Literary Works

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


1898, Morris, J. , What Will Japan Do? A Forecast 

J. Morris (1898) What Will Japan Do? A Forecast. A forecast of war between Japan and Russia. Full text at: https://archive.org/details/whatwilljapando00morrgoog Conclusion to the story: In the endeavour to provide an answer to the query — " What will Japan do ? " it has been hoped that some justification exists for the assumption that we are as a nation directly interested in her progress in naval and military power. We cannot ignore the fact that her alliance would be of the utmost value to any nation which has ambitions to realize in the Far East, and strong as we ...

1898, Phillips Oppenheim, E. , The Mysterious Mr Sabin 

E. Phillips Oppenheim (1898) The Mysterious Mr Sabin It was largely the success of his first spy novel, Mysterious Mr. Sabin (1898), that enabled Oppenheim to relinquish control over the family business and devote himself to a full-time writing career. "The first of my long stories dealing with that shadowy and mysterious world of diplomacy," wrote Oppenheim in his memoirs, the novel revolves around a plot to overthrow the Third French Republic. Its central figure, Monsieur Sabin, is none other than the Duc de Souspennier, a royalist nurturing ambitions of being a new Richelieu. The stratagem he devises for ridding ...

1898, Shiel, M. P. , The Yellow Danger 

M. P. Shiel (1899) The Yellow Danger, London, Grant Richards Not all invasion threats were purported to come from the Germans, the French or from Anarchists: in M.P. Shiel's Yellow Danger it is an army of Chinese who invade Europe. A contemporary review gives a good overview of the plot and style. Full text available at: https://archive.org/details/yellowdanger00shierich The afterword from a 1998 edition of the book can be found at: http://www.alangullette.com/lit/shiel/essays/YellowDangerRevisited.htm An additional reviews can be found at: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1841 ...

1898, Waterloo, S. , Armageddon 

Stanley Waterloo (1898) Armageddon In the utopia and future war story Armageddon, the United States and its ally, the United Kingdom, are fighting a joint Russian—Southern European alliance over trade routes in the Pacific. As war clouds gather, the American scientist-inventor David Appleton volunteers his bomber dirigible, the Wild Goose, to the American-Anglo cause. In a great sea battle, Appleton uses the Wild Goose to drop a bomb on the Russians' lead ship. The ship is pulverized instantaneously. This act, which brings the conflict to an immediate end, changes forever the nature of relations among nations. Accepting their military superiority ...

1898, Wilson, H.A. & White, A. , When War breaks out 

H.W. Wilson and A. White (1898), When War breaks out; being a selection from the letters of Andrew D. Jones, the London correspondent of "Calner's weekly," during the war between Great Britain and the allied powers of France and Russia, September 21st, 1900, to January 1st, 1901, London, Harper and Brothers [Book Review - Spectator 21st May 1898] When War Breaks Out. By H. W. Wilson and Arnold White. London: Harper and Brothers. The book which bears the above title consists of a series of " newsy " letters from the London correspondent of Calner's Weekly, New York, written during ...

1899, Hill, H. , The Spies of the Wight 

Headon Hill [Francis Edward Grainger] (1899) The Spies of the Wight.  London, C. Arthur Pearson A year later [1899] Headon Hill used this formula in The Spies of the Wight, the first full-length account of German agents at work in the United Kingdom and an early indication that Germany had taken the place of France as the enemy in tomorrow's war. The notorious Kruger telegram of 3 January 1896 was read as a hostile act against the United Kingdom; and the new German fleet, sanctioned by the -Navy Law of April 1898, suggested to many that the two nations had ...

1899, Stevenson, P. L. , How The Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction and the Battle of Ushant 

Stevenson, P. L. (1899), How The Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction and the Battle of Ushant: Or, Two Episodes in the Career of a Naval Officer. Illustrated by F.T. Jane PREFACE. DEAR R_____ I have already sent you various MSS. dealing with the career of our mutual friend the late lamented Captain John Marling, R.N., and his services to this country in the late great war, the echoes of which have hardly yet died away. I have endeavoured to show how the existence of the secret coalition between the three Powers, Russia, Germany, and France, against Great Britain, was revealed to ...

1900, Allen, F.M. , London’s Peril 

F.M. Allen [pseud. of Edmund Downey] (1900) London's Peril A plan by the French to invade through a Channel Tunnel. "Then it is understood. The secret which I possess, and which I desire to sell," said M. Dupont, "is known to very few, and to nobody else, in all human probability, who could or would impart it to your Government. If we come to terms, my life will not, it is possible, be a very valuable asset. Yet, I persuade myself that my countrymen will hereafter see that I acted in their interests. I am ready to disclose my secret ...

1900, Buchan, J. , The Half-Hearted 

John Buchan (1900) The Half-Hearted A tale of conflict between Britain and Russia in North West India. You must remember that Russia is the step-daughter of the East. The people are Northern in the truest sense, but they have a little of Eastern superstition. A rational, sentimental people live in towns or market-gardens, like your English country, but great lonely plains aad forests somehow do not agree with that sort of creed. That slow people can still believe freshly a Qd simply, and some day when the leader arrives ttey will push beyond their boundaries and sweep down on Western ...

1900, Duluth Evening Herald, Aerial Combat

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1900, Eisenhart, K. , Die Abrechnung mit England 

Karl Eisenhart (1900) Die Abrechnung mit England (The Reckoning with England) According to one German writer, Karl Eisenhart, the Great War began on the grey morning of a nameless day in an unknown month when swift German cruisers steamed out from North Sea ports. Their task, as Eisenhart explained in Die Abrechnung mit England in 1900, was to destroy British commerce on the high seas—the indispensable preliminary to the final defeat of the United Kingdom. [I.F. Clarke (1965) The Shape of Wars to Come, History Today, Volume: 15 Issue: 2 1965] Full text (in German) at: https://archive.org/details/dieabrechnungmi00eisegoog ...

1900, Kipling, R. , Kim 

Rudyard Kipling (1900) Kim - McClure's Magazine (December 1900 to October 1901), Cassell's Magazine (January to November 1901) & Macmillan & Co. Ltd (October 1901) Although not in the mainstream Invasion Scare / Espionage genre Kim deserves a place as a prototypical spy story linked in to British imperial attitudes. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third, probably in the period 1893 to 1898 .... After three years of schooling, Kim ...

1900, Maude, F.N. , The New Battle of Dorking 

Colonel F.N. Maude (1900) The New Battle of Dorking In 1900... Colonel Maude described the initial success of a French invasion in The new Battle of Dorking. He planned his imaginary war on the fact that, “there are three months in every year—July, August, September—during which the French Army is fit for immediate warfare. And every year during these months there is a constantly recurrent probability of a surprise raid on London by the 120,000 men whom they could without difficulty put on board ship, land in England, and march to within a dozen miles of London in less than ...

1900, Oshikawa , The Submarine Battleship 

Oshikawa Shunro (1900) Kaitei gunkan (The Submarine Battleship) (aka. The Undersea Battleship or The Underwater Battleship) Invasion literature had its impact also in Japan, at the time undergoing a fast process of modernization. Shunrō Oshikawa, a pioneer of Japanese science fiction and adventure stories (genres unknown in Japan until a few years earlier), published around the start of the 20th century the best-seller Kaitō Bōken Kidan: Kaitei Gunkan ("Undersea Battleship"): the story of an armoured, ram-armed submarine involved in a future history of war between Japan and Russia. The novel reflected the imperialist ambitions of Japan at the time, and ...

1901, Anonymous , The Sack of London in the Great French War of 1901 

Anonymous (1901) The Sack of London in the Great French War of 1901,  F.V. White & Company In fact, one strain of the genre—the blockade narrative (of which The Sack of London is a sample) - is specifically tailored to address concerns over the potential consequences of the fact that the workshop of the world did not produce sufficient quantities of its own food. [Matin, A. Michael (1999) "The Hun Is at the Gate!": Historicizing Kipling's Militaristic Rhetoric, from the Imperial Periphery to the National Center, Studies in the Novel, Winter 1999] Until the early years of the twentieth century, ...

1901, Cairnes, W.E. , The Coming Waterloo 

Captain William Elliot Cairnes (1901) The Coming Waterloo Review in the Spectator 26th Jan 1901: Captain Cairnes .....has ... given us a very engrossing as well as plausible picture of the next great war. The time is in the immediate future—to be exact, the year 1903—France and Russia are ranged against England, Germany, and Austria, and although the British Fleet has asserted its undisputed supremacy at an early stage of the war, the conflict lingers on until after a series of feints a British expeditionary force succeeds in landing in the neighbourhood of Boulogne. The narrative deals with the brief ...

1901, Danrit, E. , La guerre fatale 

Capitaine Danrit [E.A. Driant] (1901) La guerre fatale: France-Angleterre  In 1888 Driant began writing his first guerre imaginaire ("imaginary war") novel, which he was to publish using the pseudonym "Capitaine Danrit". This was La Guerre de demain ("The War of Tomorrow"), comprising three stories which told the tale of: La Guerre en forteresse ("Fortress Warfare"), La Guerre en rase campagne ("War in Open Country"), and La Guerre en ballon ("Balloon Warfare"). The action begins with La Guerre en fortresse, as reports arrive of a surprise German attack upon France. Driant gave his readers heroic episodes, great victories over the Germans, ...

1901, Demolder , E. , L’Agonie d’Albion 

Eugene Demolder (1901) L’Agonie d’Albion Tells the story of the defeat and fall of the British Empire. Full text (in French) https://archive.org/stream/lagoniedalbion00demo#page/n9/mode/2up ...