Aerial Warfare

1908, Kernahan, C. , The Red Peril 

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Coulson Kernahan (1908) The Red Peril, London, Hurst and Blackett Limited A planned German invasion of Britain. The Emperor smiled. ” Why don’t you warn the English Government,” he said, that in view of the certainty of the introduction of the airship within the next few years, England would do well to prepare for foreign […]

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1908, Wells, H.G. , The War in the Air 

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H.G. Wells, (1908) The War in the Air The War in the Air, a military science fiction novel by H. G. Wells written in four months in 1907 and serialised and published in 1908 in The Pall Mall Magazine, is like many of Wells’s works notable for its prophetic ideas, images, and concepts—in this case, […]

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1909, Doughty, C.M. , The Cliffs and (1912) The Clouds 

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Charles M. Doughty (1909) The Cliffs and (1912) The Clouds His book-length poems are all fantastic in nature, and two of them are of some sf interest as perhaps the most arcane Future War tales ever told: The Cliffs (1909) features an airborne “Persanian” invasion of England, which is successfully repelled; in The Clouds (1912) […]

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1909, Le Queux, W. , Spies of the Kaiser 

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William Le Queux (1909) Spies of the Kaiser. Plotting the Downfall of England Spies of the Kaiser  was published in 1909, and raised spymania to new extremes. Again, Le Queux’s fantasies had their popularity massively boosted by the  Daily Mail’s hype machine. And again the story was presented as non-fiction. [Graeme Shimmin, Le Queux: How […]

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1909, Milne A.A. , The Secret of the Army Aeroplane 

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A. A. Milne (1909) The Secret of the Army Aeroplane – Punch 26th May 1909 Note: the year is misquoted by I.F. Clarke and copied by later writers as 1908. THE SECRET OF THE ARMY AEROPLANE. (Mr. WILLIAM LE QUEUX wishes to deny indignantly that the following tale was written by him. On the contrary, […]

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1907, Martin, R.E. , Berlin-Bagdad; Das deutsche Weltreich im Zeitalter der Luftschiffahrt, 1910-1931 

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Rudolf Martin (1907) Berlin-Bagdad; Das deutsche Weltreich im Zeitalter der Luftschiffahrt, 1910-1931 Rudolf Martin’s science-fiction extravaganza Berlin—Baghdad (1907) visualized ‘The German World Empire in the Age of Airship Travel, 1910—1931’ but here the principal conflict is between Germany and a post- revolutionary Russia. An ultimatum to England — prior to the complete unification of Europe […]

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1910, Carter, J.L.J. , Peggy the Aeronaut 

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Compton Irving Carter (1910) Peggy the Aeronaut. Carter’s story, Peggy the Aeronaut, was dedicated to Colonel H. S. Massy, founder and first president of the Aerial League of the British Empire, and introduced by Major B. S. Baden Powell, another propagandist for the air weapon. Powell claimed that, as today’s fiction is tomorrow’s fact, the […]

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1910, Kipling, A.W. , The Shadow of Glory 

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Arthur Wellesley Kipling (1910) The Shadow of Glory: A History of the Great War 1910-1911 A German invasion and occupation of Britain is countered by the use of British airships attacking the Germans. After France enters the war, on Britain’s side, Paris is besieged but is supported by airship. The Japanese use aircraft to attack […]