An International Mission to the Moon
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AN INTERNATIONAL MISSION TO THE MOON
by Jean Petithuguenin
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Pierre Normand
The three scientists placed their helmets on their shoulders and sealed them hermetically. The exit maneuver was executed perfectly. Standing side by side in the earthlight, in their rigid and monstrous carapaces, they offered a fantastic sight.
An International Mission to the Moon (1926) is one of a group of novels produced in different countries in the 1920s that attempted to produce realistic accounts of a voyage to the moon effected by means of rocket propulsion. It boasts the most substantial literary pedigree, and is the most realistic, far closer to that eventual reality than other, more primitive efforts. Petithuguenin's interest in technological advancement and the possibility of space travel are real and well-informed; he became one of the first experimenters in France with what would later come to be called hard science fiction.
The Secret of the Incas (1927) is a traditional Jules Vernian, fast-paced exotic adventure thriller in which a French expedition goes in search of the holy city of the Incas in the Andes.
The Great Current (1931) is a classic "yellow peril" melodrama, that focuses innovatively on the necessity of developing new sources of energy to replace the fossil fuels that are inevitably in limited supply, and means of capturing solar radiation more directly.
Une Mission Internationale sur la Lune [An International Mission to the Moon] (1926/33)
Le Grand Courant [The Great Current] (1931)
Le Secret des Incas [The Secret of the Incas] (1927)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.