The Gun Club of Baltimore is surely the most famous Gun Club in the world -- for did not this madly ambitious group launch a capsule from the Earth's surface up through the atmosphere, and then beyond, toward the Moon?
Now Barbicane and Nicholl's famous club is engaged in an absurdly massive project once again, a project of literally Earth-shaking proportions. Barbicane has purchased the northern polar ice cap -- for its thick veins of coal. And the plan is no less than to tip the Earth on its axis, to bring a temperate climate around the globe . . . and enable the mining of those valuable deposits!
Written two decades after From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne's visionary novel Sans Dessus Dessous, known in English as Topsy-Turvy, or The Purchase of the North Pole, saw first publication in 1889.
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December 31, 2009
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