In 1919 the Gaumont Motion Picture Studio created the first movie to ever be based entirely on a famous science fiction novel. That movie was an adaptation of H.G. Wells The First Men in the Moon. Wells himself was on hand to oversee the costumes and sets.

A lost treasure of the silent era of film, the movie is now believed to be lost forever. In 2010 The British Film Institute named it one of the 75 "most desirable" missing films.

In 2013 noted writer/editor Robert Godwin uncovered a series of artifacts from the film's original release including a complete synopsis of the plot (different to Wells' book), newspaper reviews and most importantly a series of still images from the production. Enough material to make this fascinating mini-history of the world's first "true" science fiction film.

Go back to a simpler time of space exploration with this pocketbook and Mini-DVD recreation of the 1919 production of "The First Men in the Moon."


First Men in the Moon

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Robert Godwin Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He is also the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum. He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert on, not only music, but also space exploration. His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His last book "New Horizons" expanded on that previous ground-breaking work.