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1871, J.W.M. , The Coming Cromwell

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J.W.M. (1871) The Coming Cromwell. Set in a Near Future Britain in which the eponymous military and political leader conquers the monarchist northlands of Britain on behalf of the republican south, overturning the German monarchy as well en passant. [SFE]

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1911, Rupert, G.G., The Yellow Peril

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G.G. Rupert (1911) The Yellow Peril Rupert was influential in the development of the idea of the Yellow Peril, the theory that East Asians (the “yellow races”) were a present and future threat to the west. These views were published in The Yellow Peril, or the Orient vs. the Occident as viewed by modern statesmen […]

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1872, Octogenarian , The British Federal Empire in the 20th Century

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Octogenarian (1872) The British Federal Empire; how it was Founded. A Speech Delivered in a Certain Year of the Twentieth Century, in a Certain City of the Empire, London: C. H. Clarke Fife Herald – Thursday 20 June 1872: The British Federal Empire in the 20th Century. Octogenarian. London: C. H. ClarkeThis oracular sketch of […]

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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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1910, London, J. , The Unparalleled Invasion 

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Jack London (1910) The Unparalleled Invasion Under the influence of Japan, China modernizes and undergoes its own version of the Meiji Reforms in the 1910s. In 1922, China breaks away from Japan and fights a brief war that culminates in the Chinese annexation of the Japanese possessions of Korea, Formosa, and Manchuria. Over the next […]

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1911, Muddersnook , When the New Zealander Comes 

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Prof. Blyde Muddersnook P.O.Z.A.S. (1911) When the New Zealander Comes. Strand Magazine September 1911 A bit out of scope but an interesting story about a group of tourists from the far future visiting the ancient ruins of London in a manner reminiscent of Edwardian visitors to Greek and Roman archeological sites. I was enchanted by […]

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1881, Lang-Tung , The Decline and Fall of the British Empire 

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Lang-Tung (Pseudonym) (1881) The Decline and Fall of the British Empire: Being a History of England Between the Years 1840-1981: Written for the Use of Junior Classes in Schools Two satires on imperial inefficiency and the excesses of the Gilded Age take the long view of history, within which both Britain and the USA have […]

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1893, Fawcett, E. D. , Hartmann The Anarchist 

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E. Douglas Fawcett (1893) Hartmann The Anarchist, London, Edward Arnold. Illustrated by F.T. Jane. The plot centers around Mr Stanley, a young moneyed gentleman who aims to stand for election as part of the Labour party in the early 20th century. Through his associations with many of London’s most prominent socialists and anarchists, he encounters […]

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1894, Griffith, G. , Olga Romanoff / The Syren of the Skies 

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George Griffith (1894) Olga Romanoff / The Syren of the Skies first published as Pearson’s Weekly. The novel continues (from The Angel of the Revolution) the tale of a worldwide brotherhood of anarchists fighting the world armed with fantastical airships, ending on an apocalyptic note as a comet smashes into the earth. Full text at: […]

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1893, Griffith, G. , The Angel of the Revolution 

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George Griffith (1893) The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror, London, Tower Publishing Company The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror (1893) is a science fiction novel by English writer George Griffith. It was his first published novel and remains his most famous work. It was first […]