Speculative SF

1908, Giffard, P. , La Guerre Infernale 

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Pierre Giffard (1908) La Guerre Infernale – illustrated by Albert Robida. La Guerre Infernale was an adventure novel for children, published as a serial, an edition appearing every Saturday. The 520 illustrations were created by Albert Robida. It described the second world war, years before it happened, describing an attack on London by the Germans […]

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1907, Griffith, G. , The world peril of 1910 

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George Griffith (1907) The world peril of 1910, London,  F. V. White & Co. Ltd. CHAPTER I – A MOMENTOUS EXPERIMENT On the first day of July, 1908, a scene which was destined to become historic took place in the great Lecture Theatre in the Imperial College at Potsdam. It was just a year and […]

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1911, Griffith, G. , The Lord of Labour 

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George Griffith (1911) The Lord of Labour. This book was published posthumously. So determined was Griffith that this book be published that he dictated part of it on his death bed. This future war novel features fantastical weapons. “In George Griffith’s The Lord of Labour (written in 1906, published in 1911) the Germans invent a […]

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1914, Wells, H.G. , The World Set Free 

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H.G. Wells (1914) The World Set Free Preface: H. G. WELLS. EASTON GLEBE, DUNMOW, 1921. THE WORLD SET FREE was written in 1913 and published early in 1914, and it is the latest of a series of three fantasias of possibility, stories which all turn on the possible developments in the future of some contemporary […]

Aerial Warfare

1883, Robida, A. , La Guerre au Vingtième Siècle 

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Albert Robida (1883) La Guerre au Vingtième Siècle A fantastical view of warfare in the 20C from the French illustrator Robida involving aircraft, tanks, chemical and biological weapons. Robida is said to have shown a penchant for satire even in his youth; by 1873, he had founded his own satirical journal, La Caricature. A decade […]

Aerial Warfare

1886, Verne, J. , Robur the Conqueror 

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Jules Verne (1886) Robur the Conqueror [Robur-le-Conquérant] [aka. The Clipper of the Clouds] Although somewhat outside the scope of Invasion / Future War Literature the subject matter is highly relevant as a science-fiction writer’s view on future warfare technology. It was followed by a sequel Master of the World (Maître du monde) in 1904. Summary […]

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1904, Verne, J. , Master of the World 

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Jules Verne (1904) Master of the World [Maître du monde]. A sequel to Robur the Conqueror. As a fantastical novel rather than a prediction of future war it, like Robur the Conqueror, is somewhat out of scope of this site but is included for completeness and comparison. Summary [Wikipedia]: A series of unexplained happenings occur […]