Torpedo Warfare

1888, Barton, S. , The battle of the Swash and the capture of Canada 

Samuel Barton (1888) The battle of the Swash and the capture of Canada One of the first novels in the ‘future war’ genre, The Battle of the Swash focuses on what was known in the 1880s as the ‘Canadian Problem’. This was primarily a mercantile dispute deriving from Canada’s high tariffs on American goods. The Battle of the Swash is the response of a wealthy American businessman, angry at what he saw as Britain’s subversion of the free market. Though set in 1890, the story is narrated – by one Samuel Barton – in an imagined 1930. The detail of ...
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1889, Stockton, F.R. , The Great War Syndicate 

Frank Richard Stockton (1889) The Great War Syndicate, New York, Dodd, Mead and Company. Later, when Stockton turned to novels, he continued to use sf themes occasionally, though his humorous style remained the most prominent feature. In The Great War Syndicate (1889) a naval Future War between the UK and America – set off by a renewal of American exceptionalist ire over the continued existence of Canada, and organized by a consortium of American entrepreneurs – is resolved when the British find arrayed against them various advanced Weapons, including invulnerable warships and a torpedo that travels at the speed of ...
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1892, Colomb, Admiral P. H. , The War of 189- 

Admiral P. H. Colomb (1892) The War of 189-. London, William Heinemann. Such fears found powerful expression in a new and very popular genre of fictional writing: elaborate narratives predicting the outbreak and course of future wars. Seeking to entertain, to frighten, and to highlight the weaknesses of existing policy-making and strategic thought, literary, journalistic, and miItary expertise combined to construct evocative stories of conflicts yet to come. These stories proved an instant success with the public; the most popular sold ins of thousands of copies, raced through multiple editions, and were translated into numerous foreign Ianguages. As was intended, ...
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1892, Seaforth, A. N. ,  The Last Great Naval War 

A.N. Seaforth (George Sydenham Clarke), The Last Great Naval War, 1892 A retrospective (supposedly written in 1930) looking back on an Anglo-French naval war in the 1890s. Preface: So many able pens have dealt with the last great naval war that an apology is needed for adding to the already copious literature of the subject. Some of the existing histories, such, for instance, as the excellent works of Admiral Colomb and Professor Laughton, are, however, perhaps too strictly professional for the general reader; while Professor Bryces National Federation deals mainly with constitutional questions. Other books, written for popular consumption, are ...
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1893, Clowes, W.L. , The Captain of the “Mary Rose” 

W. Laird Clowe (1893) The Captain of the "Mary Rose" - A Tale of To-morrow, London, W. Thacker & Co Review This is a " tale of to-morrow,"—i.e., of the next naval war. We find ourselves suddenly at war with France. Our neighbours, better prepared for eventualities than we are, strike the first blow with astounding promptitude, and the Mediterranean Fleet is practically destroyed. Disaster after disaster falls on the naval defences of England. How these reverses are redeemed, we must leave our readers to discover for themselves from Mr. Laird Clowes's pages. We need not say more than that ...
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1893, Gladstonian M.P. , The Great Betrayal 

A Gladstonian M.P. (1893) The Great Betrayal: or, The Invasion of East Anglia PREFACE. SLIGHTLY modifying the proverb, "Si non e veri ben trovato" it may be said of this little sketch that, if not true, it is likely to become so. Given a certain set of causes, corresponding effects may be fairly anticipated ; and upon such a basis the present writer, in 1884, ventured to foretell precisely the course Mr. Gladstone would take in Egypt, and the disaster that would ensue. The late Lord Iddesleigh, writing to the author, then expressed the fear that his predictions would prove ...
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1894, Eardley-Wilmot, S.M. Sir , The Next Naval War 

1894, Eardley-Wilmot, S.M. Sir , The Next Naval War  ...
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1894, Le Queux, W. , The Great War in England in 1897 

William Le Queux (1894) The Great War in England in 1897 Le Queux's novel depicts Britain being invaded by coalition forces led by France and Russia, who make several early advances, but the brave English patriots fight on and eventually manage to turn the tide, especially after Germany enters the war on the side of the British. By the end of the story, the invasion goes the other way as the victors divide the spoils: Britain seizes Algeria and Russian Central Asia, thus decisively winning The Great Game, while Germany annexes more of mainland France in addition to Alsace-Lorraine, thus ...
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1894, Mayo, Earl of , The War Cruise of the Aries 

The Earl of Mayo (1894) The War Cruise of the Aries, Illustrated by William Boulton, Dublin, Edward Ponsonby CHAPTER 1. HISTORY OF THE WAR. In 18__  England was at war with France; and before coming to the history of the cruise of the 'Aries,' it is proposed to recount, as briefly as possible, the events which led to that short, but terrible struggle. It was a well-known fact that France was intriguing with the ruler of Egypt against England. A plot was discovered; the conspirators had arranged a general rising; an attempt to fire the barracks occupied by the British ...
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1895, Eastwick, J. , The New Centurion 

Eastwick, J. (1895) The New Centurion - A Tale of Automatic War, London, Longmans, Green and Co. TO THE READER Many years ago the writer of these pages first conceived the idea that, as the heavy guns of a modern ironclad were, and must ever be, her decisive weapons, the chief thing to be attended to was to increase their rate and precision of fire, und that the power requisite for this purpose could readily and economically be obtained from the guns' recoil. Further, it occurred to him that this might enable the crew to be withdrawn from the vicinity ...
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1895, Jane, F.T. ,  Blake of the “Rattlesake” 

Fred T. Jane (1895), Blake of the "Rattlesake" or The Man Who Saved England - A story of Torpedo Warfare in 189- , London, Tower Publishing Co Ltd Preface: I have not sought or attempted in this story to settle any vexed questions of theories or tactics; such matters are no concern of mine. I have tried instead to work into story-form some of the romance that clings thick around the torpedo service, to set forth some of the poetry latent in torpedo oraft. Any other aims I may have had in view are, I trust, sufficiently obvious in the ...
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1896, Burton, F. G. ,  The Naval Engineer And The Command Of The Sea 

Francis G. Burton (1896), The Naval Engineer And The Command Of The Sea: A Story Of Naval Administration, Manchester, The Technical Publishing Company Ltd PREFACE We are so accustomed to think ourselves invincible at sea, if not on land; we glory so much in recollection of the victories of Hawkins, Drake, Rodney, Howe, Jarvis, Duncan, and Nelson; we are so proud of our majestic battleships and their unequalled crews, that we are apt to overlook the great change which has resulted from the introduction of steam as a motive power. We have, in the evolution of naval architecture, abandoned our ...
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