[SOLO] Round the Moon by Jules Verne-ans

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Post by Kaffen » January 19th, 2021, 3:40 pm

Back to our story!

Chapter 6, wherein we learn some more astronomy. :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_06_verne_128kb.mp3

And Chapter 7, where these fine fellows are about to start a fist fight! :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_07_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by Kaffen » January 20th, 2021, 3:31 pm

Chapter 8 is ready. I have made some changes from Gutenberg's text, as I believe Gutenberg botched the transcription from the original, rather than Verne made these mistakes.

At 8:07, I have corrected the number to 78,514, to agree with the chapter title (you see why I suspect Gutenberg).

At 9:09, it's apparent that they repeated the final clause of the preceding case, which makes no sense in this one, so I have fixed it to give the intended situation of falling back to Earth.

At around 19:13, I have corrected which item weighs more where.

I am not quite sure of the intent of the text 2 sentences before this, where Nicholl is talking about artillery shells falling back... so I have not changed that, but I suspect it is another mistake.

Anyway, we are recovered from the "gaseous overdose" and enjoying microgravity for a while! As Verne had no "Vomit Comet" as an example, he would not have known of the sensations!

https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_08_verne_128kb.mp3

:D
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Post by Kaffen » January 21st, 2021, 3:54 pm

Chapter 9 is one big whoopsie! (And please be advised - I corrected the math at 12:03. Cursed be the non-engineering knaves who leave off the units they are calculating in! From "yards per second" to "leagues per hour" is not explicit... especially when considering there are at LEAST 3 different known lengths for a league... and three more for a French league!!!) :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_09_verne_128kb.mp3

In Chapter 10, we recover from the shock of discovering that the gun has missed the Moon. And let's not seriously consider the train wreck they would be in if they actually got to the Moon, since Barbicane has figured on touching down at more than 8 or 9 times the speed of an express train! :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_10_verne_128kb.mp3

And in Chapter 11 we participate in the fancy that the Moon is half man, half woman. :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_11_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by Kaffen » January 23rd, 2021, 1:46 pm

Chapter 12 is in the pot, and now you will know all you want to know about the map of the Moon! :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_12_verne_128kb.mp3


For myself, I wish Verne would make up his mind, and choose either leagues or miles for measurement, instead of mixing them. :(
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Post by Kaffen » January 23rd, 2021, 1:50 pm

I discovered I had uploaded Chapters 10 & 11 without normalizing their volume. Now I have done so and re-uploaded those chapters. The links remain as before, but there are now older versions on the server. Just saying, in case anyone (Annise?) notices!
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Post by HZFerr » January 23rd, 2021, 8:45 pm

sect 6 & 7
PL OK
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Post by HZFerr » January 23rd, 2021, 9:13 pm

sect 8
PL OK
Isn't it a bit late to think about how you're going to get back? 🚀
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Post by HZFerr » January 23rd, 2021, 9:49 pm

sect 9 & 10
PL OK
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Post by Kaffen » January 26th, 2021, 5:20 pm

Chapter 13 is up, wherein you want to have a (19th Century) map of the Moon handy! :D (I corrected "three" friends to "two" at 16:04)
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_13_verne_128kb.mp3

Chapter 14 joins it, wherein the projectile flies into the Moon's shadow, and begins to freeze! :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_14_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by HZFerr » January 27th, 2021, 11:17 am

sect 11-13
PL OK
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Post by Kaffen » January 28th, 2021, 3:20 pm

And here is Chapter 15, which is nettling poor Michel no end, and not incidentally, threatening to end their lives in multiple ways! At least they got a peek at something it took the Russians until 1959 to show us - the back side of the Moon: :D Please note I fixed the logic error at 9:19, which would confuse anyone who was paying attention earlier. (It's PD; I can do that!)
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_15_verne_128kb.mp3

Followed by Chapter 16, where things are starting to look better: :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_16_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by Kaffen » January 29th, 2021, 8:21 am

I have been refreshing myself on some scientific history... Verne was touting the absolute latest theory with his talk of "luminous ether". James Clerk Maxwell had just published (probably during this book's writing) a treatise on electromagnetism that posited that light is propagated into such a medium. This thought persisted until Einstein in the early 1900's showed that light was a statistical summation of individual particles (photons) that each expressed energy.

Taking the latest science and making a story from it - that's often a big part of hard science fiction now!
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Post by Kaffen » January 29th, 2021, 2:47 pm

Chapter 17 is up. I'm convinced Verne wrote this simply because he wanted to play tour guide to the Moon! :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_17_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by Kaffen » January 30th, 2021, 2:37 pm

Chapter 18 is ready, wherein we learn that little people made of green cheese probably did once line on the Moon! Imagine! :wink: :D
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/roundthemoon_18_verne_128kb.mp3
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Post by HZFerr » January 31st, 2021, 1:59 pm

sect 14
PL note: slight editing of a repeated/corrected line.

15:45 hence the harshness....
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