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Tales of the Next Great War, 1871-1914: Future Warfare and of Battles Still-to-Come

Liverpool SF Studies: Book 7

I. F. Clarke

This selection of short stories offers a return journey through the future as it used to be. Time speeds backwards to the 1870s - to the alpha point of modern futuristic fiction - the opening years of that enchanted period before the First World War when Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and many able writers delighted readers from Sydney to Seattle with their most original revelations of things-to-come. In all their anticipations, the dominant factor was the recognition that the new industrial societies would continue to evolve in obedience to the rate of change. One major event that caused all to think furiously about the future was the Franco-German War of 1870. The new weapons and the new methods of army organization had shown that the conduct of warfare was changing; and, in response to that perception of change, a new form of fiction took on the task of describing the conduct of the war-to-come.

Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction: The Paper Warriors and Their Fights of Fantasy - (1995) - essay by I. F. Clarke
  • 27 - The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer - (1871) - novella by George Tomkyns Chesney
  • 74 - The Battle of Dorking - (1871) - poem by Anonymous
  • 77 - Der Ruhm, or, The Wreck of German Unity. The Narrative of a Brandenburger Hauptmann - (1871) - shortstory by Anonymous
  • 95 - War in the Twentieth Century - [Le vingtième siècle / The Twentieth Century - 2] - (1995) - shortstory by Albert Robida (trans. of La Guerre au vingtième siècle 1887)
  • 113 - The Taking of Dover (excerpt) - (1888) - shortfiction by Horace Francis Lester
  • 139 - In a Conning Tower: How I Took HMS Majestic Into Action - (1888) - novelette by Hugh Oakley Arnold-Foster
  • 162 - The Stricken Nation (excerpt) - (1890) - shortfiction by Hugh Grattan Donnelly
  • 193 - The Raid of Le Vengeur - (1901) - shortstory by George Griffith
  • 210 - The Green Curve - (1909) - novelette by Ole-Luk-Oie [as by Ernest Swinton ]
  • 234 - The Trenches - (1908) - shortstory by C. E. Vickers
  • 251 - The Secret of the Army Aeroplane - (1909) - shortstory by A. A. Milne
  • 257 - The Unparalleled Invasion - (1910) - shortstory by Jack London
  • 271 - A Vision of the Future - (1912) - shortstory by Gustaf Janson
  • 281 - Planes! - (1913) - shortstory by F. Britten Austin [as by Frederick Britten Austin ]
  • 293 - Danger!: Being the Log of Captain John Sirius - (1914) - novelette by Arthur Conan Doyle (variant of Danger!)
  • 321 - Frankreichs Ende im Jahr 19?? (excerpt) - (1995) - novelette by Adolf Sommerfeld

The Great War with Germany, 1890-1914: Fictions and Fantasies of the War-to-Come

Liverpool SF Studies: Book 12

I. F. Clarke

In the second of a series of anthologies on future war stories, the leading specialist in the field presents a selection of prophetic tales about the conflict-to-come between the British and the Germans, tales which had immense influence in the quarter-century before the First World War. An extensive range of contemporary illustrations is included.

Contents:

  • 1 - 'Horribly Stuffed with Epithets of War' - essay by I. F. Clarke
  • 29 - The Great War of 198- (excerpt) - (1893) - shortfiction by Colonel J. F. Maurice, R. A. and Rear-Admiral P. Colomb and Captain F. N. Maude and Archibald Forbes and Charles Lowe and D. Christie Murray and F. Scudamore
  • 72 - The Final War (excerpt) - (1896) - shortfiction by Louis Tracy
  • 80 - The Spies of the Wight (excerpt) - (1899) - shortfiction by Headon Hill
  • 87 - Die Abrechnung mit England (excerpt) - (1900) - shortfiction by Karl Eisenhart
  • 102 - The Invaders (excerpt) - (1901) - shortfiction by Louis Tracy
  • 108 - The Enemy in Our Midst (excerpt) - (1903) - shortfiction by Walter Wood
  • 116 - The Riddle of the Sands (excerpt) - (1903) - shortfiction by Erskine Childers
  • 129 - A New Trafalgar (excerpt) - (1902) - shortfiction by A. C. Curtis
  • 139 - The Invasion of 1910 (excerpt) - (1906) - shortfiction by William Le Queux
  • 152 - When the Eagle Flies Seaward (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by Patrick Vaux and Lionel Yexley
  • 167 - The Death Trap (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by Robert W. Cole (variant of The Death Trap (Extract)) [as by Robert William Cole ]
  • 178 - The Child's Guide to Knowledge - (1909) - shortstory by Anonymous
  • 183 - The Coming Conquest of England (excerpt) - (1906) - shortfiction by August Niemann
  • 201 - Armageddon 190- (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff [as by Seestern ]
  • 225 - Die 'Offensiv-Invasion' gegen England (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by Karl Bliebtreu
  • 233 - Berlin-Bagdad: Das Deutsche Weltreich im Zeitalter der Luftschifffahrt, 1910-1931 (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by Rudolf Martin
  • 249 - The Real Le Queux (excerpt) - (1938) - shortfiction by N. St. Barbe Sladen
  • 256 - Before the Lights Went Out (excerpt) - (1945) - shortfiction by Esmé Wingfield-Stratford
  • 256 - Bouquets for Fleet Street (excerpt) - (1951) - shortfiction by Bernard Falk
  • 258 - About German Spies - (1910) - essay by Charles Lowe
  • 276 - The Essence of Parliament - (1908) - shortstory by Anonymous
  • 278 - Les Fictions guerrières anglaises - (1910) - essay by Louis C.
  • 281 - Incidents of the Coming Invasion of England (cartoon) - (1910) - interior artwork by W. Heath Robinson
  • 293 - Die Invasion Englands in englischer Belechtung - (1908) - essay by Anonymous
  • 296 - Vademecum für Phantasiestrategen - (1908) - essay by Carl Siwinna
  • 313 - The Swoop! or, How Clarence Saved England (excerpt) - (1909) - shortfiction by P. G. Wodehouse
  • 326 - The Boy Galloper (excerpt) - (1903) - shortfiction by L. James
  • 339 - The Message (excerpt) - (1907) - shortfiction by A. J. Dawson
  • 356 - When England Slept - (1909) - shortstory by Capt. H. Curties
  • 363 - The North Sea Bubble - (1906) - shortstory by Ernest Oldmeadow
  • 368 - When William Came (excerpt) - (1913) - shortfiction by Saki
  • 377 - The Cliffs - (1909) - poem by Charles Doughty
  • 381 - The Battle of the North Sea (excerpt) - (1912) - shortfiction by Rear Admiral Eardley-Wilmot
  • 385 - 'Sink, Burn, Destroy': Der Schlag gegen Deutschland (excerpt) - (1905) - shortfiction by Anonymous
  • 390 - The Germans in Hampton Court (excerpt) - (1904) - shortfiction by August Niemann
  • 398 - 100 Jahre deutsche Zukunft (excerpt) - (1913) - shortfiction by Max Heinrichka
  • 408 - Hindenburgs Einmarsch in London (excerpt) - (1915) - shortfiction by Paul Georg Münch
  • 413 - America Fallen (excerpt) - (1915) - shortfiction by J. Bernard Walker
  • 413 - Epilogue: Meanwhile, Across the Atlantic - essay by I. F. Clarke
  • 413 - Introduction (America Fallen by J. Bernard Walker) - (1915) - essay by George Haven Putnam
  • 422 - Notes (The Great War with Germany, 1890-1914) - essay by I. F. Clarke

The Great War: American Front

The Great War: Book 1

Harry Turtledove

When the Great War engulfed Europe in 1914, the United States and the Confederate States of America, bitter enemies for five decades, entered the fray on opposite sides: the United States aligned with the newly strong Germany, while the Confederacy joined forces with their longtime allies, Britain and France. But it soon became clear to both sides that this fight would be different--that war itself would never be the same again. For this was to be a protracted, global conflict waged with new and chillingly efficient innovations--the machine gun, the airplane, poison gas, and trench warfare.

Across the Americas, the fighting raged like wildfire on multiple and far-flung fronts. As President Theodore Roosevelt rallied the diverse ethnic groups of the northern states--Irish and Italians, Mormons and Jews--Confederate President Woodrow Wilson struggled to hold together a Confederacy still beset by ignorance, prejudice, and class divisions. And as the war thundered on, southern blacks, oppressed for generations, found themselves fatefully drawn into a climactic confrontation...

The Great War: Walk in Hell

The Great War: Book 2

Harry Turtledove

The year is 1915, and the world is convulsing. Though the Confederacy has defeated its northern enemy twice, this time the United States has allied with the Kaiser. In the South, the freed slaves, fueled by Marxist rhetoric and the bitterness of a racist nation, take up the weapons of the Red rebellion. Despite these advantages, the United States remains pinned between Canada and the Confederate States of America, so the bloody conflict continues and grows. Both presidents--Theodore Roosevelt of the Union and staunch Confederate Woodrow Wilson--are stubbornly determined to lead their nations to victory, at any cost. . .

The Great War: Breakthroughs

The Great War: Book 3

Harry Turtledove

Is it the war to end all wars--or war without end? What began as a conflict in Europe, when Germany unleashed a lightning assault on its enemies, soon spreads to North America, as a long-simmering hatred between two independent nations explodes in bloody combat. Twice in fifty years the Confederate States of America had humiliated their northern neighbor. Now revenge may at last be at hand.

Into this vast, seething cauldron plunges a new generation of weaponry changing the shape of war and the balance of power. While the Confederate States are distracted by an insurgency of African Americans who dream of establishing their own socialist republic, the United States are free to bring their military and industrial might directly to bear--and to unleash the most horrific armored assault the world has ever seen. Victory is at hand. But at a price that may be worse than war itself . . .