COIN 2: ALBATROSS FLYING SHIP
When the mysterious engineer Robur rushed into the Philadelphia Airline, his members thought he was a fool. Hearings on hovercraft heavier than air were laughing and persisting in the belief that the best way to conquer the heavens is to control the airship. So that Robur could prove his truth, kidnapped a few aviatics, introduced them his breakthrough invention and took them on an adventurous journey around the world … So begins the story of Jules Verne’s science-fiction novel “Robur the Conqueror” of 1886.
The description of his invention was incredibly accurate, and in a long time he was ahead of time. Albatros flew on a similar principle as today’s helicopters. A set of thirty-seven horizontally rotating counter-propellers carried it. The vessel was made of hardened pressed paper, fueled by fuel-cell electricity and it was capable of developing a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour. The electric airship La France inspired him a lot. It took a breakthrough controlled flight in 1884 and managed to return to the start inspite of the wind.
COIN 3: MECHANICAL ELEPHANT
When engineer Banks invites colonel Munro to travel to the northern parts of India, it looks like a hunting adventure is waiting for them, recognizing the impassable jungle and the deep hill of the Himalayas. A walking elephant steam-driven colossus, originally made as a toy for a wealthy radiant should serve as a means of transport. Their expeditions soon turn into a bloody way for revenge. There is the indigenous rebellion against colonial domination in India and Munro encounters an old enemy named Nana Sahib … This is the story of Jules Verne’s science-fiction novel from 1880.
Although it is a lesser known Verne story, it has come out fourteen times, nine of which under the name Earth of beasts, twice as Nana Sahib and three times with the title of Steel Pearl. A literal translation of the original French title of the book is Steam House. An enormous mechanical elephant, which carries two residential bungalows, provides travelers with all the conceivable comfort of the late 19th century. Unlike a traditional train, the elephant does not need rails and is also capable of cruising on the water – its legs act as paddle wheels and the raised trunk serves as a chimney.
COIN 4: COLUMBIAD SPACE GUN
The president of the Baltimore shooting club convenes its members to familiarize them with their revolutionary ideas shortly after the end of the American Civil War. He believes he can build a cannon so powerful that it can reach the moon. The idea will inspire all the participants and preparations begin immediately. They count cannon, projectile, and gunpowder specifications, and try to get unimaginable finances for their space business. French adventurer who would like to become a passenger of their projectile and set out to visit our closest cosmic neighbor will have a surprise for them …
This is the story of Jules Verne’s science-fiction novels From Earth to the Moon (1865) and Around the Moon (1870). The French writer miraculously managed to predict several real scientific facts. For example, a 270-meter-long cannon buried in the ground is located in Florida near to the real spaceport at Cape Canaveral, where Apollo 11 the crew of which actually reached the moon started hundreds of years later. Adventurers in the book, as well as today’s astronauts, use rockets to correct the flight path, and their journey ends by landing on the ocean. Verne, however, made several mistakes when he underestimated the effects of overload, weightlessness and vacuum.