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From the Earth to the Moon, Version 2

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Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon, Version 2" is a thrilling and imaginative novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through space. The story follows a group of ambitious characters who set out to launch a manned mission to the moon using a massive gun as their means of propulsion. Verne's attention to detail and scientific accuracy make the novel feel incredibly realistic, even though it was written over a century ago.

The characters in the book are well-developed and engaging, each with their own unique motivations and personalities. The protagonist, Impey Barbicane, is a determined and resourceful leader who pushes the boundaries of what is possible in order to achieve his goal of reaching the moon. His interactions with the other members of the mission team add depth and complexity to the story, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end.

Verne's writing style is as captivating as ever, seamlessly blending scientific facts with a sense of adventure and wonder. The descriptions of the journey to the moon are vivid and immersive, allowing readers to experience the excitement and danger of space travel alongside the characters. The novel also touches on themes of ambition, exploration, and the limitless capabilities of human ingenuity, making it a thought-provoking read that will stay with readers long after they have finished the book.

Overall, "From the Earth to the Moon, Version 2" is a timeless classic that continues to captivate readers with its gripping story and imaginative vision of space travel. Verne's masterful storytelling and attention to detail make this novel a must-read for science fiction fans and anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.

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Jules Verne takes aim at some amusing stereotypes of Americans in this story of a pre-rocketry attempt to shoot a cannonball to the Moon. Those Yankees don’t do anything by halves!

His means is a Columbiad cannon so enormous that it must be bored 900 feet into the ground, so immense that 1200 smelting furnaces would be needed to create the iron for its casting, so stupendous that 100 tons of guncotton would be needed to loft its cannonball heavenwards.

The journey must be watched from the tallest peak of the Rocky Mountains through a new telescope with a reflector measuring 16 feet in diameter and a tube reaching skyward 280 feet.

And then - a simple telegram upsets all the preparations. An unknown Frenchman has taken ship and is on the way. And he has firmly decided that he will ride inside the projectile! - Summary by Mark F. Smith

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