Sometimes a story so fantastic comes along that someone comes along to try to make it reality. De la Terre à la Lune is one of those. When Jules Verne published it in 1865, he had no idea that just over 100 years later man would walk on the moon.
No really, we did. And that fact alone gives this book an unusual feel. You can read it as an adventure story or as a comparison to the actual events. (Hint: NASA didn’t use a cannon, but they did launch from Florida.)
As always, a public domain English translation is matched up against the French original, because who wants just the translation? I’ve not yet prepared it, but the ebook will be at Scribd when I do. Just remember to buy a copy of a super fun story for yourself.