Works – Future War Technology

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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1889, Danrit, E. , La Guerre en Ballon 

Danrit, E. (1889) La Guerre en Ballon The third book in Danrit's trilogy La Guerre de demain. Full text (in French) at: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b598073;view=thumb;seq=1 ...
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1895, Loir, M. , Naval Battles of the Future 

Maurice Loir (1895) Naval Battles of the Future Maurice Loir's (1895) Naval Battles of the Future takes the form of a series of journal entries by a perceptive and philosophical naval officer aboard a French vessel engaged in dreadnought warfare in the Mediterranean. It is a sobering reflection on patriotism, solidarity, and ambition, and a reminder of the human element in war-future, final, or otherwise. [Publisher's Description of English translation by Brian Stableford (2014) Naval Battles of the Future in The Final War ] ...
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1900, Duluth Evening Herald, Aerial Combat

Duluth Evening Herald - 20 November 1900 ...
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1912, Lamszus, W. , The human slaughter-house 

Wilhelm Lamszus (1912) The human slaughter-house. Scenes from the war that is sure to come. From the German, translated by Oakley Williams (1913). A horrific, realistic vision of the war to come. Review in The Advocate of Peace (1913) THE HUMAN SLAUGHTER-HOUSE. By Wilhelm Lamszus. Translated by Oakley Williams. With lntroduction by Alfred Noyes. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co. 127 pp. 50 cents net ; post-paid, 56 cents. The pacifists of the early part of the last century often emphasized the horrors of war. In these latter days we have been stressing the importance of courts and arbitrations as ...
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1913, Austin, F. B. , “Planes!” 

Frederick Britten Austin (1913) “Planes!” in In Action - Studies in War, London, Thomas Nelson and Sons This short story explores the impact of aeroplanes upon warfare especially on conventional troops. While many writers anticipated conflict between England and Germany, few envisioned the full scale of the war or all of the consequences, and many predictions relied too much on past precedents of less technologically-driven conflicts. Still, some futuristic visions did dream big, like the colorfully illustrated 1908 French serial La Guerre Infernale, which anticipated the second World War more than the first with its massive scale and outlandish weaponry, ...
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