The subject of this timely book is that body of fiction which speculates in narrative form about the nature of wars likely to break out in the near or distant future. Although earlier instances occur, the origins of this mode lie primarily in the late nineteenth century but writing about future wars continues to this day with notable fiction on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ranging widely across periods and conflicts real and imagined, and boasting contributions from the late I. F. Clarke, H. Bruce Franklin and Patrick Parrinder, Future Wars explores the fascinating process of interaction between politics and literature, science fiction and war in a range of classic texts. Individual essays explore Reagan’s ‘star wars’ project, nuclear fiction, Martian invasion, and the Pax Americana among other topics. The use of future war scenarios in military planning dates back to the nineteenth century. Future Wars concludes with an assessment by an officer in the U.S. Army of the continuing usefulness of future wars fiction.
A broad time-span of subjects extending from the nineteenth century to the present day. A variety of critical approaches by leading scholars in the field which engage with historically specific instances or survey a theme in this fiction. The use of future war scenarios in military planning dates back to the nineteenth century. This book concludes with an assessment by an officer in the U.S. Army of the continuing usefulness of future wars fiction
Future Wars is a collection of rich, contextualised historical studies. It is a testament to the legacy of I. F. Clarke that the book consists of such strong, original, scholarly work.