From the Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne
Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verneâ€™s prophetic novel of manâ€™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 Barbicaneâ€™s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a â€œmannedâ€ flight, one manâ€™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 Verneâ€™s timeless masterpieces 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.