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Monday, June 19, 2017

Autour de la Lune: Web Edition Updated

I have just posted an updated version of Jules Verne's 1870 novel Autour de la Lune (Around the Moon). This is the sequel to 1865's De la terre à la lune (From the Earth to the Moon), which left our intrepid explorers apparently stranded in orbit around the Moon.

The present novel picks up the story from inside the projectile moments before it was fired from the giant cannon toward the Moon and recounts their subsequent adventures. As always, Verne does not stint on details, and readers will learn much of what was known in the mid-19th century about selenography. The story is not the classic the original work was, nor does it have the subtext of technology as a modern sacrament, but it is a worthy sequel.

The original version Web version was posted in 2002. This edition updates all of the documents to contemporary Web standards (XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS3), uses Unicode for text elements such as ellipses and dashes, improves formatting and navigation, and corrects a few typographical errors.

Posted at June 19, 2017 20:20