The War of the Rebellion is over--and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen--and make the moon our thirty-eighth State!" When From the earth to the moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space? Today, like so many of Jules Verne's prophecies, space travel is almost a reality. Going from the earth to the moon may be man's next great adventure!