From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Another great Verne tale; this one has some very original ideas mixed in with the fabulous details of 19th century science. If you liked the technical details in Tom Clancy's books, you'll certainly enjoy the technical discussions in this book. And, like de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, this book is a fascinating glimpse of Americans by a European. Select an invention:

Columbiad - 900 foot cannon

Communicate with Extraterrestrials - first use of concept

Free Return Trajectory - first mention

Gourmet Space Cuisine

Launching Facility - in Florida

Light Pressure Propulsion - first use of this idea

Projectile-Vehicle - Verne's spacecraft

Retro-Rockets - Verne invented them!

Splashdown - the original idea


Weightlessness - true science fiction discovery is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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Science Fiction
in the News

Tesla Promises Fully Autonomous Cars By 2018
re: Arthur C. Clarke

Light Molecules (And Maybe Light Sabers, Someday)
re: John W. Campbell

Telepresence In The Office
re: Niven and Pournelle

Piper, Google's 2 Billion Line Code Repository, Needs A Cool Display
re: Isaac Asimov

WEpod Driverless Vehicle On The Netherlands Roads
re: Larry Niven

Computer Predicts Psychosis Better Than Psychiatrists
re: Philip K. Dick

Robot Evolution Needs Mass Extinction Events
re: Philip K. Dick

Lab-Grown Kidneys Implanted Successfully - In Animals
re: Larry Niven

Korean Lab Ready To Clone Your Dog
re: Various

DARPA NeuroTech Hand With Natural Sensation
re: George Lucas

Nuke Mars To Terraform It, Says Elon Musk
re: Olaf Stapledon

Texas-Sized Ice Slab Found On Mars
re: Robert Heinlein

Invisible Drones Will (Not) Appear Over Your Town
re: EE 'Doc Smith

Transwheel Drone Robotic Delivery Vehicle
re: George Lucas

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