(From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne - I'm listening to the audiobook in German.)
This is pure satire! I had no idea Verne was into satire! I'm loving it but Verne's observations are hilariously accurate:
There remains but the third class, the superstitious. These worthies were not content merely to rest in ignorance; they must know all about things which had no existence whatever, and as to the moon, they had long known all about her.
And scarily prophetic:
As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the star- spangled banner of the United States of America.
Not bad bearing in mind that this was written in 1865.