to survival limits for passengers.

The novel shows us Jules Verne's visionary genius. It was written 103 years before man reached the moon.

During the trip back from the Moon, the Apollo 11 team made reference to Verne's book during a TV broadcast on July 23. The mission commander, astronaut Neil Armstrong, said: "A hundred years ago, Jules Verne wrote a book about a trip to the moon. His spaceship, Columbia, took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean after completing a trip. It seems appropriate to share some of the crew's reflections with you, while modern Columbia completes its encounter with planet Earth and the same Pacific Ocean tomorrow". ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Feb 22, 2021 |
Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon is, objectively, a poor book. The story is breezy and the characters sketchy even by Verne's standards. The plot is incomplete (there's a good reason why many editions include the sequel, Around the Moon, in its pages – the first book ends just as it's about to get interesting) and there's an indulgence of melodrama. There's a mass of dry scientific information; if Verne were a modern writer, he would be accused of cutting and pasting from Wikipedia articles on the cycles of the moon or the various atmospheric pressures of gases.

And yet, there's always something compelling about reading Jules Verne, for all his myriad objective flaws. I think a clue as to what this might be can be found in the fact that I instinctively (but deliberately) sought out a Bantam Pathfinder edition of From the Earth to the Moon published in 1967; that is, when Apollo was in full swing and two years before Verne's story became reality (at least in its broadest sweeps). I think a lot of the enjoyment in Verne comes from what the modern reader brings themselves: knowledge of Neil Armstrong in 1969 makes From the Earth to the Moon that much sweeter, just as knowledge of jet planes makes Around the World in Eighty Days seem romantically quaint, or knowledge of submarines makes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea seem prescient.

This appeal is subjective, of course, and perhaps Verne is only a novelty now, but there's something heartening about a man writing about using technology to go to the Moon just over one hundred years before that became reality; a vindication of mankind's optimism (and Verne's personal enthusiasm for science). Certainly, we could do with hearing more often lines like "in America… mechanical difficulties are dead before they are born" (pg. 15), particularly as the problem nowadays is our society's loss of nerve and incentive to perform the sort of scientific feats Verne was capable of imagining. It's as depressing to remember that we haven't been back to the Moon in fifty years as it is fantastic to remember the hundred years separating Verne and Apollo.

Certainly, this sort of post-modern romanticising of Verne's adventures won't be enough for many readers. Quite fairly, they'll be wanting the author to provide the substance rather than conjuring it themselves, and this Verne fails to provide. As I said, plot and character are sketchy and melodramatic; there's no heavy lifting from the storyteller on these important fronts. Verne's only real objective qualities in From the Earth to the Moon are his humour (surprisingly strong here) and his enthusiasm for scientific progress, so much so that he would write chapters in mankind's adventure a century before they came to fruition. That's not enough for some readers, but it's just about enough for me. ( )
1 rösta MikeFutcher | Nov 16, 2020 |
I love Jules Verne. I love that he tried to educate people about the scientific theories of the day through his novels. But this was just boring. It was all the science without any of the adventure. It wasn't even interesting science. Some chapters were just convoluted equations! Thank goodness it was short. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
Warning: this review contains spoilers

With the American Civil War over, the members of the Baltimore Gun Club have nothing to keep themselves entertained. But what if they could create a REALLY BIG GUN—one that could launch a projectile to the moon? The club seizes on this idea enthusiastically, and soon the whole nation is in a state of Moon-projectile fever. But wait, there’s more—someone else proposes sending up an actual human! How will this turn out?

This story is notable for how much Verne got right, namely in the choice of launching site within the US. It’s a surprisingly exciting read, even when the Gun Club members are blathering on about ballistic trajectories and the exact dimensions required of the cannon to fire the projectile. Things get particularly tense once humans are added to the projectile equation. And that ending—it’s such a cliffhanger, and is a bit nightmarish to be honest. I had to pick up the sequel, Around the Moon, immediately. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 8, 2019 |
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Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne’s prophetic novel of man’s race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen. When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane’s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a “manned” flight, one man’s dream turns into an international space race. A story of rip-roaring action, humor, and wild imagination, From the Earth to the Moon is as uncanny in its accuracy and as filled with authentic detail and startling immediacy as Verne’s timeless masterpieces 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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