H. G. Wells. The War in the Air, and Particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While It Lasted. Illustrated by A. C. Michael. London: George Bell and Sons, 1908.
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Wells foresaw powered flight as early as 1900’s Anticipations. In The War in the Air, Wells predicts a war between Germany and the alliance of Britain and the United States; the invention of powerful aircraft and the bombing of civilian populations that reduces civilization back to the level of the Iron Age.