Second, that the gun should be a Columbiad cast in iron, 900 feet long, and run perpendicularly into the earth.
It was on this spot, after stupendous labor, that the Columbiad was cast with full success.
But an unforeseen circumstance, viz., the detonation produced by the Columbiad, had the immediate effect of troubling the terrestrial atmosphere, by accumulating a large quantity of vapor, a phenomenon which excited universal indignation, for the moon was hidden from the eyes of the watchers for several nights.
P.M., the projectile launched by the Columbiad of Stones Hill had been detected by Messrs.
Maston had seen, or thought he saw, could not have been the projectile of the Columbiad. Second, errors of theory on the fate in store for the said projectile; for in making it a satellite of the moon, it was putting it in direct contradiction of all mechanical laws.
The Rodman Columbiad
threw a shot weighing half a ton a distance of six miles, with a velocity of 800 yards per second-- a result which Armstrong and Palisser have never obtained in England."
The first chapter reads Joel Barlow's epic poems The Vision of Columbus (1787) and The Columbiad
(1807) as establishing an Hispanicist ideology by juxtaposing a rising, cosmopolitan, commercial US against a greed-driven, tradition-bound Spain.
In his 1865 sci-fi novel From the Earth to the Moon, Verne spins a yarn about the Baltimore Gun Club, a weapons society that built a massive cannon -- the Columbiad
space gun -- which would launch three people, including a French poet, in a lunar-ward projectile.
1 (1971): 42; David Lionel Smith, "Chicago Poets, OBAC, and the Black Arts Movement," in The Black Columbiad
: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture, ed.
After fierce lobbying (and ample name-calling) from residents of Texas and Florida, Barbicane selects Tampa Town, Florida, as the project's base of operations Soon the artillerymen construct a 900-foot-long cannon, called Columbiad
, and load it with a mountain of explosives.
In his autobiography, Man from Babel, Jolas describes his life as "a long pilgrimage through language, a journey of exploration through the titanic forest of words, many thousands of words, a columbiad
through the empires of three languages," German, French, and English (1998, 65).
Liu's Cannon of Earth reminds the reader of Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon (1865), in which people build an enormous sky-facing Columbiad
space gun and launch three people in a projectile with the goal of landing them on the moon.