Resources

For an introduction to the resources available on Invasion Literature see my Survey of Resources.


Gannon, Charles E, Rumors of War and Infernal Machines

Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda-setting in American and English Speculative Fiction (2005) by Charles E. Gannon This provocative and unique work reveals the remarkably influential role of futuristic literature on contemporary political power in America. Tracing this ...
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George Tomkyns Chesney

George Tomkyns Chesney (1830-1895) The man who started it all with The Battle of Dorking Biography: Educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and at Addiscombe Military Seminary, he entered the Bengal Engineers as second lieutenant in 1848. He was employed for ...
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Hirst, Francis Wrigley, The Six Panics, and Other Essays

The Six Panics, and Other Essays, Facsimile microfilm ed., London: Methuen & Co., 1913, http://archive.org/details/sixpanicsotheres01hirs Reprinted: Forgotten Books (February 16, 2018) Excerpt from The Six Panics and Other Essays: Has been not so much to prevent the recurrence of false ...
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Invasion Literature Presentation

This presentation was prepared for the local branch of U3A and introduces the genre of invasion literature. Click here to download the presentation ...
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Invasion Network

Invasion Network is a website for researches into Invasion Literature: https://invasionnetwork.wordpress.com/ Form the website: The Invasion Network has been established to encourage collaboration between researchers working under the broad theme of invasion, with a particular focus on British invasion fears ...
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Invasion Scares Website

Harry Wood's website -Island Mentalities - is the original invasion scare literature website and blog: http://invasionscares.wordpress.com/ From the website: My name is Harry Wood, I am a charity worker and postdoctoral researcher currently based in Glastonbury.  My research interests are ...
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James Blyth

James Blyth (1864-1933) was a fairly prolific author of popular fiction who is best remembered in the sf field for his Future War novels, in all of which Britain is pitted against Germany [SFE http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/blyth_james] Future war novels: The Tyranny ...
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Juvenile Literature

There are a number of articles specifically looking at Juvenile Fiction and its impact on the attitudes of boys: Dunae, P. A. (1980). “Boys' literature and the idea of empire, 1870-1914”, Victorian Studies, 24(1), 105. In 1902 Frank Bullen, novelist ...
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Monographs Specifically About Invasion Literature

The following bibliography lists the definitive works about Invasion Literature by I F Clarke and Michael Moorcock. For a more general list see the relevant Bibliography: Clarke, I. F. (1966). Voices prophesying war, 1763-1984. London ; New York etc., Oxford ...
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Moorcock, Michael, Before Armageddon

Before Armageddon : An Anthology of Victorian and Edwardian Imaginative Fiction Published before 1914, London: Star, 1976 ...
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Moorcock, Michael, England Invaded 

England Invaded : A Collection of Fantasy Fiction, New ed., London: Star, 1980 ...
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Morris, A. J. A., The Scaremongers

The Scaremongers : The Advocacy of War and Rearmament 1896-1914, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. While there is some mention of invasion-scare literature, the main thrust of the book's argument is that it was the newspapers, and their proprietors ...
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Morton, J. (2010) Spies of the First World War – Under Cover for King and Kaiser

James Morton (2010) Spies of the First World War - Under Cover for King and Kaiser, Kew, The National Archives When Colonel James Edmonds argued for a British secret service in 1907, officials mocked that he had ̀espionage on the ...
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Panek, LeRoy L. (1981) Special Branch : the British Spy Novel, 1890-1980

LeRoy L. Panek (1981) Special Branch : the British Spy Novel, 1890-1980 The author has chosen seventeen of the most important or representative British spy novelists to write about. He presents some basic literary analysis and criticism, trying both to ...
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Paris, M. (1992), Winged Warfare: Literature and Theory of Aerial Warfare in Britain, 1859-1917 & (1993) Fear of Flying

Michael Paris (1992) Winged Warfare: Literature and Theory of Aerial Warfare in Britain, 1859-1917, Manchester University Press  This original study provides a significant reinterpretation of the development of air power in Britain, highlighting how in the period before 1914 aerial ...
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Paris, Michael, Over the Top 

Paris, Michael, (2004)  Over the Top : The Great War and Juvenile Literature in Britain, Westport, Conn., Praeger During the Great War, books and stories for young men were frequently used as unofficial propaganda for recruitment and to sell the ...
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Piper, L. (2002 / 2007), The Tragedy of Erskine Childers

Dangerous Waters - The Life and Death of Erskine Childers by Leonard Piper (2002) republished as The Tragedy of Erskine Childers - Dangerous Waters (2007) In The Riddle of the Sands, a gripping spy story set amongst the shoals and ...
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Ramsden, John, Don’t Mention the War

John Ramsden (2006), Don't Mention the War - The British and the Germans since 1890, London, Little, Brown While this book covers attitudes towards Germany and the Germans from 1890 through the 20C it has a chapter that focuses on ...
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Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club

In 2016 I discovered the Riddle of the Sands Adventure Club - http://www.riddleofthesands.net/wordpress/ - a couple of writers recreating the journeys within The Riddle of the Sands. For anyone interested in the book this is a must visit website ...
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Sculley, R., 2012, British Images of Germany

British images of Germany; Admiration, antagonism & ambivalence, 1860-1914, by Richard Sculley (2012) Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism & Ambivalence, 1860-1914 is the first full-length cultural history of Britain's relationship with Germany and the Germans in the ...
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Seed, David,, Anticipations

Anticipations : Essays on Early Science Fiction and Its Precursors, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1995. This volume of essays examines early, primarily nineteenth-century, examples of science fiction. The essays focus particularly on how this fiction engages with such contemporary issues ...
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Spy Fever: The Post Office Affair

Margaret Tait Flaws, Spy Fever: The Post Office Affair, Shetland Times Ltd (14 Mar. 2009) At the beginning of the First World War, stories of spies abounded throughout the British Isles. It was in this atmosphere that the entire staff ...
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Spy Fiction as a Genre

Spy fiction can be seen as a genre in its own right but it also intersects with Invasion and Future War literature especially in the late 19c / early 20C. A good introduction is available at: Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, ...
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Stafford, D. (2013), The Silent Game: The Real World of Imaginary Spies

Stafford, D. (2013) The Silent Game: The Real World of Imaginary Spies, Thistle Publishing The Silent Game traces the history of spy writers and their fiction from creator William Le Queux, of the Edwardian age, to John le Carré, of ...
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