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A MAKER OF HISTORY By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM

A Maker of History
A Maker of History
A Maker of History by Edward Phillips Oppenheim (22 October 1866 – 3 February 1946) an English novelist, in his lifetime a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers. A tale of espionage and threatened war between Russia, Germany and England built around the Dogger Bank incident during the Russo-Japanese War.
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Banzai!

Banzai!
Banzai!
Banzai! by Parabellum (Psuedonym.) Written by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff, Published, January, 1909. The "yellow peril" was a subject exploited by many popular novelists of the early twentieth century. Banzai!, first published in Germany in 1908, forecasts a world situation remarkably similar to that of the second world war, and anticipates in many ways the concepts of propaganda warfare developed in more modern times. The Japanese have infiltrated the Philippines, and have begun an underground campaign against the Americans that culminates with the destruction of an American warship. Meanwhile, organized gangs of "bandits" seize railway trains and communication lines throughout the western US, and before the national government can react, the states of Oregon, Washington, and California are suddenly cut off from the rest of the country. The Japanese Imperial fleet sails unopposed into San Francisco Harbour, as part of a supposed series of naval war games under the direction of Admiral Perry as announced in the newspapers. Asian soldiers suddenly appear from their hiding places, and begin patrolling the streets of the city in strength, armed with weapons shipped to them in packing cases. American ships that have been loaded by Japanese stevedores unexpectedly begin blowing up in mid-ocean, and elsewhere on the sea strange new types of battleships are seen off the western American coast. With the help of balloons and airplanes, the other major cities in the West are soon conquered, and the Japanese offer peace. But the government vows to fight on, and the country slowly begins to organize formal and guerrilla resistance. The culminating battle is fought in the Rocky Mountains. Illustrated. Download now (1MB).
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Battle of Dorking – REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER

Battle of Dorking  - REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER
Battle of Dorking - REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER
Chesney’s "Battle of Dorking" - appeared in the Blackwood’s Magazine for May 1871. It touched off a chain reaction of alarm and indignation in the United Kingdom so much so that the prime minister, William Gladstone, felt he had to speak out against the "alarmism" of "a famous article called The Battle of Dorking." In The Battle of Dorking the narrator is a Volunteer, a half- trained soldier in the military who relates the story long after the German conquest. The Battle of Dorking set a precedent for Invasion Literature of the period and the eventual development of science fiction such a War of the Worlds. Download now (260KB)
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Invasion Literature Compendium

Invasion Literature Compendium
Invasion Literature Compendium
Invasion Literature Compendium all of these titles Battle of Dorking The Coming Conquest of England When William Came World peril of 1910 War of the Worlds - illustrated 1898 version The World Set Free Little Wars and Floor Games The War in the Air The Outlaws of the Air The Raid of the Le Vengeur Angel of the Revolution Riddle of the Sands The Great War in England in 1897 The Land Ironclads The Syren of the Skies The Swoop Banzai! plus: The New Zealanders are Coming; New Worlds for Old; Dr Trifulgas by Jules Verne, and If London were Like New York. Save heaps on individual items. Download now (18.8MB).
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Little Wars and Floor Games

Little Wars and Floor Games
Little Wars and Floor Games
Little Wars (A Game for Boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books) With an Appendix on Kriegspiel By H. G. Wells - Little Wars was written by the famous author H. G. Wells in 1913 and is a set of rules for playing with toy soldiers. Its full title is Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books. FLOOR GAMES A Father's Account of Play and Its Legacy of Healing by Herbert George Wells. Floor Games was written by science fiction author H. G. Wells in 1911 and is a lighthearted, sometimes humorous discussion about the theory, purpose, and methodology of playing a variety of children's games with models, miniatures, and other props. Floor Games is often somewhat misleadingly characterized as a "companion book" to Well's Little Wars, even though that book was not actually published until 1913, two years after the release of Floor Games. As the text of the earlier book makes clear, however, it was conceived of as a self-standing volume that the author might eventually decide to follow with a text devoted purely to wargames. Download now (650KB)
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Riddle of the Sands

Riddle of the Sands
Riddle of the Sands
Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. (published 1903) A record of Secret Service Recently Achieved. The mystery is equally well done. Apparently Childers wrote the book as a wakeup call to the British government to look to their North Sea defenses. He was very patriotic, and with his extensive knowledge of the Friesland coast, he intended his fictional story to be taken as a serious possibility by the British Navy. In fact, a North Sea port for the Royal Navy was constructed in response to his book. The fact that Childers was eventually shot by a firing squad for treason (because of his support for Irish home rule, ultimately manifested as gun-running on his yacht) adds even more meaning to this tale. It is a classic, in that it is the first in a long series of British espionage stories. Its basis in and impact on the real history of Britain, and the tragic historical role of its author, make it all the more interesting. The book is highly praised and still enjoyed for its accurate portrayal of cruising in a small sailing boat. Containing many realistic details based on Childers' own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast, the book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story. It was one of the early invasion novels which predicted war with Germany and called for British preparedness. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom. It is often called the first modern spy novel, although others are as well, it was certainly very influential in the genre and for its time. The book enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I and was extremely influential. Winston Churchill later credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow. It was also a notable influence on John Buchan. Download now (
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THE COMING CONQUEST OF ENGLAND by August Niemann

THE COMING CONQUEST OF ENGLAND  by August Niemann
THE COMING CONQUEST OF ENGLAND by August Niemann
As if to reinforce the invasion scares of the turn of the century, The Coming Invasion of England by a German Author raised the English nation's well-founded paranoid and jingoistic hackles to new heights. "The story that I shall portray in the following pages is not a chapter of the world's past history; it is the picture as it clearly developed itself to my mind's eye, on the publication of the first despatch of the Viceroy Alexieff to the Tsar of Russia. And, simultaneously like a flash of lightning, the telegram which the Emperor William sent to the Boers after Jameson's Raid crosses my memory—that telegram which aroused in the heart of the German nation such an abiding echo. I gaze into the picture, and am mindful of the duties and aims of our German nation. My dreams, the dreams of a German, show me the war that is to be, and the victory of the three great allied nations. Germany, France, and Russia—and a new division of the possessions of the earth as the final aim and object of this gigantic universal war." Download now (1 MB).
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The Great Pacific War – by H C Bywater

The Great Pacific War - by H C Bywater
The Great Pacific War - by H C Bywater
The novel which chillingly predicted the Pacific War and influenced Japanese and US naval strategy

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THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897

THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897
THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897
THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897 Published 1894 The Great War in England in 1897 was written by William Le Queux and published by Tower Publishing Co., London in 1894. Depicts the invasion of Britain by the French with their Cossack allies supported by the massed ranks of unemployed, idle and alien. The book has been seen as a contribution to the War Scare that culminated in the Great War of 1914 - 1918, it was a very real contribution to the sensationalising of Foreign Relations, and a successful attempt to create a fear of the working classes. With Le Queux's text, the insidious beat of prejudice, alarmism and prurience, they were immensely effective in presenting people with images that showed "what war would be like..." Illustrated. Download now (670kb).
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The Land Ironclads

The Land Ironclads
The Land Ironclads
The Land Ironclads - Published 1904. Written in 1904 by H.G. Wells, The Land Ironclads is a short story prescient of the First World War. The Ironclads are 100 ft long machines with remote controlled guns and accommodation for 42 soldiers, including 7 officers. They move with small wheels with feet called "Pedrails", and attain a maximum of 8 mph. Many politicians during WWI wished to apply the concept and make real Ironclads. The First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill and the Landships Committee developed the first tanks in WWI without Wells' involvement, Wells was embittered and developed an aversion to politics for a short time. It is said that this story was the starting point of tanks in World War I. Leonardo da Vinci had also designed a proto-tank, but Wells' chief inspiration seems to have been Ironclad warships, which also feature significantly in one incident from The War of the Worlds. An important book in the invasion literature genre, it predicts the breakthrough in trench warfare which was still not to be achieved until late in the Great War. Few science fiction works were as uncannily accurate in fortelling the future as this short story published in 1903 by H.G. Wells. It portrays a conflict remarkably similar to the trench warfare of the First World War, in which the two sides face each other across a no-man's land. Wells describes the invention that breaks the stalemate between the combatants -- an armoured, all-terrain vehicle that can withstand small-arms fire and cross trenches...the Land Ironclads. Illustrated. Download now (
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The Last Shot

The Last Shot
The Last Shot
1914—The Last Shot—a novel about a fictional major European war, from the point of view of a small set of soldiers and civilians. Written before the start of World War I. A story of war as it really is, told by a war correspondent who has seen scores of campaigns. It is the soul of war laid bare. Download now (1.7MB).
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THE OUTLAWS OF THE AIR

THE OUTLAWS OF THE AIR
THE OUTLAWS OF THE AIR
THE OUTLAWS OF THE AIR BY GEORGE GRIFFITH (published 1895). George Chetwyn Griffith-Jones (1857–1906) was a British science fiction writer and noted explorer who wrote during the turn of the century. His works appeared in magazines such as Pearson's Magazine. Griffith was never popular in the United States due to his political views, and though outsellling HG Wells was overshadowed by his fame. Griffith was an explorer as well as a writer, and broke a record for travelling around the world; and he helped discover the source of the Amazon river. The Outlaws of the Air depicts aerial warfare, bombing of London and the creation of a Pacific island utopia. Illustrated. Download now.
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THE RAID OF THE LE VENGEUR BY GEORGE GRIFFITH (published 1901)

THE RAID OF THE LE VENGEUR    BY   GEORGE GRIFFITH    (published 1901)
THE RAID OF THE LE VENGEUR BY GEORGE GRIFFITH (published 1901)
William Wallace Tyrell, Captain Leon Flaubert, and Flaubert's submarine Le Vengeur, were first introduced in "The Raid of Le Vengeur," by George Griffith, which first appeared in Pearson's Magazine in its February 1901 issue. An interesting and well-paced story of dueling military scientists, with a love story subplot that is not out of place. "The Raid of Le Vengeur" is set at some undefined point in the late 19th century, when the tension between Britain and France has risen almost to the point of war. Flaubert, a Captain "of the Marine Experimental Department of the French Navy," is trying to figure out some way in which submarines could be made to navigate under water. The logical thing is head-lights, but when they are turned on their lights were reflected on the surface, which pinpointed them and made them easy targets. Flaubert cannot think of any other solution to the puzzle, and he is desperate to solve this problem. Being brilliant, he does. Illustrated. Download now (690kb).
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The Swoop or How Clarence Saved England – A Tale of the Great Invasion

The Swoop or How Clarence Saved England - A Tale of the Great Invasion
The Swoop or How Clarence Saved England - A Tale of the Great Invasion
The Swoop or How Clarence Saved England A Tale of the Great Invasion published 1909 PG Wodehouse. The book is a comical satire, telling of the invasion of England by armies from Germany, Russia and various other nations, featuring several well-known political figures of the age. The invaders are hampered by bickering amongst themselves, the lure of music hall fame, and the common cold, before finally meeting their nemesis in the form of a band of Boy Scouts, led by the indomitable Clarence Chugwater. Download now (275kb)
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The War in the Air and particularly how Mr Bert Smallways fared while it lasted by HG Wells

The War in the Air    and particularly how Mr Bert Smallways fared while it lasted by HG Wells
The War in the Air and particularly how Mr Bert Smallways fared while it lasted by HG Wells
The War in the Air and particularly how Mr Bert Smallways fared while it lasted. by HG Wells published 1907. The War in the Air is a novel by H. G. Wells, written in 1907, serialized and published in 1908. Like many of Wells’ works, it is notable for its prophetic ideas, images, and concepts, in this case, the use of the airplane for the purpose of warfare and the coming of World War I. The novel's hero is Bert Smallways, a forward-thinking young man, a "kind of bicycle engineer of the let's-have-a-look-at-it and enamel chipping variety." Wells envisions a world in which China and Japan form an alliance of Eastern Asia; Germany is aggressive and thrusting; and the United States is a country torn apart "in violent conflict between Federal and State governments upon the question of universal service in a defensive militia." The British Empire is a more pacific power, whose possessions are scattered across the globe, and distracted by "insurrectionary movements in Ireland and among all its Subject Races. It had given these subject races cigarettes, boots, bowler hats, cricket, race meetings, cheap revolvers, petroleum, the factory system of industry, half penny newspapers in both English and the vernacular, inexpensive university degrees, motor-bicycles and electric trams…" France and the Latin Powers (Italy, Spain, Portugal) are militarized, but reluctant to fight; Russia is divided within itself, torn apart by conflict between revolutionaries and reactionaries. Other smaller states have armed themselves as best they can. Download now (640kb)
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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS BY HG Wells Illustrated version (first published 1898 ) But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited? . . . Are we or they Lords of the World? . . . And how are all things made for man?-- KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy). The book that made HG Wells’s reputation was, without question, The War of the Worlds. The book has never been out of print since 1898. It has been adapted for all forms of media, most notoriously Orson Welles’s radio broadcast in 1938, which caused panic and hysteria in parts of New York and New Jersey, and most recently Steven Spielberg’s film version. Although now over a hundred years old, it never fails to attract, entertain, even repel its readers, because its theme of invasion by a superior and seemingly invincible enemy is as relevant today as it has ever been. Download now (5MB).
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THE WORLD PERIL OF 1910 BY GEORGE GRIFFITH

THE WORLD PERIL  OF 1910  BY GEORGE GRIFFITH
THE WORLD PERIL OF 1910 BY GEORGE GRIFFITH
Originally published in 1907, this little-known science fiction classic describes a planet beset by world war---a war involving super-weapons of almost inconceivable power---while under the threat of annihilation by a fast-approaching comet. The World Peril of 1910 is not only one of the first books to describe the potential of a comet impact with earth, it includes the world's first countdown...George Chetwyn Griffith-Jones (1857–1906) was a British science fiction writer and noted explorer who wrote during the turn of the century. His works appeared in magazines such as Pearson's Magazine. Griffith was never popular in the United States due to his political views, and though outsellling HG Wells was overshadowed by his fame. Griffith was an explorer as well as a writer, and broke a record for travelling around the world; and he helped discover the source of the Amazon river. Undeniably the most popular science fiction writer in England between 1893 and 1895. Downlaod now (
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THE WORLD SET FREE

THE WORLD SET FREE
THE WORLD SET FREE
THE WORLD SET FREE H.G. WELLS Published 1914 The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. It is not one of Wells' better-remembered works, but is noteworthy for its depiction of fictional "atomic bombs" which eerily prefigure the development of real nuclear weapons. A constant theme in Wells' work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress. The novel opens: "The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal." Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. In his fiction, As fate or coincidence would have it, in reality the physicist Leó Szilárd read the book in 1932, conceived of the idea of nuclear chain reaction in 1933, and filed for patents on it in 1934. Wells did have some knowledge of actual atomic physics, Rutherford and Soddy's discovery of the disintegration of uranium. Soddy in a book called Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt praises The World Set Free. Download eBook now (456KB).
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Tsar Wars – Part 1 Angel of the Revolution – A Tale of the Coming Terror

Tsar Wars - Part 1    Angel of the Revolution -  A Tale of the Coming Terror
Tsar Wars - Part 1 Angel of the Revolution - A Tale of the Coming Terror
Tsar Wars - Part 1 Angel of the Revolution A Tale of the Coming Terror BY GEORGE GRIFFITH (published 1893). The Angel of the Revolution was written by George Chetwynd Griffith Jones (1857-1906). Angel of the Revolution was originally published as a serial in Pearson's Weekly in 1893 and proved immensely popular--phenomenally so--and was collected into a book the following year. Griffith Jones was a traveler, journalist and extremely successful and influential science fiction writer. He was in fact the most popular science fiction writer in England between 1893 and 1895, his work outselling Wells', with Griffith being the "envy and exasperation of Wells." Griffith was likewise quite influential on contemporary British science fiction, although his anti-Americanism led to his work not being published or even pirated in the U.S., which is why his influence in America is negligible and he remains mostly unknown. In this book, Natas, formerly Israel di Murska, a Hungarian Jew has the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Russian secret police after traveling to Russia to protest the Russian persecution of the Jews. They, of course, tormented him and treated him horribly, forcing him into hard labor and eventually paralyzing him from the waist down. He was later freed, only to find out that his wife had also been taken by the Russians and used as a sexual plaything by a Siberian official until she died of shame and misery. Understandably, Natas bore a great hatred in his heart for Russia, and this hate later spread to an animus for all established authority. Natas (who is a powerful mesmerist but never seemed to have used his powers to help himself when it counted) therefore founded the organisation Terror as a way to overthrow the governments of the world and form a new and more just world order. Illlustrated. Download now (1MB).
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Tsar Wars – Part 2 OLGA ROMANOFF or The Syren of the Skies

Tsar Wars - Part 2    OLGA ROMANOFF or The Syren of the Skies
Tsar Wars - Part 2 OLGA ROMANOFF or The Syren of the Skies
Tsar Wars - Part 2 OLGA ROMANOFF OR The Syren of the Skies A SEQUEL TO "THE ANGEL OF THE REVOLUTION" BY GEORGE GRIFFITH (published 1894). "Our empire is not bounded by the roofs of subterranean caverns, but only by the limits of the planet's atmosphere. We can soar beyond the clouds and dive beneath the seas. We have realised what he called the Vril force as a sober, scientific fact; and if I thought that you, for instance, were my enemy, I could strike you dead without so much as laying a hand on you. And if a dozen like you tried to overcome me by superior brute force, they would all meet with the same fate." Over a century of peace follows the Armageddon of 1904 detailed in Tsar Wars Episode One - Angel of the Revolution. The fifth generation of the Brotherhood of Freedom enforces the peace with flying ships and the mighty Vril-Force-until the last living child of the Tsar's line, Olga Romanoff, "beautiful beyond description and evil beyond comprehention," strikes back in revenge and plunges the world back into war. Complete with text and illustrations.
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When William Came by Saki

When William Came by Saki
When William Came by Saki
At the time of writing When William Came was set several years in the future, after a fictional war between Germany and Great Britain, which Germany had won. The book is a story of life in London after Germany occupation, and the changes that come with it. Novels such as this harnessed England's fear of invasion to such an extent that the daily press published public sightings of German spies and saboteurs on a regular basis. Such was the paranoia that the British Secret Service was purportedly established to investigate these espionage claims. In 1914, Monro felt that appeasement was the wrong way to deal with Germany; he wanted to sound a warning that if the British did not prepare for war, the consequence would be subjugation. This novel is the consequence, propaganda swiftly overtaken by events; he wanted to portray a Britain which had lost a war and been annexed by Germany to shock public opinion towards war preparation. Download now (290KB)
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