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''From the Earth to the Moon'' (French: ''De la Terre à la Lune'') is a novel published in 1865, written by Creator/JulesVerne about making a travel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from the earth to the moon]].

Some time after the AmericanCivilWar, members of a certain social club in Baltimore, called The Gun Club (because it consists largely of [[JustifiedTrope Civil War artillery officers and various defense industrialists]]) starts wondering what can they do in these times of peace ó during the war they entertained themselves building guns that kept going bigger and bigger, but that's an expensive hobby in a peacetime.

The club members propose various wacky schemes [[WhatTheHellHero up to starting a new war]], until one of them suggest doing something that sounds impossible: shooting a giant bullet towards the moon, for no reason other than to show they can do it. Things only get more interesting when an eccentric Frenchman, Michel Ardan, asks them to shoot a hollow projectile where he can travel to the moon.

The book is known for [[ShownTheirWork showing off Verneís investigation]]; even though ScienceMarchesOn and some things he stipulated are now known to be incorrect, he still guessed a lot of facts right. Itís even more important if you consider that, when the book was written, there was almost nothing to investigate, since nobody knew anything about space travel or the characteristics of the moon.

Five years later, Verne wrote a follow up, ''Around the Moon'' (French: ''Autour de la Lune''), about the situations that Ardan and his two companions on the projectile, Barbicane and Nicholl, have to deal with while on their way to the moon and back. As a curious fact, the book finished in his serialized form in 1869; exactly a hundred years later, man would reach the moon.

There was also a third novel, ''The Purchase of the North Pole'' (French: ''Sans dessus dessous''). This one doesnít deal with the moon at all and only has the characters in common; the plot is about the Gun Clubís attempt to destabilize the Earthís orbit in order to exploit the wealth of the North Pole, [[WhatTheHellHero completely disregarding the well-being of the rest of the inhabitants of the Earth]]. That's because it was written in the Verne's later, [[HumansAreBastards more misanthropic period]], and is largely a satire at the rampant commercialization of the world.

''From the Earth to the Moon'' was loosely adapted into the GeorgesMelies [[SilentFilms silent film]] ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'' (1903), which is regarded today as a milestone in the development of EarlyFilms.

!!The book has the following tropes:

* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The astronauts get to the moon by being shot out of a 900 foot long cannon. In order to reach sufficient velocity to reach the Moon while traveling the length of the cannon, the ship would have to accelerate at 22,000 gravities, which would squash the astronauts inside it flat no matter what precautions were taken.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Michael Ardan is asked whether it is not foolish, since there is little or no air on the Moon? "Then I will only breathe on special occasions!" he quips.
* {{BFG}}: The cannon used to launch the projectile.
* BoldExplorer: Michael Ardan, who persuades the Gun Club to build a hollow shell that can carry him (and some others) to the moon.
* {{Determinator}}: The American people. More precisely, the members of the Gun Club.
* DuelToTheDeath: Nicholl challenges Barbicane to a duel with rifles. [[spoiler:Both were late, though, for different reasons]].
* {{Eagleland}}: The United States are portrayed as a bunch of TriggerHappy, hard-working {{Determinator}}s.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''From the Earth to the Moon'' is about making a gun big enough to shoot a bullet from the earth to the moon. ''Around the Moon'' is about the voyage of the three astronauts[[note]]or, in modern [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct parlance]], two astronauts and one spationaut[[/note]] around the moon.
* GunNut: The Gun Club. For them, a true gun started from a cannon ''upwards''.
--> '''J. T. Maston''' (upon hearing the Moon Gun should be a reasonable 225ft long): ''"Ridiculous! As well take a pistol." ''
* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran. [[WordOfGod The given explanation]] is he lost the hand and got a horrible head wound (which he covers with a guttapercha skullcap) when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a giant mortar he designed exploded at first shot]] killing 375 men an disabling even more.
** All but one member of the gun club are missing a limb or two. They work with explosives all the time, pre-TNT and pre-computers.
* HumanAliens[=/=]RubberForeheadAliens: The astronauts talk about how the moonmen they expect to find are and if they, in fact, exist. [[spoiler:Itís not exactly a spoiler to say they find none]].
* HumanCannonball: Well, they at least use a vehicle here. Nevermind that the G-forces should have crushed them.
* InterplanetaryVoyage
* LargeHam: Michel Ardan and J. T. Maston.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Captain Nicholl, as Ardan and Maston find out the day of the duel.
* [[TheMountainsOfIllinois The Mountains of Florida]]: Verne gets full marks for locating the launch site, he loses half of it for digging the gun into a hill much taller than the highest spot in the state.
* NationalAnthem: "Yankee Doodle" serves as one here, since at the time, the United States didn't have an official national anthem.
* {{Omnibus}}: Nowadays, the first two books are issued as one.
* PatrioticFervor: Again, the American people.
* PetTheDog: Captain Nicholl, who [[spoiler:misses his duel with Barbicane since he stopped on the way to save a small bird who has got stuck in a tarantula's net.]]
* SequelHook
* SceneryPorn
* ScienceFantasy
* ScienceMarchesOn: Some of the facts are wrong, but you canít blame Verne for not knowing something that nobody else knew. ''Around the Moon'' in particular suffers from this, considering the book is mostly about three people discussing the moon and the space around them.
* ShownTheirWork: Verne went to great lenghs to specify solid numbers to support the charactersí plan. There are also things that he predicted correctly, like the location the astronauts would launch from, the number of astronauts and, within a range of error, where they would land.
* SpaceIsCold
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The only person in the entire United States of America who ''doesn't'' think it's a good idea to spend millions of dollars so they can shoot the moon is shown to have had a previous grudge against the president of the Gun Club, and is only protesting because of said grudge. And then they reconcile and he decides to go along with the plan anyway, going so far as to ''go to the moon with them''.
** Also, the only country that is asked to give money for this venture and doesn't is Britain, who claims it's because they believe it's not going to work, "But this was nothing more than mere English jealousy."
* TriggerHappy: Most of the Gun Club, but J. T. Maston deserves a special mention.
* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Impey Barbicane.
* WhatTheHellHero: Maston was more than willing to start a war with France because they laughed at an American and another war with Mexico only to acquire land for the launching, nevermind the fact that they [[{{Florida}} already had land below the latitude required]]. In ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', the Gun Club didnít seem to mind that tilting the axis of the Earth would provoke floods in other parts of the world.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Michel Ardan is based on a Verne's close friend Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, a famous photographer, journalist and aeronautics enthusiast, better known as [[SignificantAnagram Nadar]].
** Ironically, in the sequel Ardan mentions Nadar as a model that the moonmen may have had a copy of.

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''From the Earth to the Moon'' (French: ''De la Terre à la Lune'') This is a disambiguation page. You may be looking for:

* ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', an 1865
novel published in 1865, written by Creator/JulesVerne about making a travel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from the earth to the moon]].

Some time after the AmericanCivilWar, members of a certain social club in Baltimore, called The Gun Club (because it consists largely of [[JustifiedTrope Civil War artillery officers and various defense industrialists]]) starts wondering what can they do in these times of peace ó during the war they entertained themselves building guns that kept going bigger and bigger, but that's
Creator/JulesVerne.
* ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'',
an expensive hobby in a peacetime.

The club members propose various wacky schemes [[WhatTheHellHero up to starting a new war]], until one of them suggest doing something that sounds impossible: shooting a giant bullet towards the moon, for no reason other than to show they can do it. Things only get more interesting when an eccentric Frenchman, Michel Ardan, asks them to shoot a hollow projectile where he can travel to the moon.

The book is known for [[ShownTheirWork showing off Verneís investigation]]; even though ScienceMarchesOn and some things he stipulated are now known to be incorrect, he still guessed a lot of facts right. Itís even more important if you consider that, when the book was written, there was almost nothing to investigate, since nobody knew anything about space travel or the characteristics of the moon.

Five years later, Verne wrote a follow up, ''Around the Moon'' (French: ''Autour de la Lune''),
HBO miniseries about the situations that Ardan and his two companions on the projectile, Barbicane and Nicholl, have to deal with while on their way to the moon and back. As a curious fact, the book finished in his serialized form in 1869; exactly a hundred years later, man would reach the moon.

There was also a third novel, ''The Purchase of the North Pole'' (French: ''Sans dessus dessous''). This one doesnít deal with the moon at all and only has the characters in common; the plot is about the Gun Clubís attempt to destabilize the Earthís orbit in order to exploit the wealth of the North Pole, [[WhatTheHellHero completely disregarding the well-being of the rest of the inhabitants of the Earth]]. That's because it was written in the Verne's later, [[HumansAreBastards more misanthropic period]], and is largely a satire at the rampant commercialization of the world.

''From the Earth to the Moon'' was loosely adapted into the GeorgesMelies [[SilentFilms silent film]] ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'' (1903), which is regarded today as a milestone in the development of EarlyFilms.

!!The book has the following tropes:

* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The astronauts get to the moon by being shot out of a 900 foot long cannon. In order to reach sufficient velocity to reach the Moon while traveling the length of the cannon, the ship would have to accelerate at 22,000 gravities, which would squash the astronauts inside it flat no matter what precautions were taken.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Michael Ardan is asked whether it is not foolish, since there is little or no air on the Moon? "Then I will only breathe on special occasions!" he quips.
* {{BFG}}: The cannon used to launch the projectile.
* BoldExplorer: Michael Ardan, who persuades the Gun Club to build a hollow shell that can carry him (and some others) to the moon.
* {{Determinator}}: The American people. More precisely, the members of the Gun Club.
* DuelToTheDeath: Nicholl challenges Barbicane to a duel with rifles. [[spoiler:Both were late, though, for different reasons]].
* {{Eagleland}}: The United States are portrayed as a bunch of TriggerHappy, hard-working {{Determinator}}s.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''From the Earth to the Moon'' is about making a gun big enough to shoot a bullet from the earth to the moon. ''Around the Moon'' is about the voyage of the three astronauts[[note]]or, in modern [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct parlance]], two astronauts and one spationaut[[/note]] around the moon.
* GunNut: The Gun Club. For them, a true gun started from a cannon ''upwards''.
--> '''J. T. Maston''' (upon hearing the Moon Gun should be a reasonable 225ft long): ''"Ridiculous! As well take a pistol." ''
* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran. [[WordOfGod The given explanation]] is he lost the hand and got a horrible head wound (which he covers with a guttapercha skullcap) when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a giant mortar he designed exploded at first shot]] killing 375 men an disabling even more.
** All but one member of the gun club are missing a limb or two. They work with explosives all the time, pre-TNT and pre-computers.
* HumanAliens[=/=]RubberForeheadAliens: The astronauts talk about how the moonmen they expect to find are and if they, in fact, exist. [[spoiler:Itís not exactly a spoiler to say they find none]].
* HumanCannonball: Well, they at least use a vehicle here. Nevermind that the G-forces should have crushed them.
* InterplanetaryVoyage
* LargeHam: Michel Ardan and J. T. Maston.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Captain Nicholl, as Ardan and Maston find out the day of the duel.
* [[TheMountainsOfIllinois The Mountains of Florida]]: Verne gets full marks for locating the launch site, he loses half of it for digging the gun into a hill much taller than the highest spot in the state.
* NationalAnthem: "Yankee Doodle" serves as one here, since at the time, the United States didn't have an official national anthem.
* {{Omnibus}}: Nowadays, the first two books are issued as one.
* PatrioticFervor: Again, the American people.
* PetTheDog: Captain Nicholl, who [[spoiler:misses his duel with Barbicane since he stopped on the way to save a small bird who has got stuck in a tarantula's net.]]
* SequelHook
* SceneryPorn
* ScienceFantasy
* ScienceMarchesOn: Some of the facts are wrong, but you canít blame Verne for not knowing something that nobody else knew. ''Around the Moon'' in particular suffers from this, considering the book is mostly about three people discussing the moon and the space around them.
* ShownTheirWork: Verne went to great lenghs to specify solid numbers to support the charactersí plan. There are also things that he predicted correctly, like the location the astronauts would launch from, the number of astronauts and, within a range of error, where they would land.
* SpaceIsCold
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The only person in the entire United States of America who ''doesn't'' think it's a good idea to spend millions of dollars so they can shoot the moon is shown to have had a previous grudge against the president of the Gun Club, and is only protesting because of said grudge. And then they reconcile and he decides to go along with the plan anyway, going so far as to ''go to the moon with them''.
** Also, the only country that is asked to give money for this venture and doesn't is Britain, who claims it's because they believe it's not going to work, "But this was nothing more than mere English jealousy."
* TriggerHappy: Most of the Gun Club, but J. T. Maston deserves a special mention.
* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Impey Barbicane.
* WhatTheHellHero: Maston was more than willing to start a war with France because they laughed at an American and another war with Mexico only to acquire land for the launching, nevermind the fact that they [[{{Florida}} already had land below the latitude required]]. In ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', the Gun Club didnít seem to mind that tilting the axis of the Earth would provoke floods in other parts of the world.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Michel Ardan is based on a Verne's close friend Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, a famous photographer, journalist and aeronautics enthusiast, better known as [[SignificantAnagram Nadar]].
** Ironically, in the sequel Ardan mentions Nadar as a model that the moonmen may have had a copy of.
Apollo program.
18th Dec '12 1:46:46 PM Xtifr
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* BoldExplorer: Michael Ardan, who persuades the Gun Club to build a hollow shell that can carry him (and some others) to the moon.
7th Dec '12 4:00:08 PM Nautilus1
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* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran. [[WordOfGod The given explanation]] is he lost the hand and got a horrible head wound (which he covers with a guttapercha skullcap) when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a giant mortar he designed exploded at first shot]] killing 375 men an disablign even more.

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* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran. [[WordOfGod The given explanation]] is he lost the hand and got a horrible head wound (which he covers with a guttapercha skullcap) when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a giant mortar he designed exploded at first shot]] killing 375 men an disablign disabling even more.
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* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran.

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* HookHand: J. T. Maston, due to him being a Civil War veteran. [[WordOfGod The given explanation]] is he lost the hand and got a horrible head wound (which he covers with a guttapercha skullcap) when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a giant mortar he designed exploded at first shot]] killing 375 men an disablign even more.
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* DuelToTheDeath: Nicholl challenges Barbicane to a duel. [[spoiler:Both were late, though, for different reasons]].

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* DuelToTheDeath: Nicholl challenges Barbicane to a duel.duel with rifles. [[spoiler:Both were late, though, for different reasons]].
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--> '''J. T. Maston''', hearing the gun should be a reasonable 225ft long: ''"Ridiculous! As well take a pistol." ''

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--> '''J. T. Maston''', Maston''' (upon hearing the gun Moon Gun should be a reasonable 225ft long: long): ''"Ridiculous! As well take a pistol." ''
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* GunNut: The Gun Club.

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* GunNut: The Gun Club. For them, a true gun started from a cannon ''upwards''.
--> '''J. T. Maston''', hearing the gun should be a reasonable 225ft long: ''"Ridiculous! As well take a pistol." ''
1st Dec '12 2:57:53 PM Nautilus1
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''From the Earth to the Moon'' is about making a gun big enough to shoot a bullet from the earth to the moon. ''Around the Moon'' is about the voyage of the three astronauts around the moon.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''From the Earth to the Moon'' is about making a gun big enough to shoot a bullet from the earth to the moon. ''Around the Moon'' is about the voyage of the three astronauts[[note]]or, in modern [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct parlance]], two astronauts and one spationaut[[/note]] around the moon.
18th Oct '12 3:30:33 PM lackingwittytitle
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The club members propose various wacky schemes [[WhatTheHellHero up to starting a new war]], until one of them suggest doing something that sounds impossible: shooting a giant bullet towards the moon, for no reason other than to show they can do it. Things only get more interesting when an exentric Frenchman, Michel Ardan, asks them to shoot a hollow projectile where he can travel to the moon.

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The club members propose various wacky schemes [[WhatTheHellHero up to starting a new war]], until one of them suggest doing something that sounds impossible: shooting a giant bullet towards the moon, for no reason other than to show they can do it. Things only get more interesting when an exentric eccentric Frenchman, Michel Ardan, asks them to shoot a hollow projectile where he can travel to the moon.


Added DiffLines:

* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The only person in the entire United States of America who ''doesn't'' think it's a good idea to spend millions of dollars so they can shoot the moon is shown to have had a previous grudge against the president of the Gun Club, and is only protesting because of said grudge. And then they reconcile and he decides to go along with the plan anyway, going so far as to ''go to the moon with them''.
** Also, the only country that is asked to give money for this venture and doesn't is Britain, who claims it's because they believe it's not going to work, "But this was nothing more than mere English jealousy."
26th Sep '12 11:00:07 PM Arivne
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* WhatTheHellHero: Maston was more than willing to start a war with France because they laughed at an American and another war with Mexico only to acquire land for the launching, nevermind the fact that they [[{{Florida}} already had land below the latitude required]]. In ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', the Gun Club didnít seem to mind that tilting the axis of the Earth would provoke floods in other parts of the world.



* WhatTheHellHero: Maston was more than willing to start a war with France because they laughed at an American and another war with Mexico only to acquire land for the launching, nevermind the fact that they [[{{Florida}} already had land below the latitude required]]. In ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', the Gun Club didnít seem to mind that tilting the axis of the Earth would provoke floods in other parts of the world.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Maston was more than willing to start a war with France because they laughed at an American and another war with Mexico only to acquire land for the launching, nevermind the fact that they [[{{Florida}} already had land below the latitude required]]. In ''The Purchase of the North Pole'', the Gun Club didnít seem to mind that tilting the axis of the Earth would provoke floods in other parts of the world.
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