An Unknown World
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AN UNKNOWN WORLD
by Pierre de Selenes
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Pierre Normand
Inhabitants of Earth, be welcome among us. Since the day when your courage permitted you to cross the distance separating us, when you came as the messengers of a world imperfectly known thus far, we have conceived the hope of finally entering into a sustained relationship with the globe around which we are gravitating.
In this unofficial sequel to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, astronomer Francois Mathieu-Rollere, Lord Douglas Rodilan and two Frenchmen, Marcel and Jacques, purchase the giant cannon and shell used by the Gun Club to send the first men into space and launch their own expedition to the Moon.
Once there, they encounter the advanced, utopian civilization of the Meolicenes who live inside our satellite.
Written in the 1880s, A World Unknown is remarkable because of the author's ardent desire to imagine and describe things that no one had ever imagined or described before, in the quest to widen the horizons of human imagination.
An Unknown World: Two Years on the Moon (Un Monde Inconnu, Deux Ans sur la Lune) (Flammarion, 1896)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.