Literary Works

Works here are listed chronologically. To see a list by author see Stories by Author.


1882, Demure One, The , The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again 

The "Demure One" [pseud.] (1882) The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again: Another Version of the Channel Tunnel Affair  1882 was a significant year for the student of apocalyptic writing. It is then that more apocalyptic books were published in England than at any other single time before 1914, and it was also a point at which the religious apocalyptic book temporarily gave way to its far more fashionable Future-War apocalyptic brother. The concerns centered chiefly on the proposed building of the channel tunnel and its possible use as a means of invasion by a foreign army ...
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1882, Grip , How John Bull Lost London 

Grip (1882) How John Bull Lost London or The Capture of The Channel Tunnel - London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington A French invasion through the Channel Tunnel. Includes the Battle of Guildford and the Capture of London. Full text at: https://archive.org/details/howjohnbulllost00gripgoog ...
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1882, Guthrie, T.A, , The Seizure of the Channel Tunnel

Guthrie, T.A. (1882) The Seizure of the Channel Tunnel No further information available at this time ...
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1882, Vindex , England Crushed 

Vindex (pseudonym) England Crushed; The Secret of the Channel Tunnel Revealed: Being the Literal Translation of a Secret Despatch Recently Revised and Adopted by an August Federal Cabinet, Divulged to Vindex This was the work of a conspiracy theorist, and although it is not in the form of a fictional narrative, it carries the same message and embodies the same fears as fictive accounts of invasion.  It ostensibly consisted of intercepted memoranda, addressed to an unidentified ‘Highborn Excellency’, from a German representative; the author of these memoranda suggested that the English work in collusion with them in order to defeat ...
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1883, Anonymous , The Battle of the Moy: Or How Ireland Gained Her Independence in 1892-1894 

Anonymous (1883) The Battle of the Moy: Or How Ireland Gained Her Independence in 1892-1894 The year 1892 opened upon a gloomy prospect, — a period of impending strife and conflict in Europe. Everywhere discontent was manifest, and people grew more and more restless under the government of kings and princes. Nihilism, Socialism, and Democracy honeycombed and permeated every civilized community. The Russian government, as a last resort to escape destruction, had granted autonomy to long-suffering Poland ; the Turks had retired to the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus, whence they came ; and the Greeks, whose territory was now ...
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1883, Anonymous , The Story of the battle of Port Said 

Anonymous (1883) The Story of the battle of Port Said : a chapter in the history of the future. London : Offices of "Engineering", 1883. A fictitious account of the "Battle of Port Said." set in June 1886, in which England and Germany fought as allies against the combined forces of Turkey, France and Russia. Told over six issues of Engineering in 1883. Engineering, vol. 36, 6 July 1883, pp. 1-3;Engineering, vol. 36, 13 July 1883, pp.27-28;Engineering, vol. 36, 20 July 1883, pp. 51-54;Engineering, vol. 36, 27 July 1883, pp. 80-84;Engineering, vol. 36, 3 August 1883, pp. 111-112; andEngineering, vol ...
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1883, Forth, C. , The Surprise of the Channel Tunnel 

C. Forth (1883) The Surprise of the Channel Tunnel Little information about this other than a brief entry in Norman Longmate's (1991) Island Fortress: The Defence of Great Britian 1606-1945: 1883, saw the publication of C. Forth's The Surprise of the Channel Tunnel, the normal work of imaginative fiction, notable only for its ending. After the invader has finally been driven out an Act is passed making it high treason even to propose building a tunnel again. Map of proposed Channel Tunnel 1880 ...
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1883, Robida, A. , La Guerre au Vingtième Siècle 

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 later, he published the first of a trilogy of satirical, futuristic novels, The Twentieth Century (Le Vingtieme siecle), which portrayed everyday life in 1950s France. That book would be followed in 1887 by War in the Twentieth Century (La Guerre au Vingtieme siecle), and in ...
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1884, Anonymous , How Glasgow Ceased to Flourish: a tale of 1890 

Anonymous (1884) How Glasgow Ceased to Flourish: a tale of 1890, Glasgow, Wilson & McCormick An argument against defence cuts that describes Russians warships invading the Clyde ...
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1885, Anonymous , The Great War and Disastrous Peace of 1885 

Anonymous [signed M.P.] (1885) The Great War and Disastrous Peace of 1885 A short story of Britain being blockaded and starved into submission. More than half a million die of starvation in London. Britain settles agreeing to pay £200M p.a. to the "military Powers". The verdict of the world was that our misfortunes proceeded from making ourselves too dependent on other countries for our food , from neglect of our Fleet, and from drifting along without a policy, and thus, by our vacillation, offending military Powers who would otherwise have been our friends ...
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1885, Barillet-Lagargousse , La guerre finale, histoire fantastique 

Barillet-Lagargousse (1885) La guerre finale, histoire fantastique par Barillet-Lagargousse, ingénieur destructeur, membre de plusieurs sociétés philanthropiques et savantes. Barillet-Lagargousse's The Final War (1885), takes the European arms race of the late 19th century to its logical end: a terrifying deadlock due to the political and social paralysis caused by weapons sufficiently powerful to be seemingly unbeatable. Based on a then-new idea, The Final War is the first elaborate extrapolation of the strangely modern notion is that peace can only be achieved through ultimate war, and the first novel to flesh it out with abundant detail. [Publisher's Description of English translation ...
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1885, Posteritas , The Siege of London 

Posteritas (1885) The Siege of London, London, Wyman & Sons CHAPTER 1. ENGLAND's POLITICAL MISTAKES. —THE EGYPTIAN MUDDLE.— ALARMING SIGNS IN THE FOREIGN POLITICAL SKY. It is not our purpose here to enter fully into the series of extraordinary events which led up to the gigantic disaster, whereby the English nation was crushed into the dust, and the power and might of England all but utterly destroyed. A brief recapitulation is, however, necessary, In order that the reader may be able to fully comprehend the nature of the stupendous changes that were wrought in an astonishingly brief period. The events ...
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1886, Anonymous , The Great Irish Rebellion of 1886 

Anonymous (1886) The Great Irish Rebellion of 1886. Retold by a Landlord. It is hardly surprising, then, that writers of the 1880s, fired by the growing nationalist sensibility, tried to anticipate the possible results of a breakaway from the United Kingdom. The twenty years before the reform of local government (1898) which gave Irish Catholics positions of power in the newly established county councils (the franchise in the British state had been extended gradually between 1832 and 1918) saw a real explosion of utopian novels projecting a different future under a national Irish government. Many of them were published anonymously, ...
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1886, Anonymous, Coming Wars – Great Events & End of This Age

Anonymous (1886) Coming Wars - Great Events & End of This Age on April 11th, 1901 published by Christian Herald A reprint of a religious pamphlet first issued in 1881 and forecasting upheavals and wars in Europe coupled with forecasts of Armageddon in 1901. COMING WARS & GREAT EVENTS,AND NINE SIGNS OF THE APPROACHING FINAL CRISIS. Dissolution of the Turkish Empire into the Five Ancient Kingdoms of  GREECE, EGYPT, SYRIA, Thracian TURKEY and BULGARIA, which with BRITAIN (Separated from Ireland), FRANCE, SPAIN, ITALY, and AUSTRIA, will be formed into an Allied Confederacy of Ten Kingdoms, after Wars and Revolutions between ...
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1886, Verne, J. , Robur the Conqueror 

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 [Wikipedia]: The story begins with strange lights and sounds, including blaring trumpet music, reported in the skies all over the world. The events are capped by the mysterious appearance of black flags with gold suns atop tall historic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty ...
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1887, Anonymous , The Battle off Worthing: why the Invaders never got to Dorking 

Anonymous (1887) The Battle off Worthing: why the Invaders never got to Dorking As an example of how other writers picked over the dry bones of the Dorking a ninety-six page novella by an anonymous "Captain of the Royal Navy," titled The Battle Off Worthing: Why the Invaders Never Got To Dorking (1887), may be worth a brief summary. In his introduction the writer recalls how Chesney's fable, while condemned by the press as visionary and improbable, nevertheless had instilled in the populace '"a latent feeling of insecurity." It was that pamphlet which "first stirred the national pulse. Everybody read ...
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1887, Clowes, W.L. , The Great Naval War of 1887 

William Laird Clowes (1887) The Great Naval War of 1887 Originally published anonymously. Attributed also to Alan Hughes Burgoyne [Charles Gannon (2003) Rumors of War, p.11]. A Future War novel about the coming naval war between Great Britain and France. THE GREAT NAVAL WAR OF 1887.  (St. James's Gazette.) I.-THE DISASTER AT SPITHEAD. At the beginning of March, 1887, the various difficulties which in the course of the previous four or five years had arisen between Great Britain and France were as far as they had ever been from a settlement. A British garrison still remained in Egypt, a French ...
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1888, Anonymous , The Russia’s Hope 

Anonymous (1888) The Russia's Hope: Or Britannia No Longer Rules the Waves; Showing How the Muscovite Bear Got at the British Whale translated by Charles James Cooke with a preface by William Beatty-Kingston, London, Chapman and Hall Preface: FEW Englishmen, in all probability, realise how fervently the great nation to which they are proud to belong is envied and detested by another mighty nation, with which it is by no means impossible that they may be brought into violent collision before the close of the current century, if not earlier. We are not, as a rule, addicted to self-introspection, and ...
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